Craft Ideas for Adults | 12 January 20176 Chinese Characters to Use to Inspire Peace and Calm This Year Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Creating? Use these 6 Chinese characters to inspire a better new year! Incorporate these symbols into your painting, mixed media project, craft, jewelry, sewing project–you name it. Find Chinese characters that move you and match the sentiments you want to deliver, and send a message to heal the world this year. We found great bamboo brushes to use for your project at Dick Blick! World Peace! Peace Peace is a combination of two Chinese characters: ? (“grain”; “rice plant”) and ? (“mouth”). ? also means “harmony.” ???? (Y? hé wéi guì) means “Harmony is a highly regarded value.” It is a Confucian philosophy that notes the importance of reaching harmony from different ideas and opinions. According to a famous Confucian saying, “Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.” Calm The character for “calm” consists of two components: ? (“a shield”) and ? (radical for “separation”). ? can also mean “even.” ? signifies the leveling of any unevenness and creation of a flat surface. In China, ? is a popular name, as it represents the parents’ hope that their child lead a smooth life facing few obstacles. In the words of a Chinese proverb: “The life of the virtuous may be expected to glide calmly on and long.” Blessing Blessing, ? consists of two parts: ?(radical for “to show”) and ? (“to fill”—which resembles a well-fed person). Within ? is the character ? (the number ten), which means “perfection.” ? also means “luck” and “happiness.” ? is an auspicious decorative character and is traditionally hung upside down to indicate that good luck or a blessing of good fortune is arriving. In Chinese, the word for “upside down”—? (dào)—has the same sound as the word for “arrives”—? (dào). Center The Chinese character for “center” is shaped like a flag centered on a pole. It is used to describe the “middle,” “half,” or “center.” ?? (Zh?ng guó—“China”) literally means “the Middle Kingdom.” ?? (Zh?ng y?ng—“Doctrine of the Mean”) is a principle of Confucianism. ?? advocates moderation in one’s life and keeping an impartial attitude toward any situation. It is the belief in following nature and allowing it to take its course. World In oracle shell writing, the character for “world” is a pictograph of three leaves on a branch—with each leaf representing one decade. In ancient China, thirty years represented a generation. ?? means “one lifetime.” In Buddhism, the phrase ?????, ????? (Y? hu? y? shì jiè, Y? yè y? pú tí) means “One flower, one world, one leaf, one buddhi.” In other words, if we open up our minds, each individual flower, leaf,or person is unique in its own way. Enlightenment can be found everywhere. Empowered In oracle shell writing, the character for “empowered” is a pictograph of a bear, which has a strong mouth and powerful feet. ? is used to describe the ability to accomplish goals and tasks, and having a can-do attitude. A Chinese saying emphasizing this positive, goal-oriented mind-set is ???? (Wú su? bù néng), which means “There is nothing that cannot be achieved or realized.” In other words, a capable person can accomplish anything. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: For centuries, scholars have viewed Chinese calligraphy as a regimen, a practice of calming the mind and nurturing the heart. It is viewed not only as a way to release stress and build patience but also as a path to self-development. It takes time and care to slowly grind the solid inkstone into liquid ink. It encourages good hand-eye coordination to execute the brushstroke. Chinese calligraphy has increased much in popularity nowadays, particularly among the younger generation. It has gained importance as a visual art form that is heavily influenced by culture and heritage. It is an art that most people can enjoy with minimal requirements – ink, brush, and paper. The fifty characters that were chosen all evoke a sense of peacefulness. The book is separated into three sections, with each section emphasizing elements that may affect our state of mind: Nature, Emotion, and Enlightenment. Nature is all around us, greatly impacting our lives. A. D. Puchalski’s lovely illustrations help to complement and illuminate the fact that we can find nature in all things. The characters selected for the Emotion section highlight those emotions that, when cultivated, will benefit our overall mental well-being. The characters in the Enlightenment section emphasize the relationship with oneself, and help us recognize how fortunate we are that we can acquire new skills and develop our infinite potential for personal growth. Chinese Calligraphy is bound in a handy slip case to keep the book and journal bound together. The binding of the book allows it to lay flat for easy reference while you craft your characters. By focusing on each individual brushstroke as you practice writing these calming characters, you will learn to appreciate the joy of Chinese calligraphy. It will also help clear and quiet your mind to the noise of your daily life. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.