Zentangle Circle by Beata
Have you heard about Zentangle? Evidently I missed the advent of this artsy-crafty craze! Just look it up online. Yes. Everywhere!
This art form has been around for a very long time, and once you start practicing, you’ll see it everywhere! You will truly start ‘seeing with new eyes!’ This is a Zen-like form of meditation; you start with a pencil, pen and paper, and see what happens. It’s drawing simple, repeated patterns.
Have you experienced the state of Flow? That’s when you find yourself in a zone and you are totally focused on what you’re doing, even losing track of time. Or forgetting to eat lunch.
Rainbow Raven by Beata
Like yoga, this relaxed focus – or Flow – helps decrease stress, increase mindfulness and enhance creativity. The patterns are simple enough that anyone (and yes, even me) can create beautiful work. You might even see Zentangle as a metaphor for life… putting together a beautiful vision, one simple little line at a time.
Find your own Flow
Zentangle might not be for you, but please think about when you experience that state of Flow. What are you doing? Do you give yourself the opportunity to enjoy that feeling often enough?
Create some time in your own life for Flow!
The Year of the Serpent began on February 9, 2013. The serpent is a universal symbol of healing and rebirth. As Serpent sheds her skin, she is reborn. As she crawls on the ground, she is connected to Earth and the powers of healing.
February 2 was the celebration of Imbolc, or Candelmas. This date marks the return of light to our world. The seeds of possibility are waiting, dormant and ready to burst forth when spring warms the earth. What are you ready to rebirth?
Please enjoy this contribution from Marian Spadone on Inbolc:
“Under the blanket of Winter we nestle, sleeping the sleep of the newborn, the sleep of the seed. All is contained withing us — all future possibilities, all growth, all knowing. This is the time after the Great Dark but before the Bursting Forth. This is the time for dreaming and for knowing our dreams. This is the time of illumination. The light grows…Resting still in the cauldron of birth, we close two eyes and open our third. OUr dream vision is active. We have enought light now to see. Use the light! Brighten the light of your Inner Knowing.
Stirring in our seed sleep, we dream sweet dreams of who, what and how we will become. Think! What needs illumination within you? What desire needs a bit more light to be seen clearly? What quality in you has dimmed and needs brightening? Gather in circles to grow more luminous; recite poetry, start seeds or a creative project. And light many candles!” — Marian Spadone © Mother Tongue Ink 2012 *
As we await the birth of Spring and new possibilities, make a list of your dreams, desires and wishes. How will you rebirth yourself this year?
OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW!
Fast away the old year passes, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la, la, la!
Hail the new, ye lads and lassies, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la, la, la!
How did it get to be 2013 all of a sudden? I’m not quite ready yet! I’m sending out my annual “Planner” questions for you to review. And yes, I do write and reflect on these questions each year. I invite you to take some time to consider what you want to leave behind, in order to make room for new beginnings, new plans and new ways of being. Light a candle to represent releasing old patterns and freeing energy for the coming year.
The best way to make your intentions (resolutions) happen is to write them down. Another way is to share those intentions with someone else. So, find a friend, share your answers and walk with confidence into the new year.
Who knows what wonderful possibilities await you in 2013?
Looking Back on 2012
- List all of your accomplishments from this past year! Celebrate!
- What did you learn as a result of your accomplishments?
- What did you intend to complete, but didn’t? Did it matter?
Looking Forward to 2013
- Identify the relationships, places, circumstances, unfinished business, and worries that drain your energy. Which of these energy depleters are you willing to eliminate, resolve, or reframe in the New Year? How will you do that?
- When personal values are congruent with day-to-day activities, they produce energy and passion. What is your passion? What will you do to more fully align your values and passions in the coming year?
- What are your three most important intentions for 2013?
Happy New Year everyone! Thank you! You are awesome! I appreciate your continued interest and support. I hope you will share this wisdom with a friend.Ciao! Beata
This is a re-post from my New Year newsletter – worth repeating:
Happy New Year, Dearest Friends!
On Dec 21st, 2011 we celebrated the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year.
The word Jul or Yule
means wheel in Norwegian, and our ancestors believed a mystic wheel stopped turning briefly at this time of year, as one cycle ended and a new one began.
The Winter Solstice is traditionally a time to look back in reflection, and a time to look forward to the returning power of the sun, Lighting a Way in The Dark.
I invite you to take a moment to consider what you want to leave behind, in order to make room for new beginnings, new plans and new ways of being. Light a candle to represent releasing old patterns and freeing energy for the coming year.
Sending you Hope for Peace and Light in the New Year,
Buon Anno! Happy New Year!
I hope you have written and declared your intentions for 2012. If you haven’t, here’s what I am doing…
In the process of simplifying my life, I have decided to select just One Word that will be my intention for this year: FORWARD!
In order to move forward, I know that I also need to make room in my life and in my heart for whatever fine adventure or new friendships come my way. Each time a new opportunity arrives at my door, I want to be ready to let it in. In order to create that available space, I will be working on Letting Go! This is the hard part.
To make this intention more than a mental exercise, I am going to select five stones, each one representing one of the things I want to Let Go Of. Then I will take each stone and throw it into our pond, where it will (eventually) sink to the bottom. I think that will feel really good. I invite you to do the same.
I want to let go of:
What is your One Word for 2012?
What will you be Letting Go Of?
I’d love to hear from you.