. . . a suggestion to present be.
I see it more and more – buttons, bags, signs, and apparel touting this message or something of the sort – "Be present" "Be in the moment" "Just be" – but what does that mean?
I am present. I cannot possibly be the past or be the future? Can I? Of course not.
But the truth is, our minds often wander to another place or time that is not in the present here and now. We hash over what has already happened, as if we can change it. We worry about what might happen next, as if we can predict it. And, we miss what is happening at this red hot (chili pepper) moment.
Nowadays, it's also too easy to spend so much time calling, texting, photographing, and posting an experience that we miss the actual experience. What if we could reset our clocks to the present time zone and fully participate in our journeys as we are experiencing them?
I have found that creating Zentangle art resets this clock for me. It slows me down as I focus on the one stroke at hand. I don't focus on the one I made before and I cannot predict how the next one will go. I certainly cannot do all three! If I tried, it would jeopardize the quality of it all.
When I purely focus on the one stroke at hand, as if it is the only one there is, something beautiful happens. I then move on to the next with that same intention and in that way, I get more out of each moment.
This has trickled into my life too. I find myself more aware of where I am and who I'm with. I'm also less likely to overbook myself which just results in my rushing to the next event, not able to enjoy where (and when) I am. Also, by not trying to capture every memory on a camera, I can enjoy the moment more. Now, I pocket my phone when I am with others.
And whenever I discover that, once again, I've forgotten
Cheers to being present – now and everywhen!
This is a fun project for sure. The trick is to find a glass or vase with fairly straight sides and not much pattern in the glass.
Molly had this idea. She held the tiles while Julie poured in some wild rice.
You could also use white rice or lentils or black beans, but dry please! Noah had given me this "bouquet" of hot peppers ('cause I love all things spicy). You don't want to put live flowers or plants in the rice. Dried flowers, or even a branch from your yard would do. (You could hang more Bijou tiles from the branches!)
Winners from Day Seven:
- Lady Dragoness
- Hazel Shepherd
Congratulations! Winners, please send your snail mail address to Zentangle (at) gmail (dot) com.
We're all having so much fun with this . . . thank you for all your wonderful comments!
Rick, Maria, Bijou, Molly, and Julie