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Archive for April 21, 2012

Week 16 – Chinese Calligraphy

People say that practicing Chinese Calligraphy can bring benefits to both our physical and spiritual well being, such as increasing one’s discipline, concentration, persistence, and enhancing calmness and peacefulness. Although there is a list of benefits, but I do not think I would going to start practicing it soon, cause I am allergic to the ink.

This morning, I visited my boyfriend and saw him practicing Chinese Calligraphy. While I was watching him practicing, I silently think to myself, “He seems to like this kind of art so much. It has became his daily practice since a long time ago, I guess.” I asked him to write a word for me to be photographed and to be put on this post of this week. Then, he wrote me this:

“莊周夢蝶”

It means “The Butterfly Dream of Zhuangzi”.

Once upon a time, Zhuangzi (also known as Zhuang Zhou) , a philosopher back in 300 BC to 200 BC, dreamed that he was a butterfly, and in the dream he was conscious only of his life as a butterfly and unaware that he was himself as a human being. Soon after awake, he found himself to be Zhou again.

Zhou: “Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man.” 

Have a nice weekend everyone. 😀

Camera: Canon EOS 500D
Photo created on April 21, 2012.