Calligraphy Meditative Movement
The art of calligraphy began near the Yellow River basin 8,000 years ago with the creation of Chinese characters. Without modern technology in ancient times, “Sound couldn’t travel to another place and couldn’t remain, so writings came into being to act as the track of meaning and sound.” However, instead of characters, the first calligraphies were pictures-like symbols.
The “Calligraphy Meditative Movement” is a unique practice which can be best understood as a combination of meditation and Qi Gong. Therefore, the healing
effect on the mind and body can be quite profound and it is a new style of meditation where mindfulness is achieved by combination of movement and focus on Chinese Calligraphy. The ancient art of Chinese calligraphy has long been a revered practice for cultivating the life force of energy (qi), well-being, and happiness and an esteemed path to wisdom. “Calligraphy Meditative Movement” is a gentle form of exercise that engages your entire body and musculoskeletal system. It uses slow, graceful movements while focusing your intention on balancing.
The meditative state created when practicing Calligraphy Movement helps to explain its broad benefits. When you meditate, your brain cells develop new connections. The brain’s physical structure actually changes, resulting in better cognitive skills, such as learning and memory. The longer you practice meditation, the more enduring the changes. Using brain-imaging technology, scientists have found that the act of meditating also engages the frontal lobe connections that directly influence the brain’s limbic system, which controls emotions.
These changes in brain activity and, over time, even brain structure enable you to better manage and handle negative emotions such as:
depression and anxiety
prevention of drug and alcohol abuse
The first study to show these alterations was published in the “NeuroReport” journal in 2005. Researchers used MRI scans to compare the brains of long-time meditators, who had practiced an average of nine years, to those of people who did not engage in meditation. The findings showed that people who meditated had a thicker cerebral cortex -- the area of the brain responsible for information processing -- and were able to better handle negative emotions than those who did not meditate.