“Meditative Art – Zen Ink Painting” will be the topic of a presentation at the Emerald Coast Meditation Society on Thursday, Sept. 8. Caroling Geary of wholeo.net will discuss and demonstrate this ancient Chinese practice. The ECMS meets at 6:30 p.m. at 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393, Santa Rosa Beach, one-half mile north of Hwy. 98. The meeting, open to the public without charge, begins with 30 minutes of silent meditation. The group is meeting on the second and fourth Thursday in September, then will revert to its usual meeting days of first and third Thursday. Geary will tell how she got into ink painting as a graduate student in art, writing an MFA thesis on the first Zen Buddhist painters. She then continued the practice as her artwork and meditation evolved. “Discussing the materials, process, mindset, culture, and goals of this art form leads to diving deeper to find the principles involved,” says Geary. “The basic relationship of simple ideas to meditation is the same whether the discipline is writing, music, yoga, martial art, flower arranging, archery or any creative endeavor, including math.” To conclude the program, everyone will have a go with the brush, ink, and paper, getting a feel for it. See her related work at http://tinyurl.com/3j9bc49. An artist, Geary has worked in the computer industry as a technician and tech writer, and retired in 1996 to do web art. A lover of the outdoors, she is a Friend of Deer Lake State Park, hikes, photographs, makes videos for the Florida Trail Association, and is becoming an expert on deer lichen. She is currently getting into high-definition video, and continues trying to communicate her visions. Her website is Wholeo.net. The ECMS is an ecumenical group open to anyone. It meets September through June on the first and third Thursdays except for this month, when it is the second and fourth Thursday. The evening will end around 8 p.m. with a short guided meditation. Anyone who would like meditation instruction should come at 6:15 p.m. Questions? Contact Nancy James, firstname.lastname@example.org.