About my art...
The creation of art itself provides a way into the meditative state. This is not a new concept, art has traditionally been an integral part of spiritual paths the world over. Art helps us tap into a deeper and more quiet part of ourselves, allowing us to enter 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 to not only create beautiful art using structured patterns, but also as a way into a meditative state of relaxed focus where intuitive insights can surface, along with a sense of well-being and timelessness. Meditation and creation.
While I don’t always conform to the 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 to represent the unseen in my art, the underpinnings of the Universe, that which provides the hidden framework for all that we can physically see.
Thomas Merton said, “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” I found I have the capability of losing myself in this meditative process on a very regular basis. There is an alluring element of the siren’s song, calling me to keep trying 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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