The other day, my friend Lucy (@PoeticDreams on twitter or SheWhoWanders on The YouTube) was posting Zendalas that she had drawn while working at a pool for the summer. Â She seemed to be having a lot of fun doing them and they were elegant and beautiful! Â I decided that I would do a page in my journal and on my U-stream show about Zen Tangles.
First, I don’t do Zen Tangles very often. Â I find them very close to simple doodling and I just have never been one to do that. Â I don’t know why. Â After reading up on them though, I realize that it is really much deeper than a simple doodle. Â Doodles are just a collection of scratches that keep your hands busy. Â Zen Tangles are doodles with a purpose. They require composition and direction. Â They are a focus Â point instead of a distraction. Â It wasn’t until my show had started that I asked the question of why they are sometimes in circles and sometimes not. Â My friends in the chat room informed me that when they are in circles they are more like Mandalas and are referred to as Zendalas.
I started this one on my show, but there was no way I was going to be able to finish it. Â These actually require a lot of my attention and that is VERY hard to do and interact with a live audience at the same time. Â During the show, I pretty much got the three circles done and the tangle that eventually made the eye. Â The rest was done on camera, but not in front of a live audience.
You can watch the video on The YouTube, or simply watch it in the embedded player below:
The best part of this for me is that the folks watching the show that night were inspired to do their own Zen Tangles. Â They posted them on Flickr, and Twitter, and their blogs and Facebook pages. Â I was so very happy to see so many people playing with this along with me that I asked them if I could post them here. Â Here they are!