Mindfulness has become a big buzzword in the last couple of years. I’m going to be really honest – I used to be a huge sceptic about meditation and the like. I don’t know what it was, maybe I was still pretty young and immature. I just never really believed that it would work. Fast forward a couple years later and I totally take those thoughts back!
Having consciously practised mindfulness since the start of this year, I must say that deciding to take that leap into the mindfulness world has probably been one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made. The mindfulness journey has been made all the more easier as I’ve developed my calligraphy skills.
If you are someone who is not quite sure what mindfulness actually is, long story short – mindfulness is the act of focusing on being in the present. There are many types of meditation, such as loving-kindness meditation and guided meditation. Mindfulness is just one of many forms of meditation!
Being mindful of your breath is a common form of mindfulness during meditation. I find that this breath mindfulness is particularly important when I’m writing. Following my breath as I make the strokes certainly improves my awareness of being in the present. I am a firm believer that calligraphy can help ANYONE create a mindful space for themselves at the end of a long and hectic day, and it is totally a skill that anyone can learn. All you need is a pen!
With the boom of modern calligraphy and even faux calligraphy in today’s world, you no longer have to learn how to write a script in a particular way and follow all the specific rules. It is so crucial to learn how to let go and express yourself in the art of writing – that’s what is going to connect you with what you are doing, and that’s what’s going to connect others to the things you create too!
Breathing and posture is so important to learning calligraphy, and that is why I think calligraphy and mindfulness go hand in hand. If you are tense and not relaxed, your writing will be affected. You also need to be so in the zone and in the flow of things in order to create beautiful pieces of writing with calligraphy.
While calligraphy is my mindfulness outlet, there are heaps more activities and ways to practise mindfulness! Are you an individual who practises mindfulness? Share what you do, I’d love to learn more ways that people use to focus on the present.
Till next time xx