Calm your mind with cal­lig­ra­phy

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colour­ing books, the lat­est way to ease your wor­ries and lift your spir­its is the an­cient art of cal­lig­ra­phy.

Calm Cal­lig­ra­phy (£9.99, Blue­bird) is a new book by mas­ter Ital­ian cal­lig­ra­pher Màlleus and aims to teach you how the art of the Scrip­to­rium – copy­ing let­ters, words and phrases – can help you to fo­cus your thoughts, re­lax your mind and get your cre­ative juices flow­ing.

‘The rigour and con­stancy re­quired for learn­ing to write are the same as those that en­able you to si­lence your mind and ap­proach your own spir­i­tual side,’ says Màlleus. ‘For me, writ­ing is a way to lis­ten to my soul, just like med­i­tat­ing.’

In the book, Màlleus runs through how to find bliss while you write, in­clud­ing ad­vice on how to cre­ate a sa­cred space, con­nect emo­tion­ally to what you are do­ing and lose your­self in the flow of your writ­ing.

Fi­nally, you will learn how to pen the al­pha­bet in a beau­ti­ful, cur­sive hand be­fore mov­ing onto af­fir­ma­tions such as ‘si­lence is a gift’ and ‘al­low your­self to change’.

‘The first steps will be un­cer­tain, the first let­ters dis­torted, but even if only for a few sec­onds your thoughts will fall silent,’ adds Màlleus.

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