This is a beautiful guide to harmonize the body and mind connection through elegant Japanese calligraphy for fans of Ikigai and Wabi Sabi. SHO 書 to write, writing, calligraphy. DO 道 the path, the way or the Tao, the path of life.
The ancient Japanese art of calligraphy is more than just a decorative skill; it is a revolutionary approach to mindfulness. This book is a beautiful introduction to Shodo, which shows how the movement of a brush channels energy through the body and mind, uniting both in harmony.
What results on the paper is a true depiction of the present moment, a movement towards a more peaceful mindfulness. I am so happy to shares the history, philosophy and the art of Shodo. Designed throughout with my own stunning art, I begin with the basic brushstrokes, and builds up to drawing complete kanji, beautifully nuanced in both appearance and meaning. Introductory sections include practical information on what sort of ink, pens and brushes to use, how to prepare your space, how to sit and breathing exercises. This is alongside spiritual guidance, including the concept of Mushin 無心 (an undisturbed mind), Qi energy, and how to discover your unique inner quality. A final troubleshooting section allows you to identify what wobbles and imperfections in your lines can tell you about the various tensions and stresses in your body and mind.