What Is a Taoist?

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Being Taoist means focusing on two things:

First, Taoists seek to find their personal Tao and live in accordance with it.

Your “personal tao” refers to each of us finding our way of being, and our path or purpose in life. Each of us is a unique expression of the whole–the Tao.

Living our personal tao is about stripping away our conditioning and living authentically from that true essence, which brings true fulfillment, joy, and peace.

When you live in harmony with your inner true nature- the Tao as it lives through you- this allows you to connect with the Tao around you and naturally live harmoniously with others and the world.

The other focus of a Taoist is to practice meditation, Tai Chi, Qigong, internal alchemy or any other nourishing life arts for the purpose of awakening the spirit.

The purpose of all these practices is to develop the Three Treasures of Jing (sexual essence, physical substance) Qi (vital energy, breath) and Shen (spirit, mind, consciousness) and to acquire a deep skill of mindfulness for attaining clarity and tranquility. With the development the Three Treasures and the attainment of a state of clarity and tranquility, you are then at the brink of entering the Tao.

The Taoist Way

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Nature has the solution to every problem,

Following the natural Way nourishes the nature within us,

And following our inner nature is living our personal tao.

Living our personal tao in harmony with nature strengthens our internal energies —our Qi (vital energy), Jing (bodily essences), and Shen (spirit).

Nourishing our body awakens our spirit, and awakening our spirit enlivens our body.

This upward spiral allows us to live fully and fruitfully in body and spirit, and appreciate life in all its moments along the way.

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