Posts Tagged ‘change’

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Art by Steven McGovney and Tammy Cararot

Thank you Samuel Beckett for the inspiration for today’s post. As in Waiting for Godot we have been occupying ourselves with eating, sleeping, tangling, conversing, singing, playing games, exercising etc — anything “to hold the terrible silence at bay”

We are still waiting to move into our new home in Volcano. Our closing date has been delayed due to a signature needed by the title company. The problem is that the person needed to sign is somewhere in Africa.

In the present moment we are gratefully trusting that “Everything is working out perfectly.”

We are finally living a minimal lifestyle! We love the simplicity of a few dishes, some clothes and well…most of our possessions in boxes. We laugh with an understanding that achieving minimalism is a process.

To keep ourselves productive we have been spray painting everything that has rusted. Living on the ocean everything gets kissed by the sea salt. We sprayed our dull wicker couch a beautiful moss green and even dyed the cushions to match. Our only challenge was a stain that would not be removed in the center of the seat.

When life gives you stains, make (Zen)tangles

You cannot leave me alone with a pen in my hand and not expect me to make my mark. I started off with a small spiral and well… Surprise!

It will be interesting to see where this pattern takes me.

Tangles On The Move

“Energy is movement in a wave”

A reflection of my state of active energy

We have been experiencing a wave of change lately. It began with our journey into Rick and Maria’s world of Zentangle® and continues today as we explore minimalism and our new pattern of establishing Zen Habits.

All patterns are interrelated. When you make a change in one pattern, new patterns begin to emerge.

In the Zentangle process we are creating patterns and through the process of change exploring variations in these patterns. I am happy to announce that this has had an effect on our lives. We are moving!

Earl and I are in the process of purchasing a home in Volcano, on the Big Island of Hawaii. We are looking forward to participating in the artist community there. In the meantime we are sorting and attempting to make simple the many things in our life.

All of the Zentangle lessons that we learned during our Certified Zentangle Teacher Training are being put to use in our everyday life.

I look at all of the stuff that I have to sort and remind myself …one stroke at a time™

I look at the simplicity of a 31/2 inch square and know that I can finish packing one box and move on to the next one

I remind myself to Breathe ~ Relax ~ Smile

My words could go on and on but I am enjoying the Power of Less

Now that my story has been told ~ I want to share with you…

Keep it simple

What to do with your Zentangle supplies when you are planning a move… Keep them together so you can find them amid the chaos of change. I have a wonderful case ~ on wheels ~ that once was the home for some craft supplies and it is now the home of all of my tiles, pens, books etc.

I will certainly be able to pick it out among the crowd of boxes and crates that are piled high in the transition area of our home.  I don’t want to be separated far from my Zentangle art even for a second, so this way I will have access to my supplies when the need to relax comes upon me in the high energy environment of being neither there nor there but here in the present moment.

a hui hou ~ until we meet again

Our Foundation, upon this we build ~ Huna (Serge Kahili King) ~ HUNArt (Lois and Earl Stokes)

Whispering Aloha to Change

The one thing we can count on in life is change. This leaf belongs to Jan Boyd who attended the Certified Zentangle Teacher Seminar May 2010 Class #3. After a week it began to change from green to a golden brown. Beauty is in the transformation.

I too have changed after spending a magical time with a group of passionate people who love what they are doing. Zentangle® is Life. Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas walk their talk. Their energy, enthusiasm and generosity was embraced by all and we were transformed by the magic of their art.

Do not miss the opportunity to attend one of their classes. You will be changed in ways that will not only improve your creativity but will inspire that artist hidden inside of you. This seminar was not just an art class but a seminar that will help you live a creative and passionate life. You will see things differently and your world will never be the same.

This is Carole Ohl’s leaf.

As we embrace expressions of art that reflect Sabi or the beauty and serenity that comes with age and the process of change.

This is my leaf

Whispering Aloha to all who attended and if you can send me a picture of your leaf I will post it here for all to see.

