You know, sometimes you have one thing in mind when you start drawing and you end up with another. In my experience it's the same in meditation...I sit down with one intention and end up going somewhere else entirely. It's all good, even the really hard bits.
Today was one of those days. I sat down to do Diva Challenge #238, planning on doing Tri-Bee, a new tangle by CZT Beata Winkler. So far so good. I see a strong connection between Trie-Bee and Zenith, the tangle introduced recently by Zentangle® Headquarters (don't ask me why I see a strong connection, I just do). So the plan was to put Zenith around the edges and put Tri-Bee in the middle. Instead, this is what happened. Or to put it another way, what the heck did happen???
Ok so you can kinda recognize Zenith around the edges, but Tri-Bee just flashed up from the bottom of the tile without ever showing its "TRI" part (it starts with a TRIangular center, if you look at the stepouts on the Diva's page, but somehow that center didn't want to show itself here).
I used a 4B pencil for the shading, which is a bit darker on the actual tile than it looks here. It was kind of one surprise after the other when I was doing the tile. I had drafted a tentative plan for it yesterday in my tangle-a-day calendar. I knew it wouldn't look exactly like that, but I didn't expect this. (go here to see--scroll down to the bottom of that post).
I like it, though! That's the thing.
Now that it's done, I get to go to the Diva Challenge webpage and see what others did with this (I don't let myself look before I do my own tile; otherwise I'd be endlessly copying, or intimidated out of ever trying).
The same thing happened in meditation this morning. I started going one place and ended up going somewhere else totally. Generally, I don't think of myself as someone who likes surprises. But maybe, just maybe, Zentangle and meditation are teaching me to learn to roll with them...and even enjoy them.
I'm a textile artist (traditional rug hooking, punch needle rug hooking, and other textile arts), long-time meditator and coach, focused on learning about the interplay of art, creativity, and mindfulness every day.
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SITES TO WATCH:
Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
Massachusetts Tarot Society
Skillful Meditation Project