Follow the guide to the spiritual methods used in Taoism, one of the major religions of China, and connect with yourself and with the world around you.
In Taoism, using the Chi that is drawn into the body through the breath is extremely important. Systems of Chinese medicine are built on the principle of Taoism, which include diet, herbal medicine, breathing and the practice of a form of both martial arts and meditation called Tai Chi, which brings about a healthy body and mind and connects you with your spiritual nature.
The gifts of nature
In Taoism, nature is closely observed and learned from. A key aspect of Taoism is a willingness to go with the flow and to avoid creating obstructions or obstacles in your life. In the Tai Te Ching it states that the “highest good” is like water. Water flows and does not resist. It finds its own path, and moves around obstacles, weaving new paths in riverbeds effortlessly. The teachings of Taoism remind you to look at the beauty, strength, and wisdom in the natural world.
In Taoism every moment can be one of meditation, whether you are sitting quietly or are engaged in activity. What is most vital is to be fully present in each moment. Whether you are cooking, cleaning, or walking, remember to be aware of the grace and beauty of every action. See yourself as expressing spiritual nature continually. An ancient and simple form of contemplative Taoist meditation is called “Breath and Naval”.
Focus on your breathing
Sit quietly on a cushion or comfortable chair and become aware of your breath entering and leaving your body. Breathe through your nose and place your tongue against the roof of your mouth. Draw your breath deeply and smoothly in a circular rhythm of in-breath and out-breath, and place your focus in two areas: the sensation of a gentle breeze around your nostrils as you breath, and the rising and falling of the abdomen, shifting your focus from one to the other. If thoughts disturb you (what Taoists call “the monkey mind”), allow them to pass without paying attention to them or giving them energy. The sequence becomes easier as you become accustomed to it; it can help to count your breaths, alternating your concentration between the nose and abdomen. To conclude your meditation three deep breaths, exhaling fully. Sit quietly for a minute or two after opening your eyes.