The art of simplicity (or, “you are enough.”)
It’s said that we will teach what we ourselves need to learn. With this in mind, I bring to you the topic of simplicity.
Simplifying life seems to be everywhere I look. Real Simple magazine. The "tiny house” movement. Oodles of Pinterest boards with organization tips.
Yet with overflowing sources of inspiration to simplify, declutter and let go, I’m often faced with the feeling of lack. As I click through online tips for organization, I think “OMG, I need XYZ before I can truly live simply.”
In the end, the overarching feeling of being or having “enough” aches. “Simplification” becomes overwhelming.
As in life, so on the tile
I sometimes find myself drawn to “overdoing” in creating my tiles. I want to fill every blank space. I cram intricate tangles into small spaces.
Though I accept that part of this is my style in my Zentangle practice as well as my art, there’s a learning opportunity for me (and maybe some of you, too!). So my challenge this week is to play with the art of simplicity.
When you practice the art of simplicity, there is a consciousness to every moment. In the practice of Zentangle, there is an intention to every stroke. (Ah! See those similarities!)
Your first step is to breathe. Reconnect to the vital activity we do all day, keeping us alive, whether or not we’re aware of it. Place your hands on your paper or tile and take a minute or two with your eyes closed. (Really -- go ahead and close them. I'll still be here when you open them.)
Now that your eyes are open, I'm going to give you simple directions/tips for the challenge, but take this where you feel you want to go.
Keep your tangling space manageable. If you don't have an official Zentangle tile, you can cut a piece of paper into 3.5" x 3.5."
Pick two or three tangles, at the maxium.
After you draw each tangle, be conscious of when you've reached your point of "enoughness."
White space is your friend. Or, even, it's more than a friend.
And that's it. Simple.
Here's my tile:
|Tipple, Flukes, Indy-Rella|
I can't wait to see your tiles. I'd love to hear how "enoughness" and simplicity sit with you in your life.
Thank you, Laura, for the opportunity to contribute to your blog! Thank you, Zentangle community who I've "met" via the Diva blog. I've been nourished by your comments and feedback in the past. The community of Zentangle is such a gift.
About Katie Crommett, CZT®
Into my practice of Zentangle, I bring in my experience in creative writing and expression, art and energy healing. I became a Certified Zentangle® teacher so I could share the benefits of a mindfulness practice, blended with creative expression. I live in Worcester, Massachusetts, with my husband and our two cats. I love the coasts of Maine and Cape Cod. Music and its harmony come naturally to me while singing. I find a renewed energy and love for life when in nature. Find me online at www.katieczt.com
If you have a blog, add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;)
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;)