Thursday, 19 February 2015

Chinese New Year 2015

The Year of the Goat..

Wishing a Happy Chinese New Year to those all for whom their traditional Lunar New Year begins today.

Here is my response to the Diva's challenge no.205



Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Zentangle at Asia Plateau

1.Caux Scholars find tangling captivating!

Practically each and every participant ( 18 of them) of the first ever edition of the 21 days 'Caux Scholars program' at the campus of Initiatives of Change, Asia Plateau, Panchgani enjoyed learning the Zentangle method of creating beautiful pieces of  art putting pen to the paper, one stroke at a time.

The scholars came from various countries- Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Armenia, Kenya, and India to name a few! Their focus was on Conflict Resolution, Peace building and sustainability. They found Zentangle method as an interesting tool to help agitated person to calm down!

Since the class took place post dinner, and went on till 11 pm, some of the scholars continued their tangling excitement into the next morning sessions!! Zentangle can become addictive!

2. New Interns at IofC:

If the Caux scholars took to tangling early January, a fresh batch of new interns at the IofC campus simply got mesmerised by the zentangle method early February! They too came from the different parts of the World. Some one from UK, to somebody from Kashmir, Shimla and Lucknow, and another from Tibet.

The class was only for over an hour, but they all picked the basics very well. Here is what they created as a 'Thank You' note to me:

One of the Afghan caux scholars was so taken in by the Zentangle method that she immediately ordered out on line the book The Beauty of Zentangle and no sooner she received it in Afghanistan, she flashed it on the facebook with all her excitement!

Zentangle is going places!


Tuesday, 17 February 2015

ABC of Zentangle...J

A little Zen, and some Tangles..
( To understand, and learn Zentangle®)

Linked to ABC Wednesday

J for Joy, Joy of Giving..

After a pause of a few months, here I am back with the series. The intervening pause was due to the continuous travel  and involvement in a lot of training programs happening at the campus of Initiatives of Change, Panchgani, India. I hope to take the series forward to its logical end, and it will happen.

So, let us take the matter forward.

We have featured 6 tangles, beginning with the letter J, here in the video below. These are - Jalousie, Jazazz, Jonqal, Jelly roll, Jeni cup and Jilli. The video also shows how to make a cube out of 6 visiting cards having one tangle each on every face of the cube.

ABC of Zentangle, J video:

                                                                   ABC of Zentangle..J

It may be interesting to know that the ABC of Zentangle series is becoming popular on the Youtube and hundreds of viewers have subscribed to my channel, and the numbers are growing by the day! All I have to say, with humility, THANK YOU to all who are supportive of my efforts ( particularly Genevieve Crabe of tangleharmony), and those who are subscribing and learning tangles there from.

And now some Zen...

Joy and pleasure contribute together to the state of mind we call as 'happiness'. And every one on the surface of the earth is in pursuit of it. What ever we do, all our actions, are, deep within, directed towards creating happiness. But then why are not we happy?

Good question, somebody would say. Let me put across my response to this question.

The conscious deeds we do are largely motivated by the desires to get pleasure, not joy. I consider pleasure as that good feeling created by sensorial inputs. A beautiful sunset, a lovely piece of music, tasty food, sensuous feeling by touch etc are all examples of sensorial 'pleasurable' feelings. Materialistic consumption is a big example of 'pleasure seeking' indulgence. However, the nature of all the sensorial inputs are out side in, temporary/short lived and selfish. The feeling does not last long. Also, since it is personal/individualistic, others are not interested.

Joy, on the other hand is inside out, non-sensorial, deeds producing joy are directed towards welfare of others, and hence long lasting. However, such deeds are usually few and far between, and otherwise unconscious ones.

The matter is clear then, that if the happiness index of a people is low, mostly because they have become more materialistic and consumerist society. Their efforts are only going to give them short lived and selfish pleasure.

Instead, if we increase our conscious deeds of doing good to others, it will produce joy, a long lasting happiness. It can be articulated as 'JOY of GIVING'. And practicing Zentangle regularly can develop the 'giving' attitude. Try it out!

Happy tangling, happy Giving!



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