The Full Power Of Taoist Meditation And How To Do It

Modern science has found that the simple act of meditation regularly has a profound impact on your mind and body. Even if you’re not keen to walk the spiritual path, meditating can help bring mental balance and allow your mind to focus on things that are important to you. Meditation is not just sitting cross-legged with your eyes closed.

There are several forms of meditation, each meant for a specific purpose. Because meditation is an experiential activity, the best way to find out if a particular meditation technique works for you is by doing it. Taoism is among the many ancient traditions which taught meditation and offers many different types of meditation techniques for you to choose from.

Taoist Meditation

Taoism, also known as Daoism, is a Chinese philosophy and religion, dating back to Lao Tzu. It emphasizes living in harmony with nature, or Tao, the principle that is the source, pattern, and substance of everything that exists. The chief characteristic of this type of meditation

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is the generation, transformation, and circulation of inner energy called qi. The purpose is to quieten the body and mind, unify body and spirit, find inner peace, and harmonize with the Tao.

Types Of Taoist Meditation

Emptiness Meditation

As the name suggests, the goal of this meditation is to simply sit quietly and empty yourself of all mental images and forget about everything so that you can experience your inner quiet and emptiness. In this state, your vital force is collected and replenished. When doing this meditation, you allow all thoughts and sensations to rise and fall by themselves, without engaging with any of them. This meditation takes time, patience, and practice.

Breath Meditation (Zhuanqi)

Breath meditation is all about uniting the mind with the life force, qi. The process involves focusing on your breath until it is supremely soft. You do this by simply quietly observing the movement of the breath. Initially,

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all you experience is the sensation of air going into and out of your lungs. But as you practice this meditation, you will begin to connect with the very life force that’s linked directly to your breath.

Visualization (Neiguan)

Visualizations in the Taoist tradition could include focusing on organs, inner deities, qi (vital force) movements, and thought processes. It’s a process of acquainting oneself with the wisdom of nature in your body. There is usually a process that needs to be followed for this meditation and it’s best done under the guidance of an experienced teacher. These meditations are done seated cross-legged on the floor, with spine erect. The eyes are kept half-closed and fixed on the point of the nose.

Qigong

Qigong is a Chinese word that means “life energy cultivation”, and is a body-mind exercise for health, meditation, and martial arts training. It typically involves slow body

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movement, inner focus, and regulated breathing. Apart from Taoism, Qigong is used in Buddhist and Confucianist traditions. Qigong can also be done as a meditation, sitting down, and without movement. Here’s how you can do start a simple qigong practice.

Sit in a comfortable position and make sure your body is balanced and centered.
Relax your whole body – muscles, nerves, and internal organs.
Regulate your breathing, making it deep, long, and soft.
Calm your mind.
Place all your attention in the “lower dantien”, which is the center of gravity of the body, two inches below the navel. This will help accumulate and root the qi (vital energy). Where your mind and intention is, there will be your qi. So, by focusing on the dantien, you are gathering energy in this natural reservoir.
Feel the qi circulating freely through your body.