Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Another tile after quite a while

Part of what has kept me busy since February is a new daily yoga practice I started in in February (Isha Yoga's Inner Engineering). The 45 minutes or so that I devote to this practice each morning used to be the time I would write and draw. I'm still working on bringing together the spare bits of time each day to do everything -- write, draw, practice yoga and meditate, exercise, read, cook. There are ways to do it, but it takes practice and clear intention.

Some yoga practitioners make it part of their daily practice to set a sankalpa -- one's deepest wish(es) in life. Here's a link to a nice, reader-friendly article about the meaning of sankalpa and the process for working with it: https://yogainternational.com/article/view/how-to-create-a-sankalpa.

My sankalpa for yesterday was pretty simple: I wanted to draw a tile. I had a long to-do list yesterday, and then my husband and I had a long discussion in the evening that was necessary. By the time I sat down to draw, it was already after 10:00 p.m., but I remembered setting my sankalpa in the morning and made sure to fulfill it before going to sleep. Here is what I drew:

It looks similar to many other tiles I've made, but I'm especially happy about this one because it represents a return to the drawing after a lengthy break. I have also come to see Zentangle much more as a process and a practice than an art form, so the results of the drawing don't matter so much to me anymore. It's all about picking up the pen and being with whatever happens as I put marks on the paper.