Taoist Meditation

To practice Taoism one must follow the Tao which is a force that flows through our life. The word Tao means the way. Lao Tzu (layZi or lao cha) was a philosopher of ancient China and is a central figure in Taoism. Along with Confucianism and Buddhism, Taoism is one of the three great religions of China. According to Chinese tradition, Laozi lived in the 6th century BC. When he was eighty years old he set out for the western border of China, toward what is now Tibet, disillusioned that men were unwilling to follow the path to natural goodness. As the traditions further say that at the border of Hank Pass, a guard asked Lao Tzu to record his teachings before he left. He then composed for the first and last time in 5,000 characters the Tao Te Ching, it means The Way and Its Power.

Gradually the popularity of Taoism has grown multi fold. Currently worldwide there are about 20 million followers of Taoism.
Tao basically means surrender – surrender to nature. We have nowhere to go, nowhere to reach, no goal, no ideal, nothing to be achieved – we should surrender all. In this very surrendering moment, all will happen to us. Tao is also called the watercourse way. The Tao philosophy is one of letting go. We are not supposed to swim, but to flow with the river, to allow the river to take you wherever it is going, because every river ultimately reaches the ocean. Not to worry or be tense as we will reach the ocean. Therefore, in reality no goal is needed because the journey is the goal.

Osho in Tao – its history and teachings says that it was courageous of Lao Tzu, 25 centuries ago, to tell people that there is no goal and we are not going anywhere. We are just going to be here, so make the time as beautiful, as loving, as joyous as possible. The Way is beautiful; the Way is full of flowers. And the Way becomes more and more beautiful as our consciousness becomes higher.
Taoist meditation refers to the traditional meditative practices associated with the Chinese philosophy and religion of Taoism, including concentration, mindfulness, contemplation, and visualization. Techniques of Taoist meditation are historically interrelated with Buddhist meditation. Taoist meditation techniques focus on breathing. A focus on correct breathing is a central part of Taoist meditation techniques. Meditation can be spiritual, but it is also physical. The aim of meditation, Taoist meditation included, is to calm the mind and body as much as possible.

Taoists emphasise emptiness and stillness, especially in meditation. Once the mind is emptied of inconsequential thoughts, the body relaxes and can work at its optimal strength. Stillness turns our attention inward and concentrates our attention on your breath to create a totally un-distracted state of mind.
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Added on November 2nd, 2018
Last updated: April 7th, 2019