Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Participating in the world's largest Zentangle-inspired mosaic!





I am really excited that I had the chance to participate in making the world's largest Zentangle-inspired art piece in a charity event raising funds for Operation Santa Claus. The mosaic (measuring 4.3metres tall and 5.6 metres wide)made up of 3,024 Zentagle tiles is now displaying in the lobby of the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel in Hong Kong until 24th December.


So glad to draw the above 10 tiles for the event, they are my first Zentangle-inspired drawing and I fell for it instantly. It's another incredible mindfulness activity, a moving meditation which brings you a journey of peace and harmony, really lots of joy and fun! 




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Friday, September 19, 2014

Unconscious power

(Photo: taken from the window of my room)                                         


Do you know that we all possess great self-healing power only if we believe ourselves?



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Monday, September 15, 2014

Handwritten messages



From the experiences I had in retail and branding industry, I have witnessed and participated in different interactions between brands and customers. Of course most customers love discounts, discount offering may stimulates impulse consumption, yet it may not be the best choice to build the loyalties from the customers. In fact it really doesn't need to mark down the price in order to gain their fondness. You need to understand them and put your heart there.

I always love the surprises arranged by Dior, the brand never offers any discount no matter how loyalty you are or how much you buy. Instead, they invite customers to nice and memorable events, sending surprise gifts from time to time - chocolates, moon cakes, fashion accessories, and even new products (not samples) and special services...they knew what their customers want.

And I also like the detail or minor (yet important) area they never forget, the handwritten card enclosed with the gift enhances the whole experience. Never underestimated such a small memo or greeting, the customers value a lot on it especially they see their names being hand-written on the card (beautiful Calligraphy certainly plays an important role there).

In the end...who doesn't like a bit feeling of being pampered?


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I like calligraphy and handwritten messages, they mean much more beside the meaning of the words themselves. By conveying the message, it also speaks the emotion, feeling and the heart from the message and the writer which can never be replaced by printing or digital messages.

Do you miss the days when we received written or even hand-made greeting cards?


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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Enso Art - Name in Enso

 Enso with name


Drawing Enso is not boring at all, it is fun to play with different ideas...





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Monday, September 1, 2014

Enso 円相. Let it flow - no matter it's a circle or a life!


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I love Calligraphy, Chinese, Japanese and Western...



Calligraphy is not simply an art. Practicing it is actually a form of "moving meditation" (yes sitting still is not the only way to meditate) and it's an excellent one! 

Drawing Enso 円相 is the best example of brushing meditation - 円(En) means circle, while Enso 円相 is a word from Zen, means drawing a circle with one stroke.
Enso is the center of Japanese calligraphy, the circle being as a symbol of absolute enlightenment, represents oneness, wholeness, nothing, infinity, and the universe. And it is an expression of strength, elegant and aesthetic!!

(The circle looks pretty cool with its shape, stroke and the deep meaning there, some people even have Enso inked into the skin!)

Enso is a spiritual practice - drawing circle in a single brush stroke while in a state of no thinking, simply let the body and spirit create with a free mind, be present at the moment and achieving mindfulness. We can never draw two identical circles, every circle is a unique one. Once started the stroke, it cannot be changed, no regret, no comparison and no judgement as they are not necessary. Neither do we need to strive for any perfection of the stroke or shape, and never mind if the circle is closed or opened.  

The circle created reflects ourselves at that brief moment, through the process and the finished circle, we also know a lot more about ourselves. For example,  I haven't yet make an Enso that I am satisfied, sometimes I found myself difficult to clear my mind during the drawing, I can't help striving for a perfect circle with perfect stroke, as a result I think too much and even hesitate in the middle, the worst case is I do not finish the circle before starting another one.....so now I know this is a mirror of my real life....that's the exact pattern I work on everything - looking for perfect outcome and in the end create stresses on myself and even worse on others...
Now Look at the circle again,
Every circle in fact is the same - nothing inside and nothing outside. And what's inside is in fact the same as outside.

Our inner self is the same as the outer universe.

So now do we still need to struggle on the shape of the line?


Free the mind and let it flow, no matter it's a circle or a life!


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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Autumn



Autumn



Do you know Autumn has arrived?


Aug 23 marked the starting of the "End of Heat" in 24 Solar Terms, representing an unstable weather condition, maybe still ridiculously hot in daytime while started getting a bit cool at night. The wonderful feeling of Autumn normally does not appear until Autumnal equinox (Sept 23) - beautiful days, blue sky, fallen leaves, light breeze, never too cold or too hot, our mood is great and that's a great timing to travel around!

I thought of posting a picture of Autumn and I just found that I do not have one at the moment, I must take some nice pics this Autumn! Do you have any to share? 


Enjoy the season!


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處暑期間的天氣很不穩定,不單是颱風季節,更是大地和人體的陰陽盛衰之轉換時期,每天的温差也很明顯,所以大家要小心保養身體啊!



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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Spread Love not hate

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What is happening to our world?

Conflicts, wars, terrorism, disasters, diseases...


Frustration, anger, hatred...


Negative emotions accumulated, empowered and spreading everywhere..what's next? 


Emotions are just like viruses, they are highly contagious, we keep infecting and being infected by any form of emotion everyday, no matter they are positive or negative. In addition to the power of social media nowadays, the spreading rate is unbelievable! Nowadays it is not that difficult to influence the world in only a short period of time (see the ice bucket challenge recently).


Never underestimate the energy derived from a little anger or hate from an individual, a small conflict today can possibly become highly destructive to the world in the end. We all contribute not only to the happenings of the world, but also its health and emotion. So do ourselves and the world a favor, stop for a while whenever you are angry, don't spread the negative energy, stop whining and think twice before you want to complain... 


Although it seems that we may not able to solve some worldwide crisis easily, all we can do is to reduce the conflicts with others in our own lives and stop infecting others with negative thoughts and emotions. 


It's simple though not easy to do it, keep in mind that we are influencing the world everyday, we want peace and harmony, so starting from our own today,




Spread Love, not hate!



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