Friday, 8 August 2014

ABC of Zentangle..D, D for Design & Discipline


Design, and Discipline.


A little Zen, and some Tangles..

( To understand, and learn Zentangle®)

Linked to ABC Wednesday, and Diva's Challenge no. 179

Let me begin with the word Discipline.

The Zen part of the post:

Several situations flash in my mind..
School discipline, Academic discipline, military discipline, road discipline, food/eating discipline, dress discipline, playfield discipline, party discipline...and finally self discipline.

By and large, the word discipline refers to one's behaviour vis-vis timing, place and situation. You are a disciplined person if you behave in a right/appropriate manner at the at the right/appropriate occasion, place and timing. However, all these outer manifestations have a direct connection with our inner/self discipline.

Self-discipline is the ability to control one's feelings and overcome one's weaknesses; the ability to pursue what one thinks is right despite temptations to abandon it.Self-discipline and self-control gives one power over his/her life. It there for also means controlling the mind. Most often we choose to repress the mind to save the situation rather than discipline the mind.

Osho, an extra ordinary philosopher and a mystic of the last century, was answering a question from one of his followers on the matter of 'disciplining' the mind versus repressing it.'

He says, 'The difference is so great that it is impossible to miss it. Repression happens through fighting with your mind. Discipline happens through being watchful, aware, alert. In discipline, there is no fight implied. In discipline, there is no condemnation, no evaluation. One simply looks at the mind silently, seeing the whole traffic without saying what is right and what is wrong, what should be and what should not be, just as standing by the side of the road you watch the people walking by - saints and sinners, beautiful people, ugly people, good people, bad people...'

Osho further describes the process of self discipline-

'A mother was telling her child, “Be very careful when you go to school because the traffic is dangerous at rush hour time.”
The child said, “Don’t be worried. I always wait by the side of the road. When a gap comes by, then I cross the road.”
“When a gap comes by…” As you are looking at your mind you will be surprised: gaps come by, intervals when there is nothing to be seen. The observer remains alone and because it is alone it is no longer as observer either.You can’t call it an observer because there is nothing to observe. The mirror is there, but it is not reflecting anything. There is no duality of the seen and the seer. In these intervals discipline arises.

The word 'discipline' is also beautiful. It is sometimes very significant to go to the root of words. 'Discipline' comes from a root which means learning. When you are looking at a gap, learning happens. Learning about what? Learning about yourself, because there is nothing else. You are full of awareness. You are just full of your own being, overflowing. And this experience of just being yourself, overflowing, undistracted by anything, undisturbed by anything is the greatest learning. The greatest possibility of knowing the truth. This is discipline!' 
See more at: http://spiritualsatya.com/osho-on-discipline/#sthash.pMGDCWzV.dpuf

Now let me bring in Zentangle in the context of its DESIGN.

It goes to the credit of Rick and Maria (Creators of Zentangle) to have carefully designed the process of zentangle that creates the 'gaps' described in the above paragraph. What with 'no pre-planning, and post judgement' rule while creating a zentangle. There is very little scope for the mind to meander! 'One stroke at a time', giving all your best to that stroke means you are compulsorily in the present moment.

 A good design is a process/means that takes you to its(logical) end (desired state). Zentangle does it, and does it very well.

Now some tangles..



Please click on the video below to see the six tangles being demonstrated, and assembled into the cube.



And do leave behind your feedback.

Come back next week for a bit of Zen, some tangles and demo video on the letter E

D I L I P

Osho on Discipline

Osho speaks on Discipline on his discourse series give at Osho Commune, Pune, India during spring and summer of 1980 (Excerpted from the book “Walking in Zen Sitting in Zen”).

