Saturday, January 11, 2014

Prayerful Tangling

          One thing I love, love, love about Zentangle is that it facilitates my ability to pray. I have a hard time sitting still. My hands need to be doing something. If all else fails I start eating and that is never a good thing - at least, not for me. So sitting still and praying with intention was a challenge and I often found myself rushing.

          The first time I experienced this sincere prayerful stance doing art was when I was making a bookmark for my friend Bev.  I had known Bev all along but I really came to consider her a friend after my mom died in 2000. Church was a difficult place to be because it was something I shared with Mom. She and I sat in the same pew every week and she would reach over and hold my hand when it was time to pray. When I finally got myself back to my church after Mom's death I met all these wonderful folks who kind of became my surrogate parents.  That sounds a little strange because I am 54 years old. I guess you always miss your parents, no matter how old you are. Bev is one of those wonderful individuals who sincerely cares about how you are when she asks, "How are you?" She hugs you tight as if she's greeting you after a long absence. When she hugged me it reminded me of my mom. There are several women at church who remind me of Mom.  So this bookmark was just a small something to give Bev on an important birthday. I wanted her to know that she made a difference in my life. While making the small piece of artwork I spent the time thinking about her and praying that God keep her safe, healthy and happy. The artwork was not a big deal, but the prayer was sincere and I feel that there is no greater gift than asking God to watch over someone. I know that I have been prayed for on many occasions and there are no words to explain how powerful that is.

          Bev's son-in-law has hemachomatosis and liver cancer. Many trips from Florida to specialists in Cleveland have been a financial burden for the family. Today I finished up an Organic Zentangle Inspired piece which will be part of an auction and benefit supper for the family.

11x14 - framed original artwork 

          I really hope that someone feels inspired to bid for it. What I know, is that I prayed for Mike and his family. It felt good to do and I hope they will find comfort and peace in knowing they are loved.

          If you'd like to learn how to use the Zentangle Art method to be more mindful, contact me or go to the official Zentangle website to find a Certified Zentangle Teacher near you.


  1. What a lovely post! I use Zentangle as a prayer, too! I lost my Mom this year and my brother Mike from cancer 2 years ago. This really touched my heart. Blessings to you, Bev, Mike, and all your loved ones.

    1. Pat - it is so nice to "meet" another CZT from Maine. Thanks for your kind comments.

  2. wow Janet...this hit home with me. I have used Prayerful Zentangle since 2009 when I was introduced to it by a friend. Your story about your Mom is priceless. I just lost my Mom on Christmas Day, she was buried 5 days later on her 81st Birthday. To say that the last month has been stressful would be an understatement. But when you mentioned that no matter how old you are you will always miss your parents. Here is something I wrote about that very subject. It's called "Lost"

    How is it possible that after 57 years of life I feel 5 again?...and lost.
    Alone in a crowd of strangers....with no sign of mom.
    My eyes dart from face to face looking for that familiar one.
    My legs carry me in circles looking for someone to help
    And my hand reaches for hers...only it’s not there.
    How is it possible that after 57 years of life I feel scared, lost and alone?
    My mind tells me that she’s in a better place,
    and as a Christian I know
    we will see each other again.
    But grief has cast it’s shadow.
    And I am 5 again....and lost.
    Thanks for sharing your story, it's nice to know I am not alone in my grief.
    Sue O.

    1. Thank you Sue for your kind comments. Your poetry is lovely. I'm sorry to hear about your recent loss - it must still be so raw for you. I will tell you it gets easier but it never completely goes away. When parents die, no matter your age, you become an orphan. Big hugs.

  3. Hi, I am a fellow CZT from 13. I use Zentangle to keep focus while praying as well and am in the process of making a Tangled Prayer Diary. I would love to share it with you when finished. I decided to follow. My blog is NancyD

    1. Thank you Nancy - I would love to see your Prayer Diary when it's finished. Thank you for your comments. I will be checking out your blog.

  4. What a beautiful feeling to know I've been guided to this space right at this moment... Prayerful Zentangling is exactly the pairing I was looking for this morning. I live in mid coast Maine and would love to create in a prayerful way with like minded artists, your blog will create that for me. Thank you~

  5. Oh Denice! I really needed to read your reply today. I had rotator cuff surgery last Friday and can't/shouldn't be making art yet. I hope you will stay in touch. Perhaps we can get together some time.


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