May 23, 2023

Hello Rick and Maria,

Welcome to Day 13 of Bijou's Be Well Bundle video series!

If you’re always racing to the next moment, what happens to the one you’re in? Slow down and enjoy the moment you’re in and live your life to the fullest.”

― Nanette Mathews

"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." Lao Tzu

Slow down. Bijou takes this one very seriously. He lives for it. He knows if he rushes about to get to his destination, that he misses out on so much. Yes, ultimately Bijou reaches the end of his journey, but he would be exhausted if he got there with a "pedal to the metal" attitude.

Hurrying through life causes stress, can cause mistakes, and ultimately takes away the enjoyment of the process. If the mindset is always to take the "to do" and make it a "done", we miss out on opportunities to grow from truly paying attention to the experience, being in the moment, and seeing other possibilities of what "done" could mean.

This philosophy is so important to the Zentangle Method. The method is about the journey, not the destination of the finished piece of art. The beautiful art is just the bonus. It is about being in the moment, getting lost in the pen strokes, enjoying the shade, embellishing with bits of love here and there. There is magic in slowing down and letting your creation unfold. Maybe that tile takes you a few days or a month until you feel like it is finished, but Bijou wisely knows that you will love it all the more because you took your time.

Be well, be you,


Bijou's Be Well Bundle - Day 13

The videos in the Bijou's Be Well Bundle series will be released every day through May 31, 2023. You can view all of the videos in this series here (after their release).

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Blog: Bijou Speaks - Slow Down

During the series, we will focus on one of Bijou's wise Bijouisms each day. In the archives of the Zentangle blogs, we have many thoughts and stories about these philosophies. We will be sharing some of them during this series.


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