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Mindful : April 2016
By Barbara Bash Coloring for relaxation is all the rage now. Handwriting can provide the same reward, and stimulate the brain in ways that typing simply does not. It can also be a meditative practice. ILLUSTRATIONSBYBARBARABASH Have you noticed that we are writing by hand less and less these days? Sometimes it’s just a signature with a blunt stylus at the gro- cery store, or your finger signing crudely on a credit card pay screen. Handwriting certainly looks like a dying form, as we type away merrily on our keyboards, responding to emails that fly off in all directions. Is this withering away of handwriting a problem? Or is it the inevitable unfolding of language forms evolving over the centuries, from oral to written to printed, and now electronic? Before we dash headlong for- ward, let’s slow down for a moment and consider the role that handwriting plays. I believe that handwriting still serves a deep purpose in our lives and that letting it fade away will be a loss to our spirit. Precisely because it is no longer essential for communication, handwriting can now be free to express its true nature as an embodied practice of creative expression, a synchronization of mind and body. Handwriting need not fold up and die. It can rise again as the original artistic act, unique to each of us, available to all, and really close at hand. Before writing, humans made marks. They were drawn in the sand, painted on cave walls, carved on rocks. The making of these marks grew out of a deep desire to connect with the power of the world. By drawing the tree, the bison, the moon, an understanding occurred, an energy touched. (Anyone who draws is familiar with this.) Our alphabet evolved out of these drawings—of an ox, a fish, a hand, a hook, a house, a cave. These forms were passed along, → April 2016 mindful 73 insight practices AD Register with promo code MindfulMagazine16 by April 22 to receive 20% off the standard rate! Visit www.mindfulbusinessconference.com to register or call 877-411 -4675 A collaboration between: Premier Sponsor: A roadmap for high performance, leadership & culture in the age of disruption May 9-10, 2016, The Convene Event Center, NYC We know that through mindfulness, organizations become more innovative, people work together more effectively and employee wellness improves significantly. What organization doesn’t want that? -Peter Weng, Vice President- Sales & Marketing, Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute