Thursday, September 26, 2013

Wherever You Go, There You Are

Fringe, Plates, Framz, Brabs, Black Pearl, Marie's border design

Wherever You Go, There You Are is a wonderful book by Jon Kabat-Zinn (1994).  It's been around for awhile and you can get cheap copies in paperback.  I highly recommend it.  Those of us interested in the "zen" in Zentangle sure will benefit from it and it's an easy easy read.  

"Mindfullness is an ancient Buddhist practice which has profound relevance for our present-day lives.  This relevance has nothing to do with Buddhism per se or with becoming a Buddhist, but it has everything to do with waking up and living in harmony with oneself and with the world.  It has to do with examining who we are, with questioning our view of the world and our place in it, and with cultivating some appreciation for the fullness of each moment we are alive.  Most of all it has to do with being in touch."

I thought on these words this morning as the clear autumn sunshine glimmered through the now-coloring leaves of the north woods of Wisconsin.  Yellow aspen and birch leaves slowing trickling down across the studio window.  Red maples against their gold and dark green pines beyond the rusty brown oaks.

Not so hard to be "in the moment" on a morning like this.  Jon recommends you begin by just listening to your breathing.  While doing this I composed the above Zentangle..particularly enjoying the new tangle called "Framz".  

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