Wednesday, April 6, 2016

~Relaxed Focus~

My sister and partner, Jan Steinle, made this Zentangle Inspired Art design recently and she was explaining to me how she went through the process of this beautiful tangled creation. Now that she is a CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) she breaks it down in such a way that it gives meaning to how she went about creating what she did. I thought I'd share that with you. Here is what she told me:

"This is a very basic pattern, (the checkerboard, called Knightsbridge, one of the earlier official patterns from the founders) that I teach in Intro to Zentangle classes, but I applied it to/used it to fill in another pattern (Scrolled Feather). So I used an 'old' pattern in a 'new' way. I slowed down to take my time to fill in all the little black squares as a 'meditative/relaxation exercise' rather than hurry thru it to get it done. It was the 'process' that was important, not the pattern! Lesson - be mindful of the moment, find the positive, be present, enjoy the process for what it is. (Relaxed focus)"

Next time you feel like you're in a rut or you're feeling stagnant or you feel like you're just going through the motions, think about what one or two small changes (or big changes) will do for your life experience. 

Self love starts with the basics - what can I do to improve my career path or a situation that is bothering me or gnawing at me and look for the results. The results will show up in ways you may not have imagined. As soon as you shift you're thinking, doors will open. Being proactive for a change is a powerful way to live. My best to you in making a positive difference in your own life.

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Carole Brecht

~The Sandwich Woman, the Heart of the Sandwich Generation~

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