So what is Taoism Meditation? Taoism Meditation “Daoist” is the traditional meditative practice of Taoism. The main principle of Taoism or Daoism is about living in natural order with the universe, being in the flow. Taoism is a Chinese philosophy very much linked with the concept of Ying and Yang.
Taoism Meditation although similar to Buddhism has a more prominent focus on energy flow, breathing techniques, healing and visualisations.
The practice of Taoism involves the art of concentration, contemplation, mindfulness and visualization. Now the word ‘Tao’ 道 (or Dao) is said to translate into “way” “path” or “principle”. The character 教 is said to translate into ‘”teach” or “class”.
Teachings of Taoism have originated from various Chinese philosophers of the late 4th Century B.C. and include Lao Tzu and Zhuang Zhou.
Lao Tzu (Laozi) a deity of Taoism and Chinese folk religions is said by many to have written the Daodejing (Tao-Te-Ching)– a 5000 character synopsis of Taoist beliefs or poems. Some of Laozi’s inspirational quote’s –
“Who acts in stillness finds stillness in his life.” ― Lao Tzu
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.- Lao Tzu
Zhuang Zhou (Zhuangzi) was another legendary influential Chinese philosopher who lived during the Warring States period. Who was influenced by Confucius, Mozi and Lao Tzu. Some of Zhuangzi’s famous quotes: –
Flow with whatever is happening and let your mind be free. Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.- Zhuangzi
To a mind that is still, the entire universe surrenders. Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.- Zhuang Zhou
Taoist Meditation Practice
Taoist Meditation Practices start with what is known as the 3 adjustments or the 3 regulations. The 3 adjustments are:
1. Tia Xin – The mind must concentrate on something.
2. Tiao Shen – The Body must become deeply relaxed.
3. Tiao Xi – The breath must become slow, long, thin, soft and even.
These three adjustments depend on each other and are never to be rushed. So they take time to master. In Taoism as the mind directs your body to relax your breathing slows down. When your breathing slows down your body relaxes. When your body is relaxed your mind can focus much more easily. It is believed you can only master Taoist meditation when one has evolved through the fourth and fifth adjustments.
Qi Gong Meditation
Qi Gong has a strong link with Taoism, qi gong actually evolved with Taoism and Taoist beliefs. Qigong (pronounced chee-gong) is an ancient Chinese exercise and restorative healing technique that involves controlled breathing, meditation, and movement.. …Qi means vital energy, breath or spirit.
Zhan Zhuang Meditation is a standing meditation that has Taoism roots. It is very useful grounding meditation. Traditionally Zhan Zhuang were actually health practices used by Daoists but the Zhan Zhuan standing meditation is now commonly practiced in Qi Gong. See Here for instructions
My most popular meditation tool for over 18 years has been adapted from a seated Qi Gong Meditation. This simple and easy effective anxiety and stress-busting meditation technique that takes just over four minutes. Known as my 5 Minute Meditation is popular with busy professionals, stressed-out new mums, carers, PTSD sufferers and teenagers.