“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives,” Annie Dillard wrote....It may be an elemental feature of our condition that the more scarce something is, the more precious it becomes. Just as the shortness of life calls....for filling each year with breadths of experience, so the shortness of the day calls for the fulness of each hour, each moment. No day concentrates and consecrates its elementary particles of time more powerfully than the shortest day of the year. With our awareness pointed to its brevity by ancient rites and modern calendars alike...something rapturous happens — a kind of portal into heightened presence opens up as every minute ticks with a supra-consciousness of its passage, pulsates with an extra fulness of being, while at the same time attuning us to the cyclical seasonality of time, reminding us of the cycles of life and death." Maria Popova
One way to slow things down is to meditate...and I do believe that Zentangle is "yoga for the brain". Remembering to breathe.
Here's another not yet finished. The emphasis for the Christmas season among the CZTs is tangling on toned paper (gray this time) with blue white and gold.
Sketching also slows time down. At this season all art and music slows life into bits that take on beauty and meaning.