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Taoist meditation: Mindfulness while NOT sitting

  • Feb 24, 2013 · 3:15 PM
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Many of us raised with or even tangentially exposed to Christian and Buddhist concepts of prayer and meditation would have you believe that contemplation only occurs with eyes closed, sitting or kneeling in place.  Yoga, Native American ritual, and some schools of Buddhism developed the idea of a moving meditation, but the movements are usually choreographed and improvisation is discouraged.

Taoism, of course, has some schools that copied Buddhism and have rituals with prostrations and/or silent, sitting meditation, but the philosophical school of Taoism eschews ritual and attempts to bring mindfulness to everyday actions, like grocery shopping, riding the subway, waiting at a crosswalk, paying bills, or just looking up at the moon.  Philosophical Taoists look at each of these ordinary events as an opportunity to meditate.  The first two I developed were a dishwashing meditation and a red-light meditation, and Thich Nhat Hahn taught a phone-answering meditation I have yet to master.

So in this 90 minutes, we will discuss how to make everyday actions into meditations.  Questions are welcomed, and you may wear whatever clothing you prefer.  If you are unable to attend at this time, please check out an encore of the event in 2 weeks, March 10.

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  • Jeff

    A + + = ........

    February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I did not attend and apologize for not communicating this before hand. Mary

    February 24, 2013

  • Mark S.

    If you want to explore further: http://taomanor.org

    February 24, 2013

  • Mark S.

    Some interesting questions and shares. I hope you enjoyed and learned.

    February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It's a biking kind of day. I'll be meditating while sitting IN MOTION. I think that still qualifies! Enjoy, whoever takes my spot.

    February 24, 2013

  • Ron H.

    No mention of a fee. Is this free?

    February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thought I'd be done with work in time to attend but, alas, no. See you next time I hope.

    February 24, 2013

  • MIB

    Unfortunately I won't be able to join you all. On the upside, this is good news for someone on the waiting list ;)

    February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I reported "Kiss Younger" for inappropriate content and blocked her from contacting me. It appears she has been removed as a member of our group.

    February 20, 2013

  • JB

    I hope the spam from "Kiss Younger" doesn't continue on this nice site!

    February 20, 2013

  • Jack C.

    sorry...schedule conflict

    February 19, 2013

  • Margaret D.

    Sorry I cnt attend this particular Sunday- please keep me posted !

    January 24, 2013

    • Mark S.

      Check out March 10, Margaret.

      January 25, 2013

  • Toby

    I'm excited about meeting a group of like minded people!

    January 25, 2013

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