Zentangle Creations..

“Zen” in Japanese means meditation & tangle is to entangle. “Zentangle” is a form of meditative art in which, the various patterns are tangled to form a beautiful image. This art is very intuitive, abstract & fun to learn. It involves drawing structured repetitive patterns which leads to the formation of beautiful designs. It increases creativity, focus and brings in a sense of well being and calms down and relaxes the mind.

For me personally, the introduction to zentangle was a chance event. I was always interested in the traditional form of art – drawing, painting, craft and the like. I accidentally happened to come across a post on zentangle in one of the social networking sites, which immediately caught my attention. This led me to do some netsurfing to discover more about this art form. From then on, I have taken to it literally, like a fish to water.

I have since created a few patterns and it gives me a kind of deep relaxation & relieves me from any stress that I may be going through. It calms me down. The feeling, of putting pen on paper and creating something so wonderful is just exhilarating. This art form brings out the creative expression within me & also gives me tremendous satisfaction. On busy days, I literally have to steal time for my newly discovered passion.

I have gifted a few of my zentangle creations to my near and dear ones, and the pleasure I derive from gifting my very own creations, is indeed very satisfying.

 

Fire and water

via Daily Prompt: Disastrous

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A tiny flame of a lamp fire can spread brightness,

A small heat from the fire, helps us roll out wonderful meals,

A  petite flash of fire on an insence stick, spreads fragrance,

A tiny spark is good enough to propel an engine.

But, a tiny spark neglected can turn ugly and disastrous.

Likewise,

Small amounts of water, quenches thirst,

Tiny tiny droplets of water, help us refresh,

Small  quantities of water, brings life into beings and plants,

Rivers and oceans flow perennially to contribute to our existence.

But, a tiny tremor under water can cause a Tsunami. Excessive incessant rains, Cyclones, tornado’s cloud bursts, we’ve seen the ill effects of all these furious forms of water.

Likewise, a human body also has elements of fire and water, and excess of either could burn us out or drown us in the deluge…the results of either could be disastrous. It’s always good to have and try to maintain a right balance of fire and water.

Keep the fire in us burning to drive us  towards our passion, to give us the dynamism and exuberance..

Keep our water element active by keeping cool, meditating, having compassion, practicing kindness, being ever grateful for what we have…

Have a blend of both, and it’s a perfect recipe, but in case of a clash of fire and water in your mind, give water the upper hand !!

Just an analogy, which came up while I thought about the prompt.Do let me know, what you feel. Would love to hear from you all.

 

 

The Life Tree

via Daily Prompt: Edible

A tree begins it’s journey from a tiny seed. Sprouting from the seed is a life, which has the potential to go on to become a huge, gigantic and mammoth tree. With care and nurturing it grows into a tiny sapling, dancing and swaying to the tunes of the wind. With love and care, it grows slowly and steadily to leap towards the sky and mature into a huge tree, to bear edible fruits, to withstand the strong winds, provide shelter and stand tall to provide life to the creatures and beings on the soil.

I often feel, there is a huge connect between humans and the trees. If I could draw an analogy, it would read, the human tree of LIFE. The conception of a human life, germinating from a sperm and an egg (could be compared to that of a seed), a little child coming to life (a tiny sapling), with care and nurturing, growing to be an adult ( a mature tree experiencing life) experiencing many facets and branching to different directions, bearing off springs (tree bearing fruits), providing for children, parents financially and otherwise (trees providing food, shelter etc).

And one fine day, it’s time to bid adieu, after offering our services and taking care of our duties, we are off the list, to begin the journey into another sphere of life !!

 

Haibun – An artists composition

The melodies of my day, dancing along the happy and the sad keys. Some beautiful memories of fun and frolic playing the happy keys. And, while I am upset and disturbed with the notes of arguments and misunderstandings with my near and dear ones, I am swaying to the tunes of the sad keys. I turn my mode, to one of introspection, to get a blend of harmony into my notes. The musical notes calming my nerves and soothing my anxious energies. Synergy with my energy triggering the artistic passion in me to create and give a beautiful art form to my tangled thoughts.

Patterns and notes,

Blend to perfect harmony,

Lending a thought to my creation,

Oh ! What a perfect combination !!

In response to COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #POETRY CHALLENGE 41 – #HAIKU #TANKA #HAIBUN: MUSIC & ART

Daily Prompt: Bumble

via Daily Prompt: Bumble

 

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A twinkle of the star,

A sprinkle of raindrops,

A tinkle of laughter,

A gambol of happy feet…

Are meant to be savored and enjoyed.

A bumble of words,

A mumble or a squabble,

A tremble of fear,

And a stumble over a hurdle…

Are meant to be handled with poise.

A sparkle of true love,

A flicker of joy,

A glimmer of hope,

And a jingle of life…

Are to be perceived and treasured.

For life is a mixed bag of emotions,

Enjoy every flavor and march ahead with determination.

Global warming of emotions..

via daily prompt : grit

Grit, courage, resolve, strength are all attributes which are required on a day to day basis. We can see multiple instances of this all around us.

We very frequently torment our Mother Earth with various forms of troubles in the form different types of pollution, deforestation, garbage dumps, global warming to name a few. And I’m sure, it’s not easy for the mother to handle all of this. She definitely needs a lot of grit and resolve to deal with it.

Similarly, we too, in our day to day lives, accumulate a lot of emotional pollution (gossip, being judgemental, greed ),emotional deforestation (cutting down our tree of life by losing our peace, calmness and satisfaction), emotional garbage (frustration, suppressed emotions), and emotional global warming (anger, stress….) to name a few.

It is a given then, that we do need a cosmic, colossal and elephantine load of grit, courage, resolve and strength for our emotional wellness and to carry on with our complicated’ly’ created life !!

Tanka – Two Sisters

This is dedicated to my one and only ever caring, loving and affectionate sister. She’s been there for me, to pull me out of my blues, comfort me and love me unconditionally. To you dear sis 🙂

 

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Two sisters are nice,

 Little sugar, little spice,

To quarrel and fight,

To share all that’s wrong and right,

Their bond of love, infinite.

 

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In response to Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge #40 – Sugar and Spice