Inhale, exhale. Inhale, exhale.
Ah . . . Breathing.
A simple but necessary function for me, all of you, and Bijou, too (a land snail). It might just be the most important exercise any of us need to do, and yet how often do we concentrate on just that? Deep nourishing breaths, ones that make us light-headed. Remember as children, we would sometimes hold our breaths to see who could hold it the longest? Then we would all fall on the grass, (or sand) and laugh 'til there were tears in our eyes. Maybe those games we played were some of the more important things we were inherently teaching ourselves to do.
I believe that Rick, in his clever, quiet way, was trying to tell us this with his tile today. The importance of deep breathing. We can practice this when tangling, inhaling before a pen stroke, exhaling when finished. It's that simple. The Zentangle Method is an exercise in more ways than you think; as much a metaphor as a method. It is an exercise in relaxation, focus, sharing, patience, trust, and of course, letting go of the fear of making mistakes. It is a physical, mental, and creative training workout.
Let's just look at this tile he has prepared for you. The name of this tangle is drawings. Kind of a funny name for a tangle, unless you say it more like "draw-wings".
It's all about feathers, light and flight, the movement of air, of breath. Maybe, if we do this, it will make this "wind mill of wings" whirl ever so slightly, so we can see our efforts dance.
Well . . . it could happen that way . . .
Bijou insisted on including two Bijouisms today, "Breathe" and "Inspire." He says that they are related.
We all know (or think we know) about breathing. As Alfie pointed out, breathing is the inhale and the exhale. Breathing has its own rhythm and it forms its own pattern. During Zentangle workshops we remind students to breathe. Not because anyone forgets to breathe, but sometimes it is easy to hold your breathing cycle as tightly as you might hold your pen. So "Relax" (another Bijouism) the grip on your pen and relax the "grip" on your breathing. Magically everything feels differently when you do that - if only for that moment. And sometimes that is all that is necessary . . . that one moment.
Bijou suggested I look at the origins of "inspire" at etymonline.com. I learned that "inspire" has its origins from enspiren in the mid 14th century, meaning in part, "to fill (the mind, heart, etc., with grace, etc.)". And comes from the earlier Latin inspirare "'blow into, breathe upon,' figuratively 'inspire, excite, inflame,' from in- 'in' + spirare 'to breathe' (see spirit)."
Hmm, I think Bijou is on to something.
Alfie has been wanting to try out Maria's pens for some time now. Today he goes for it. He has no formal training in lettering, but he knows how to tangle! So with joyous anticipation and without any fear he kicks up his heels and trusts that he can "wing it!"
I'm all a-glow seeing him balance ever so elegantly between tangling that rock and reaching for those wings.
Welcome to the Project Pack No. 12 and the fifth day of the 12 Days of Zentangle!
It goes without saying that 2020 will go down in history as remarkable year. This year we all experienced the unexpected, the unknown and the uncertain. There were challenges that required our patience and strength in order for us to contribute to what the world needed.
In our Zentangle practice we encourage you to embrace the unexpected, the unknown and the uncertain as a part of your creative process. We encourage you to look for opportunities and to shift your perspective.
As we bring a close to a pivotal year in history, Project Pack No. 12 will offer us a magical time of rebirth, restoration, and awakening. We are excited to begin this year’s 12 Days of Zentangle, that we are calling the 2020 Zentangle Renaissance.
Project Pack No. 12 materials available here.
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