Since the Supreme Court gave away the farm last week, I've been feeling as powerless and pissed off as I did in the bad old Bush days. I'm pretty sure the new ebay style "democracy" is not going to represent the interests of the people. But what the hell can we do about it?
One thing is to take better care of ourselves, on all levels, because there is less and less we can count on from anywhere beyond our neighbors, friends and family. On this note, I've been learning to meditate and trying to bring more meditative activities into my life. I recently learned to do walking meditation with a Vipassana monk that comes to my son's Tae Kwan Do studio on Sundays. It's easier for me than sitting meditation, where I almost always fall asleep. This is partly because I'm almost always sleep deprived, but also because wrestling my monkey mind into quiet is really hard.
Another thing I've been enjoying is this doodling meditation technique called Zentangle. Anyone who can put pen to paper can make one. Check out this Flickr group and another one to see some. There are many blogs and how-to videos out there about them. For something that is so simple, it's generated a lot of digital space.
You basically drawa simple shape - a circle, square, amorphous shape, then divide it up into 3 or 4 or 10 or however many pleasing shaped zones you want. Then you fill in the zones with patterns. Use nice paper and pens that feel good, or whatever you've got available. The important thing is, don't think about it too much (or at all). Just let your hand move and see what comes out, like automatic drawing.
I started doing it on the big whiteboard in the dining room that we use for homeschooling. The fact that it had to be wiped off on Friday for our movie club meeting made my attachment minimal. I added to it as I felt like it for 5 days, using different colors each time. My rules were 1. no repeated patterns and 2. don't plan before touching pen to board. Here's how it came out:
This week I've invited the family to participate and add pieces too.