Considering my art...
The act of creating art provides an opportunity to move into a meditative state. This is hardly a new concept, since generating symbolic art has traditionally been integral to spiritual paths the world over. Meaningful art brings us into a deeper and more quiet part of ourselves, allowing entry to a state of focus and flow. I found my way into this through Expressive Art classes offered at the UCSD Cancer Center designed to help cancer patients better cope with anxiety, pain, and fatigue. This is where I first encountered the Zentangle® art form…
The Zentangle Method is designed not only to create beautiful art using structured patterns, but is also a way to move reliably into a meditative state of relaxed focus where intuitive insights can surface, along with a sense of spaciousness and well-being. Timelessness. This art is designed for creation AND meditation.
While I don’t always conform to Zentangle guidelines, I am endlessly fascinated by the variety of this art’s non-verbal language of patterns. And from the fascination, I feel compelled to find ways of expressing the unseen in my art - the mysterious underpinnings of the Universe - which provide a hidden framework for all we can physically experience.
Thomas Merton said, “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” I find I lose myself in this meditative process - on a very regular basis. There's an alluring element to this siren’s song, calling me to express visually what I cannot actually see. So on my best days I do art, and that’s precisely what makes them the best days.
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