Osho, you say: Go beyond the mind. Do not listen to its chatter. Discipline it and make it a servant. Do not be its slave. But how to know when the mind is being disciplined and when it is being repressed? Also, when I took sannyas the other night you said not to get hooked on you. I have to tell you that you are closing the stable door after this particular horse has already bolted.
- Prem Lisa
The difference is so great that it is impossible to miss it. Repression happens through fighting with your mind. Discipline happens through being watchful, aware, alert. In discipline, there is no fight implied. In discipline, there is no condemnation, no evaluation. One simply looks at the mind silently, seeing the whole traffic, without saying what is right and what is wrong, what should be and what should not be, just as, standing by the side of the road, you watch the people walking by – saints and sinners, beautiful people, ugly people, good people, bad people – but you are unconcerned. It has nothing to do with you; you are out of it.
That’s exactly the meaning of the English word “ecstasy”. Ecstasy means to be out of the mind. You are just looking, as one looks at the clouds moving in the sky or at the river flowing by – cool, detached. Neither are you trying to cling to something nor are you trying to push something away from you.
This is pure awareness: you are only a mirror. And in just being a mirror, the miracle happens – the miracle of discipline. Slowly slowly, the traffic starts disappearing. Less and less thoughts are moving on the road, less and less pictures are appearing on the screen, less and less memories, fantasies. Gaps start appearing.
A mother was telling her child, “Be very careful when you go to school because the traffic is dangerous at rush hour time.”
The child said, “Don’t be worried. I always wait by the side of the road. When a gap comes by, then I cross the road.”
“When a gap comes by…” As you are looking at your mind you will be surprised: gaps come by, intervals when there is nothing to be seen. The observer remains alone and because it is alone it is no longer as observer either. You can’t call it an observer because there is nothing to observe. The mirror is there, but it is not reflecting anything. There is no duality of the seen and the seer. In these intervals discipline arises.
The word “discipline” is also beautiful. It is sometimes very significant to go to the roots of words. “Discipline” comes from a root which means learning. When you are looking at a gap, learning happens. Learning about what? Learning about yourself, because there is nothing else. You are full of awareness. You are just full of your own being, overflowing. And this experience of just being yourself, overflowing, undistracted by anything, undisturbed by anything, is the greatest learning, the greatest possibility of knowing the truth. This is discipline.
- See more at: http://www.spiritualsatya.com/osho-on-discipline/#sthash.pMGDCWzV.dpuf




Osho on Discipline

Osho speaks on Discipline on his discourse series give at Osho Commune, Pune, India during spring and summer of 1980 (Excerpted from the book “Walking in Zen Sitting in Zen”).

Osho, you say: Go beyond the mind. Do not listen to its chatter. Discipline it and make it a servant. Do not be its slave. But how to know when the mind is being disciplined and when it is being repressed? Also, when I took sannyas the other night you said not to get hooked on you. I have to tell you that you are closing the stable door after this particular horse has already bolted.
- Prem Lisa
The difference is so great that it is impossible to miss it. Repression happens through fighting with your mind. Discipline happens through being watchful, aware, alert. In discipline, there is no fight implied. In discipline, there is no condemnation, no evaluation. One simply looks at the mind silently, seeing the whole traffic, without saying what is right and what is wrong, what should be and what should not be, just as, standing by the side of the road, you watch the people walking by – saints and sinners, beautiful people, ugly people, good people, bad people – but you are unconcerned. It has nothing to do with you; you are out of it.
That’s exactly the meaning of the English word “ecstasy”. Ecstasy means to be out of the mind. You are just looking, as one looks at the clouds moving in the sky or at the river flowing by – cool, detached. Neither are you trying to cling to something nor are you trying to push something away from you.
This is pure awareness: you are only a mirror. And in just being a mirror, the miracle happens – the miracle of discipline. Slowly slowly, the traffic starts disappearing. Less and less thoughts are moving on the road, less and less pictures are appearing on the screen, less and less memories, fantasies. Gaps start appearing.
A mother was telling her child, “Be very careful when you go to school because the traffic is dangerous at rush hour time.”
The child said, “Don’t be worried. I always wait by the side of the road. When a gap comes by, then I cross the road.”
“When a gap comes by…” As you are looking at your mind you will be surprised: gaps come by, intervals when there is nothing to be seen. The observer remains alone and because it is alone it is no longer as observer either. You can’t call it an observer because there is nothing to observe. The mirror is there, but it is not reflecting anything. There is no duality of the seen and the seer. In these intervals discipline arises.
The word “discipline” is also beautiful. It is sometimes very significant to go to the roots of words. “Discipline” comes from a root which means learning. When you are looking at a gap, learning happens. Learning about what? Learning about yourself, because there is nothing else. You are full of awareness. You are just full of your own being, overflowing. And this experience of just being yourself, overflowing, undistracted by anything, undisturbed by anything, is the greatest learning, the greatest possibility of knowing the truth. This is discipline.
- See more at: http://www.spiritualsatya.com/osho-on-discipline/#sthash.pMGDCWzV.dpuf

9 comments:

  1. I love this post! You really bring forward the connection between Zentangle and that meditative state that allows art to be revealed rather than manipulated. Thank you for sharing these thoughts. Also, it should be noted that the same root word for "discipline" also engendered "disciple".

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  2. Great post for D this week. Carver, ABC-Wed.Team

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