Arts Everyday Living: The Art of Meditation—Healing Movements

During our Creative Art Journey workshop, Monet and the Art of Meditation on Monday (see: October 21 blog), multi-arts specialist, W. Elisabeth Larson, led the group in a creative movement activity in the form of Shibashi, deepening groups members’ enjoyment and appreciation of the Impressionist’s incomparable water lilies. The paintings of other artists such as Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947), whose art was transformed by the spiritual traditions of Asia, also can be paired with Shibashi which Larson describes below.


Tai-Chi, a martial art form, when practiced relaxes our inner spirit and produces body flexibility.  When practiced with deep breathing and meditative techniques as well as the use of ‘qi’ our inner energy flow as in Qigong, the martial art form becomes a healing exercise.  Shibashi (ShiBaShi) referring to 18 movemnts in Chinese and with roots in Tai-Chi and Qigong, has become one of the most popular martial art exercises in the world.

The 18 healing movements in Shibashi are defined by the Chi-Chinese College in Australia as “meditative movements that mirror those of Creation and the Universe.”

Here are visual examples of some of the 18 Shibashi healing movements:


Expanding Chest on Top of the Mountain—Healing…opening heart…Universal Embrace,


Parting the Clouds—Opening your inner self…coming out of the tunnel,




Rowing the Boat at the Middle of the Lake—Totally empty…filled with breath of new life,




Himalayas with Setting Moon

Turn to Gaze at the Moon—Lifting Spirit…search for light in darkness.


1. Nicholas Roerich, Drops of Life, 1924, tempera on canvas, Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York

2. Nicholas Roerich, At Midnight, Light of the Shambhala, 1940, tempera, Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

3. Nicholas Roerich, Lake of Gennesaret, c. 1936, oil on canvas, Private Collection

4. Nicholas Roerich, Himalayas with Setting Moon, 1940, tempera on board, Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow, Russia

The above images are used solely for educational purposes.

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