Taoism and Taoist meditation benefits, ﾠmake up this ancient Chinese philosophy, a system which emphasizes mindfulness, effortless action and the oneness of life. Taoism is part of the unique blend that makes up Zen and the Tao’s beginning are attributed to two historical figures, Chang Tzu, who wrote the Chang Tzu and the more popular and well known Lao Tzu, who wrote the Tao Te Ching.
The Tao is mindfulness without the techniques, the most basic of meditation, which is why, I suppose, that it can be the most challenging to comprehend.
But let me let Sat Hon, Author and founder of the New York Dan Tao Center, fill you in on This meditation…
“On Finding a Teacher
On one fine summer day, as I strolled aimlessly along a riverbank,
Beset with a thousand disquietudes,
I chanced upon an old woman fishing under the shady cool of creeping willows.
I wanted to ask her my thousand questions regarding the sun, moon and the creation of the universe and my purpose in life and oh so many more,
She placed her fingers on her lips: Fish are rising.
So I stood there and watched.
The freckled river shimmered with flashes of light like scales of an anaconda.
Clouds drift and tugged the blue horizon with their thick, silken strands;
Shadows of the willow grove deepened.
I felt my questions draining away.
Finally, as she slowly reeled in her line, I laughed as I saw that the line was without a hook.
How does one catch fish without a hook? I wondered.
As she turned to go, I know that tea is ready and I am invited.
Following behind her light, drifting footsteps, a gentle breeze combs through the willow branches,
I catch fragments of their whispering: A big one she caught…”ﾠ
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“Taoist meditation is action without aim. It is an aimless, meandering meditation without technique or prefabricated notion — fishing without a hook. In Taoism, the very nature of this existence is considered a total meditation of the cosmos. Yet, my clinging mind needs something concrete, steps and the knowhow. Thus, began my foray into the wide horizon of meditation.
Taoist alchemical meditation
I consider this the most simple yet, the most difficult of meditations. There is no technique, no particular posture or formality. Just this very instance of one’s existence is the meditation. One takes each moment as perfect, whole and everything in its rightful place; thoughts, emotions and such are wonderful, magnificent manifestations and an expression of one’s true nature. It is likened to a man waking up after a long coma to find everything — every thought utterly sweet. In other words, as in the case of a patient of mine who suffered partial paralysis from a stroke, the sharp pain of a needle was felt with overwhelming joy and gratitude.
When I teach this pathless form of meditation to students: that there is nothing to teach and everything is perfect and in harmony just as they are in this very moment. I am usually met with the following:
“Ughh. But you have taught us nothing,” is a common response.
“Exactly,” I laugh. While, some walk out in a huff.
“Charlatan!” they shout.
A few stay, hoping that perhaps at a later time I will eventually reveal the secret techniques to them. They will also leave empty-handed and full of blame and anger. Only a rare individual or two will awaken to this instantaneous perfection of suchness.
“You lying thief!” they laugh. And perhaps, we will then share a cup of Dragon Well tea.
Mentak Chia’s macrocosmic/microcosmic meditation
The representative of this lineage of Taoist meditation is Master Mentak Chia who guides students in circulating their endogenous energy/Qi through the acupuncture meridians. Master Chia also utilizes the internal visualization of the inner smile in this meditation. Smiling to one’s angry liver or soothing the weeping lungs might seem farfetched, but such inward smiling does have wonderful healing affects on the organs and their functions. Furthermore, in the opening of the endogenous energy channels, the source and root causes of pathogens are vanquished and one’s health is restored. In summary, the Healing Tao meditation system emphasizes the harnessing of the mind’s power in the health process and guides one toward healing.”
Sat Hon offers a number of other meditations all of which impart wisdom and Taoist meditation benefits and this article also has a FAQ section, which is very interesting and worth the read.
So remember when practicing mindfulness meditation, keep it simple and effortless, and you will be following “the way.” Click here to visit the original source of this post