Meditation is not sitting still, Meditation is sitting in stillness – cultivation of stillness.
Modern life is very much oriented towards the outside and the surface, there is no(thing) inside. But life and therefore health, wellbeing, peace,… are only found inside. It is all about inner space.
There is no life outside of a tree, the life is inside. The outside is just an expression of life pulsating inside. When life dies inside, the outside dies too. When the inside is in harmony and peace, the outside is.
Therefore, it should be obvious and clear: taking care of the inside is crucial. In the west we are conditioned to care for the outside: going to school, planning a career, collecting material wealth. We renew and clean our house, wash our clothes and body, comb our hair, brush our teeth on a regular basis. In the same way, we have to care for our inside – which is far more important!
Focus on your breath and achieve softness.
In diverse cultures and times, there have been practices of meditation and stillness. We talk about deep inner processes of regulation and transformation of the being and of consciousness, barely recognizable from the outside. Neither logically, nor intellectually, those processes are comprehensible, but are misunderstood, ritualized, incompletely or incorrectly transmitted, or they are lost. Practical instructions, methodology and didactic proceeding are lacking.
The Daoist meditation practice, taught within Path of Dao, links to Qi Gong and its knowledge about qualities and dynamics of qi, and therefore offers concrete instruments and skills to practitioners. The clear and simple instructions and exercises of Qi Gong in stillness allow us from the beginning an understanding of the inner processes and empower us to work with our conscious being. The quality of stillness and innerness of the Qi Gong exercises offer the perfect base and create all prerequisites for a deep and powerful meditation.
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In modern times, traditional weapons are no longer known and in use. Weapons and their usage are often and mostly associated with violence and fighting. In Daoist teaching and practice the approach is a totally different one. Here, weapons and their usage play a superior and leading role.
INNER MARTIAL ARTS
When it comes to (inner) martial arts, most people think of fighting and rough violence, physical confrontation – they see how sheer physical strength overcomes the weak violently, possibly with some tricks or magical superhuman powers. That is not at all what it is about. That’s not how we perceive things…
Tai means the highest, the ultimate, the complete. Ji stands for a state of…, for principle, order or just for being. Put together we could say: a state of complete being. A principle of highest, ultimate order. Quan originally stands for fist and refers to martial arts in general, which are named Quanfa in Chinese. So, we are talking about the usage and skills of our hands. We talk about acting and action.
“When it (the Qi) goes down it becomes quiet. When it becomes quiet it will concentrate. When it becomes concentrated it will begin to sprout. After it has sprouted it will grow. As it grows, it will rise up (to the upper regions). When it has risen up it will reach the crown of the head. Above, it will press against the crown of the head. Below, it will press downwards. Whoever follows this will live, whoever acts contrary to it will die.”
First document of “Dao Yin” - carved in two Jade stones about 600 b.C.