P.S. [to Molly’s wondrous weed blog]
In our Certified Zentangle Teacher seminars, we point out that nature “tangles” in a hollibaugh fashion. When you look at the natural world: branches, leaves of grass, mountain peaks; you notice most are “drawn” one behind the other – in other words, in a hollibaugh fashion.
In seminars, we also show examples of “aura” in nature: tree growth rings, ripples in a still pond, and growth lines on shells.
But until last week, I had never noticed nature drawing an aura like this in the air.
Every morning at 10:00, the Zentangle staff gathers for tea on our wisteria covered porch. During tea last week, I noticed two tendrils of wisteria wending their way through the air. I couldn’t tell if one was aura-ing the other, or if each followed some similar template – some mysterious wisteria step-out – as they pushed aside the air to make room for more wisteria.
These tendrils show such beauty and symmetry. But before the Zentangle Method came into our lives, I don’t know if I would have appreciated this gift.
The Zentangle Method begins and ends with gratitude. I am grateful I noticed the miraculous and did not pass it off as coincidence. How often do we look at something and not see it?
A new world patiently awaits our appreciation, our gratitude, and our notice. At any moment we can take inspiration from beautiful patterns hidden in plain sight.
It is one reason that new tanglers joyfully exclaim, “I see patterns!”
Jane Franco on
thx for bringing us Zentangle and reminding us pattern is all around.
henri chan CZT18 on
Thank you for sharing this story – it is a lovely reminder to appreciate your daily surroundings!
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Barbara Paolucci on
I am not particularly spatial, so some of the Zentangles look very difficult to me.
Yet, I am grateful to have discovered this drawing form., and yes … everywhere I look, I see Zentangles!
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Deborah Lalonde on
These are beautiful photos!
I am always amazed when I see something in my everyday paths that I never noticed before … maybe it is because those everyday paths are constantly changing or maybe I sometimes think it is more about what you are looking for.
Not long ago I was walking in a neighborhood near Santa Rosa, CA and saw overlapping “tangles” of tree bark that appeared to be shredding off the trunk and limbs. I don’t know what kind of tree it was but I took a picture of it and enjoy studying it from time to time.
Paula Schneider on
It always amazes me that there is always more see. And we are a part of nature too. Our veins are the same as the veins in a cabbage leaf! I wonder how many more similarities there are. Thank you! I love learning!
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Annika Wiener on
Since I have been tangling, I look at the world so differently now. My son is an arborist, so I see it all the time in nature as you pointed out. I see it in fabrics and home decor. It is a whole new world♥️
Thank You for sharing
I never really understood how to practice mindfulness until I spent time with you, Maria, Molly and The Zentangle Staff during CZT 10.
Thanks again to all of you for sharing your thoughts, photos, videos and tangles . . .
Jennifer Kwiecien CZT on
Alice Roche, CZT 29 on
Zentangle has made me notice patterns everywhere.
Love it all! Since I’ve been teaching tangling my friends are quick to point out tangles in their lives and share with me. Love it!
Terri Young, CZT16 on
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