The practice of Guided Taoist Meditation emphasizes the ability to focus, mindfulness, contemplative self-inquiry and developing clarity, transcendence, and the expansion of inner and outer awareness, and sense of overall connectedness. It utilizes breathing techniques to promote free energy flow, healing mantras and sound resonance (Tibetan singing bowls), imagery, and visualization, all resulting in deep relaxation, tranquility, inner balance and harmony. It also provides tools for pain relief and insomnia, and promotes release of muscle tension, anxiety, and stress, including PTSD.
Tao meditation refers to The Dao (The Way) as the natural order of things. “Things are what they are”. From Wu Chi (stillness) to T’ai Chi (motion) back to Wu Chi is the natural cycle of life. The Yin Yang represents the constant motion of change and impermanency . Silence is the best teacher, always there to show The Way. Stop trying, simply DO. Take the path of the least possible resistance and actions will become effortless. Accept what is in front of you without wanting the situation to be other than it is. Contemplate the natural order of things and work with it rather than against it, for trying to change “what is“ only sets up resistance. Come to meditation with an open heart each time like a newborn child. This is the first step toward the light (enlightenment). This is The Way.
“It doesn’t matter whether one is brand new to meditation or has been meditating for a long time. What matters is the attitude with which we engage the process of meditation. The most important thing is that we come to meditation with an open attitude, an attitude that is truly innocent, by which I mean an attitude that’s not colored by past, by what we’ve heard about meditation through culture, through the media, or through our various spiritual and religious traditions. We need to approach the notion of meditation in a way that is fresh and innocent.”
from “True Meditation” by Adyashanti
True inquiry in meditation means complete deconstruction of all of our rigid mental patterns and habits, as well as the deconstruction of all of our limiting beliefs.
“Make no mistake about it – enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretense. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.”
from "The End of Your World” by Adyashanti
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