根據我自己隨機挑選的易卦第十七卦 -「隨」卦 ，「隨和眾人，順其自然」，我從卦義提供的智慧來調節自己的心情面對和處理各種項目遇到的問題，因為我曾經在工作中過於緊張和謹慎令我不適，這正是我需要心靈平衡的哲理指引，啟發我學會了接受事與物帶來各種的「變」易。我開始向貢獻者推銷項目主旨和意念，重複說解一百次有多，幸運地邀請到70名參加者給予畫作貢獻而得以完成《易圖思靜觀著色畫冊》。我可能是一個主導促進者，但我卻認為自己只是一個快樂協調員，因為《易經》哲理主體正念觀給我很大啟發，學會用平常心接受拒絕也是一種有益的心理學習。它不斷提醒我們，當一個人遇到任何困難，懷著有正確的價值觀理念和付出努力，相對的效果會比預期過程是會帶來愉快和有益的經驗。
我很幸運能夠與些項目的眾多貢獻者（合共70人）帶著共同意念共同完成這本著色畫冊。首先，我要感謝來自香港浸會大學的項目顧問導師伍詠瑜女士Elaine W. Ng，她也是我們的貢獻發行商，即使她最初對《易經》不太了解，也給了我很多鼓勵和支持。
最後的一個障礙是找一個《易經》哲理學術專家作最佳的通識哲理卦義，經一番努力才找到謝世杰博士給予寶貴學術知識，將《易經》哲理簡易化和現代人生哲學諮詢互相結合，讓閱讀者明白它的本義受惠廣傳和相對普及應用，我和他深信大多數人並沒有甚麼精神疾病，而是在各種生活遇到的「變」易中失去平衡，只需尋找解決方案來面對人生障礙。最後是盧傑雄博士，他是中文大學哲學系教授，是謝博士親切地推薦他的恩師，易學專家的專家給我，撰寫「易經是甚麼?」，一個不容易在一頁中概括 (三千年中國文化/群經之首) 的任務。
Project Design and Facilitator’s Letter
Since I entered the Master degree program at the Academy of Visual Arts at the Hong Kong Baptist University last year, from research to development of the “I Ching Mindfulness Coloring Book" project, another year passed by quickly. I have been working in the design field for nearly 30 years, daily work and life in the past have always been busy and tense. It is my good fortune being able to return to school. It is a sabbatical for my own mindfulness practice which gives me time to think about future work. Seeing many friends with different pressures from work and family life, children encounter difficulties in learning and exams at school, the theme of the art project is to share the benefits of mindfulness practice.
Choosing art as a major is a long time wish to study what contemporary art is, philosophy and psychology are also of my interests. My major focus in visual art, lots learned from readings in my research. I didn’t know that requirements for modern art projects are so high and serious that made artworks meaningful and sustainable. From the 2018 study tour of the Taiwan Biennale, I saw many art projects shown in all different interesting ways and engage viewers on their topics inspired me to convey my message in similar way. In short, this is the blueprint of the coloring book concept that I came up with. In addition to hoping to raise awareness of mental health for friends and family, it is meant to be a simple “mind yoga” bonding exercise for individuals and groups. It is meant to reboot our minds like we do for our mobile phones or computers. We need to restart it regularly, mind rest and relax, like physical yoga exercises help us to relax our body. Re-introduction of I Ching philosophy in modern language for our daily life application is also one main purpose of this project.
According to my own random selection of the hexagram 17 FOLLOW「随」, the philosophical explanation helped me to maintain a balanced mindset for the project. It inspired me to learn to accept things with various “unexpected changes”. I began to pitch the project‘s main objectives to the contributors, repeating the explanations more than a hundred times. Fortunately, I had completed invitation of 70 participants to contribute to their drawings and writings for the “易圖思 mInd CHangING” coloring book. I may be a facilitator, though I am merely a happy co-ordinator, because the philosophy behind hexagram 17 FOLLOW has inspired me lots, learning to accept rejections with grace is a wisdom not to be missed. I Ching’s philosophy constantly reminds me that relative effect will bring pleasant and beneficial experience when we carry correct values, attitudes and efforts.
