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Brush Meditation: A Japanese Way to Mind & Body Harmony

Brush Meditation: A Japanese Way to Mind & Body Harmony H. E. Davey
Stone Bridge Press
ISBN 1-880656-38-8
144 Pages
$14.95

"Your highest objective is to become one with the vibrant rhythm of nature and to let this pulsation flow out through the brush." -- H. E. Davey

Expanded attention, deeper relaxation, increased focus and resolve . . . Achieve lasting spiritual transformation through the classical art of Japanese calligraphy (shodo). Simple step-by-step exercises let beginners and non-artists alike work with brush and ink to reveal their mental and physical state through "moving meditations." Exploring the intricate relationships of mind, body, and brush, Brush Meditation also delves into the mysteries of human life energy, or ki, and the power of the hara, a natural abdominal center. Fully illustrated.

As a highly ranked, well-respected instructor of various arts, including classical martial arts, Japanese yoga, and shodo (calligraphy), H. E. Davey is able to discuss shodo in terms of wider spiritual and philosophical implications for the non-practitioner and, indeed, for anyone seeking insights and ideas from Asian culture and traditions. This is an unusual talent and a rare gift, and Davey speaks from an unusual perspective of awareness, position, and repute.
-- Wayne Muromoto, editior, The Classic Budoka
H. E. Davey combines a remarkable technical facility in the Japanese art of the brush with a deep understanding of its spiritual profundities. His book offers a marvelous practical introduction to Japanese calligraphy as well as insights into the essence of this art. It is a unique and fascinating presentation of a little-known art of self-cultivation.
-- Dave Lowry, author of Sword and Brush and Autumn Lightning

See the excerpt from Brush Meditation that was published in the Summer 1999 issue of Michi Online: Journal of Japanese Cultural Arts.  Brush Meditation: A Japanese Way to Mind and Body Harmony, is no longer in print, but the book in its entirety appears in the anthology The Japanese Way of the Artist.