The Autograph Tree (Clusia Rosea)

Our journey to the Zentangle Teacher Certification Seminar began a few days before our departure. We walked the red dirt roads of Kapoho, on the Hilo side of Big Island, Hawaii in search of leaves.

In the tradition that we were taught we offered up a prayer/chant to the goddess Laka, thanking her for these gifts of nature. We took a bag of leaves home to wash and dry out on our deck. We then put them in a box ready for inspection and shipping to the mainland. At Agricultural Inspection 5 inspectors went through 100 leaves checking them for insects. And they passed!

We were so happy to share a little bit of Hawaii with our class and were delighted by the warm welcome they received. Every one of our leaves came to life again with the loving tangles that were scratched upon them. The fragrance of each leaf as they were worked upon brought us back to the islands.

We then put all of our leaves on the table to display. Everyone of them was different! The tangles on these leaves were scratched on to the surface with bamboo skewers. I often use bamboo knitting needles to do this. We had to return home before they turned brown. It usually takes about a week. I would love to post pictures of the brown ones so if you were in the class please send me your photos.

For more pictures go to the Zentangle Blog


HUNArt: Patterns of Love and Power


Spiders spin mandalas of sacred art

Opening portals to the unseen world

Ancient silken strings embrace magic


I spend a lot of time being aware of patterns. Patterns of man and place, nature and spirit, sight and sound. There are no limits to the patterns that connect us, as the sky against the earth.


Waves of movement in the patterns integrate the HU and NA

HU – Active – Straight Lines

NA – Still – Curves and Circles

HUNA – “Secret” Hawaiian Esoteric Knowledge


Hidden patterns though not secret

Inner knowing outward sight

Rising, swelling, quieting, calming

Merging left and right


When I create art I am centered in the present moment. Mindful of my every movement. My Piko Piko breath launches me into radiant patterns of love and power. Appreciating the harmony of my work, I send the healing forth to create new patterns in those that are influenced by my work.

Patterns Concentrate


Circles enhance the effects

Spreads and releases tension

Energy moves out to the edge

Wholeness through intention


Rays gather as lines direct

Energy moves inward

To a point increase the flow

As spokes direct it out


Curved and straight the line becomes

Squares and triangles hold power

Spirits travel in straight lines

Unable to turn corners


Symbols hold the magic of the form

Images held and yet unspoken

Thoughts direct the energy

On wavelengths pulse intention


Moving meditations as in the art of Zentangle® and Cat’s Cradle help to open communication and bring into harmony Ku (memory), Lono (creativity) and Kane or Aumakua (inspiration).

I immerse myself into my art and emerge influenced by the healing that occurs within me.

The Art of Change

I scratch my Zentangle® with bamboo needles on the leaves of an autograph tree that grows in Hawaii. The leaves are thick and juicy and the lines turn to gold when first drawn. The process of watching a green leaf turn brown takes about a week and is a meditation in itself. If left in water they remain green longer and if left on the tree you can watch your art grow.

I embrace this expression of art that reflects Sabi or the beauty and serenity that comes with age and the process of change.

These Zentangles become my spirit friends who hold my prayerful intent.

Zentangle® and Cat’s Cradle

Lois and Earl Stokes teach the art of Zentangle® and Hei Hawaiian String Figures They can perform HUNArt as a ho’oponopono or healing ritual with you. Bring back into harmony your relationships. Find healing within yourself, with others and with the environment. Contact them:

First published Aloha/Huna International

Ensemble Your Life

Small parts make up a whole. One smile can become many. One act of kindness can be multiplied and played forward. When the big picture looks too difficult to achieve. Start small. Take just one step and watch what happens. Change just one thing in your life and see the effectiveness of your actions all around you. Sending you blessings of change…”Just do it.”

Whispering Aloha to Change

In Hawaii we have a plant that we call the autograph tree. I Zentangled one of the leaves and left it to dry. I watched as it changed colors and was blessed with the beauty of change.

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