I was trained since childhood on the traditional Chinese calligraphy. I love it because of the whole atmosphere during writing. In the beginning, I enjoyed copying the ancient masters' pieces and working out beautiful characters. And now, I enjoy the moments contacting with mind, body, brush, ink, paper and even more…it is a nice experience to melt “oneself” into an interdependent process.
The brush and its contact with ink and paper are the basic conditions for the appearance of a stroke. Each stroke is expressed in varied integration, which needs to be maintained in a constant balance.
The writing is done through the whole body, the hand and fingers are the representatives. During the writing, when you feel the bone too much, that means you give too much solidness. When you hold the shaft too loose, please remember to add more supportive strength. You should try to feel the softness of the hair of the brush through feeling the softness of your hand and fingers. When we can recognize and experience a lively body, – the integration of earth, water, wind and warmth, the lively strokes are possibly expressed.
The mind is a director and also an actor. But neither of them are independent, they are just part of a frequent flow – consciousness, feeling, perception, mental formation…each stroke is a part of the manifestation of continuous mental flow. We are writing mind rather than writing strokes.
The peace and ease are flowing with the awareness of state of mind, body, brush, ink, paper and even more… It is to experience the every moment of now, and free from the bondage of physical and mental forms.