Be still like a mountain and flow like a great river

Taoist Proverb

Be still like a mountain and flow like a great riverIf you're looking for a way to reduce stress, consider Tai Chi. It is sometimes described as "meditation in motion" because it promotes serenity through gentle movements, connecting the mind and body and setting the spirit free in dance like expression. Originally developed in ancient China for self-defence, Tai Chi and its sister practice of Chi Kung ( energy cultivation ) evolved into a graceful form of exercise that's now predominantly used in the West for stress reduction and to help a variety of other health conditions.

Some would say that Tai Chi and Chi Kung are ideal ways to bring the mind and body into harmony and greater stillness in preparation for our seated meditation practice. Others who have embraced the wholesome discipline of regularly surrendering into the practice of the Arts would go further and know what the ancient Taoist monks came to realise, that wholehearted one pointed attention can lead to the union of opposites, the Yin and the Yang, the Light and the Dark, the Form and the Formless, through Motion and Rest.

In my experience, the WCCM have always been open minded and forward thinking to encourage the practice of disciplines like Tai Chi, Chi Kung and Yoga as at the very least, taking care of the body helps us to be less focussed upon its aches and pains during the time of our seated meditations. Moreover, Meditatio is now developing a programme of workshops to explore how Bodywork can enhance our journey of Awakening which can only be a good thing at whatever level you wish to experience. 

All Mystical practices remind us that Ultimate Reality, God or the Tao, is Realized through the Union of supposed Opposites. There are many ways to come to such realisation. Certainly, embracing the Way of the Embodied Contemplative, can be one such way to this Truth.

Terry Doyle