Practice Taoist Meditation

Practice Taoist Meditation
Taoist meditation is a unique form of meditation that although similar to Buddhism has a far stronger emphasis to energy flow, healing, breathing techniques and visualisations. Taoist practices also have a deep stillness aspect, sometimes to connect with the power of the universe and gain deeper insights into the Tao and enlightenment. This tutorial aims to help you start and develop in Taoist meditation.
Before You Begin Ideally, have some understanding of Taoism.
Reading texts such as the Tao te Ching, the legends of the 8 immortals, the I Ching and other Taoist texts can give you some familiarity with the focus of Taoism. Taoism, like Buddhism, is not an affair of the intellect, but is based in the heart, with wisdom and gentleness. Join a Taoist Temple.
These are very rare outside of places such as China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia etc, but they are increasingly common in countries such as Australia, the US and Europe, or anywhere there is a large Chinese population. They tend not to be well advertised and are more frequently Neo-Confucian temples or shrines, worshipping the 3 jewels of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism, so contacting a Chinese cultural centre in your home state can be a good step forward. Compliment your meditation with other practices.
Examples of these are Tai Chi, Qi Gong, chanting, spiritual Qi healing / reiki and Taoist rituals and offerings. Rituals are a very important part of Taoism, generally as a means to train the body but also to train the heart and mind. They serve on occasion to invite heavenly protectors, create good tidings and to block harmful spirits. The supernatural, mythological and legendary play a large part of Taoist religion.Develop your virtue.
Unless you are enlightened, virtue is an essential component as the mind will never settle in a wild and untrained heart. In Taoism, there are the 5 beauties of character - Kindness, Proper Conduct, Propriety, Wisdom a Taoist meditation is a unique form of meditation that although similar to Buddhism has a far stronger emphasis to energy flow, healing, breathing techniques and visualisations. Taoist practices also have a deep stillness aspect, sometimes to connect with the power of the universe and gain deeper insights into the Tao and enlightenment. This tutorial aims to help you start and develop in Taoist meditation.
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