Friday, November 30, 2012


I've had quite the week.  First off, I had the opportunity to teach a nice small group at Synergy Healthcare the basics of Zentangle.  Heard back that a couple of the students tangled late into that night. Sweet!  Here's some of the fine work from that class.

Every year, I am forced to revisit a particularly distressing part of my past and this year was no exception.  I try to keep it out of my mind, but the anxiety tends to grow the closer I get to the date.   This past Thursday morning, while I got ready to leave the house I sat in a chair and asked for guidance.  Not bravery, not strength, just plain old guidance.   I didn't have time to do a tangle before I left, but knew I would have time in the doctor's waiting room, so my kit was at the ready. 

It seems when I need the most steadying, I will notice "messages".  Don't know if it is because I am on high alert that I notice them and they would be there anyway, but I would like to believe that they are there for me and anyone else who needs them and if they need them they will be obvious to only them.  Kind of like my belief that Zentangle will be shared with those who need it most in their lives.  Anyway, I'm driving down town and I pull up behind a green VW bug at a stop light.  In the rear window, is simply written one word: "Forward".  That was all.  Yes, I thought, what ever happens I must concentrate on going forward and not getting stuck.

I then arrived at the doctors office feeling a bit better.  While waiting I started a Zentangle and I felt myself relax a little.  The nurse called me in and after we talked about Zentangle for a while, she took my blood pressure, bang on normal!  Usually under these circumstances it's too high. "Wow, this Zentangle stuff might really work!" I exclaimed to the nurse.  She then asked for my business card.

Then my doc walks in and immediately she noticed my kit on the floor and said "Okay, what are you in to now?"  So I gave her the schpeel.  She then said she had a nanny who after a particularly harrowing experience would color in coloring books until she felt better.  My doctor said "It was another way to heal for her.  Just mindlessly coloring."   It seems that if the mind is otherwise occupied, the spirit and body know exactly what to do to heal.

I drove slowly home along our beautiful Spokane River and at another light I stopped and noticed the sign on a oil change business who usually advertises specials and things like that, but on this day it said " Leave your worries behind."  So I did. 

Do you have a favorite Zentangling spot?  I do, it's on one of my wicker chairs in my bright south facing studio.  So while the bit of winter sun that we had today shone down on me, I created a tangle in my sketchbook of what I had experienced on Thursday, a nice reminder, to go Forward and to leave my worries behind.  What was that zipping by?  Oh, that was a worry, it's gone now, thank you!

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