I am fortunate to be able to work with many of the project’s contributors (70 people in total) to complete this coloring book. First of all, I would like to thank Ms. Elaine W. Ng, the project’s advisor from Hong Kong Baptist University, she is also our contributing publisher. Even though she did not know much about I Ching initially, she gave me lots of encouragement and support.
As the Chairman of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, Mr. Bernard Chan is the first contributor of this project. He is very supportive of Dr. William Fan’s promotion of Autism Awareness in Hong Kong for more than 8 years and many of the NGOs he has worked with. Dr. Fan also promotes the concept of “social inclusion" in society, and a long advocate of visual arts as a treatment for mentally handicapped and ill patients. I am grateful for his many valuable suggestions and support in the pitching process.
Dr. Fan helped co-ordinate invitations to non-profit organizations (NGOs) related to physical and mental health and rehabilitation. Therefore some of our contributors include mentally-rehabilitated, social workers/teachers, relatives and friends, social workers of those patients. Social inclusion is one of the objective of our collaboration.
Professor Cecilia Chan is a world leader in health and social work. She is editor and author of over 30 books, author of over 300 articles and book chapters in health and mental health in social work, eastern integrative empowerment intervention and outcome research, health, mental health and integrative social work besides her innovative Body-Mind-Spirit (I-BMS) interventions. Spending over 20 years in the field of social work and health in Hong Kong, teaching new generation of social work and social administration in the University of Hong Kong. I am deeply impressed and grateful to her valuable advice and support throughout. She also introduced Professor Rainbow Ho, Director of the Behavioral Health Center, to write “What is Mindfulness?" for the book which is most appropriate; a theme highly advocated by Professor Ho.
Dr. Gabriel Leung is the most talented clinician I have ever met, he is also a pioneer in public health agencies. He is in government service as well as academic research and teaching. Excellent achievements are obvious to many, I am unable to list them all out in one or two lines. His drawing gives meaningful inspirations, necessity of flexibility and patience in attitude towards work and life.
The last obstacle is to find an academic expert in I Ching (the Book of Changes) philosophical translation to modern language. After some efforts, I found Dr. Alfred Tse to give his valuable academic knowledge, simplifying the philosophy of I Ching applicable to daily life. Consulting and mutual integration, let readers understand its original meaning and benefits from application. Both of us are convinced that most people do not have any mental illness, most are simply out of balance in the “changes” encountered in life. Many only need to find some philosophical wisdoms to face many life’s obstacles. Finally, Dr. Tse kindly recommended Dr. Alex Lo, he is a professor at the philosophy department of the Chinese University, an I Ching expert to help us write “What is I Ching?”, a task that is not easy to summarize in one page (lastly and most grateful to three thousand years wisdom Chinese / the first of the hundred classics).
I would like to thank the 63 contributors for drawings in their own interpretation of the meaning of the random picked hexagrams, they also wrote reflections on corresponding drawing. Various creative expressions make contents of the coloring book not only aesthetically pleasing with function, it is also culturally rich. Many of the contributors are accomplished professionals in the field of art and design, social work, health and teaching fields. Some are well-known philanthropists, they contribute to society in a way beyond monetary; commendable and moving. I am so lucky to be able to complete the task of compiling for them, because a former publisher once told me how difficult it is to gather so many contributors in one book. They dedicate without asking any return, everyone is “Equal” and hence transcends the true concept of “social inclusiveness”; 8 to 76 years old, well-known artists, social workers/teachers or mentally handicapped. I hope that you like this “易圖思 mInd CHangING” mindfulness coloring book, which is full of love and goodwill all our contributors!
I would like to wish all who supports the “易圖思 mInd CHangING” mindfulness coloring book project, blessed with happiness and good health always!
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