This week the Diva had a guest blogger give us Challenge #241. Paula Bramante, CZT, is fascinated with stones, particularly those crowd-sourced piles of stones called Cairns that are used to mark out-of-the-way trails. I’m not much of a wilderness hiker, so I’ve never observed them before. However, the concept seems very generous and friendly, with complete strangers leaving markers to help out one another. The challenge was to use our intuition to create our own vision of stones and ceremony.
I used my intuition and, as you can see, the cairn led me down an entirely different path. It’s funny how these things work. As I meditated on potential tangles for creating a pile of stones, my brain jumped to memories of my childhood dinner table. And faint wisps of these memories returned carrying with them thoughts of my dad leading us in the creation of stacks of things found on the dinner table. Salt and pepper shakers, glasses, cups, cutlery. How much of this was real, how often this happened, I couldn’t really tell you. The memories are a bit too wispy for that. Perhaps my mom could chime in here. I don’t believe she would remember this as fondly as I do. I’m sure she watched, dreading any potential spills and breaks, as I would if I watched my girls doing the same at our table.
So…. this memory took me to thoughts of a new tangle I just discovered a few weeks ago, called Pots and Pans. It looks to me like piles of bowls stacked and nestled inside one another. Next, I envisioned that stack in a sink of soap bubbles (Tipple) with the tile backsplash behind them (Florz). And this is how Stones and Ceremony led to the every day ceremony of washing the dirty dishes!
After all the thought and meditation that went into the Diva challenge, I was ready to sit back and just experience this week’s Zendala Dare #114. I simply allowed the shapes to guide me, beginning with Paradox in the center, leading outward to Zander, and finishing with a simple Beadline border. It was so relaxing and a very Zen experience.
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