Taoist meditation, Zuo Wang (literally 'sit-forget'), is a state of deep trance, during which no trace of ego-identity is felt and only the underlying cosmic current of the Tao is perceived as real.
Zuo Wang originated during the late Warring States period (475-221 BCE). Buddhism adopted Zuo Wang practices, notably Chinese Chan, Japanese Zen, and Tibetan Dzogchen. Typically this meditation - ie using the breath to anchor the attention - has been employed and adapted as a tool to cope with the stresses of the battlefield. Whilst most of us do not have to live with the constant threat of physical extinction, meditative techniques can help us to 'live in the present'. Within our modern, busy and stressful existance we often fail to see what our bodies are telling us, we go over again and again past events, reliving our mistakes, and fail to realise the good things that have happened. Learning mind, body and breathing practices trains us to do away with the distractions of life, removes self-judgement and self-criticism, and allows us to cultivate clarity and insight. This can have an enormous impact on the quality of our lives.
Taoist meditation classes are available at the School's North London studio as 1:1 or small group practice.
Reverse breathing meditation and alchemical methods are also available to advanced martial artists. Contact the School for more details.