TAO of Letting Go Meditation for Modern Living

ISBN-10: 1556438087

ISBN-13: 9781556438080

Edition: 2009

Authors: Bruce Frantzis

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What is known from theTao Te Ching, I Ching,and other Taoist texts is almost entirely literary. When Bruce Frantzis studied these texts with his main teacher, Grandmaster Liu Hung Chieh, he was taught their practical application: "This is what they say; this is what they mean; this is how to do them." InThe Tao of Letting Go,Frantzis offers a bridge to this pragmatic approach for living a spiritual life. Spirituality is not just an aspiration for which people strive, he says, but a genuine, accomplishable reality. Frantzis shows how to expend maximum effort and yet not use forcethe gentle way of the Water methodto enrich personal health and energy systems. The Water tradition continues the work of releasing inner conflicts, a process that begins with the Dissolving Method, passed down by Lao Tse in theTao Te Chingover 2,500 years ago. The author shows how to completely let go of the blockages that bind and prevent the seeker from reaching full spiritual potential. Short, direct chapters and exercises cover such topics as breathing and awareness; Taoist meditation; fog and depression; modern anxiety; love and compassion; and more.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 7/7/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 175
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Dedication
Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction
Why Meditate?
Integrating the Experiences of Your Life
What Is Meditation?
Lao Tse's Tradition
Balancing Expectations
An Education about Your Inner World
The Water Tradition of Taoist Meditation
Inner versus Outer Wealth
The Water Tradition
Balance, Then Compassion
The 70 Percent Rule
Old View for the New World
Accepting the Here and Now
The Dissolving Method
Breathing and Body Awareness
The Stress Response
Longevity Breathing
Personal Practice Session 1
Author-guided Practice Session 1
Becoming Present
Physiology of the Breath
The Internal Organs of the Body
Personal Practice Session 2
Greatest Transformative Benefit with the Least Effort
Author-guided Practice Session 2
Body Alignments for Sitting Meditation
Physical Mechanics
Find Your Alignments
Know Thy Kwa
The Solution: Stretch and Keep the Kwa Open
Exercises to Stretch the Kwa
Author-guided Practice Session 3
Sit Well, Be Grounded
Blockages: Recognizing the Four Conditions
Strength
Personal Practice Session 3
Tension
Personal Practice Session 4
When Something Doesn't Feel Quite Right
Personal Practice Session 5
Contraction
Personal Practice Session 6
Author-guided Practice Session 4
Putting It All Together
Personal Practice Session 7
The Present Is Freedom
Make Time Anytime
The Dissolving Method: A Process of Letting Go
The Eight Energy Bodies
Nervous Tension
Letting Go into Happiness
Outer and Inner Dissolving
Letting Go Externally and Internally
Personal Practice Session 8
Author-guided Practice Session 5
Let Go, Chi Flows
Personal Practice Session 9
Deepening Your Dissolving Practice
The Value of Outer Dissolving
The Value of Inner Dissolving
What Should I Let Go Of?
Cutting the Root of an Agenda
Applying the Mind's Intent
Beyond Past, Present and Future
Personal Practice Session 10
Beyond Ordinary Conscious Thought
Personal Practice Session 11
Author-guided Practice Session 6
Freedom Is Space
The Descending Current of Chi: From Heaven to Earth
Targeting Specific Blockages
Your Intuition Is the Guide
Author-guided Practice Session 7
Penetrating the Core of a Blockage
How to Train the Monkey Mind
Calming the Monkey
Distraction after Clearing Blocks
Author-guided Practice Session 8
Dissolving a Psychic Itch
Dissolving Emotions and Shock
Feeling Emotions below the Surface
Personal Practice Session 12
Author-guided Practice Session 9
Letting Go Begins with Your Intention
The Courage to Practice
Dissolving Shock
Dissolving Fog and Depression
Deceptive Internal Dialogue
Face or Happiness-It's Your Choice
Depression Is a Black Hole
Author-guided Practice Session 10
Oh, You Think Life Is Fair?!
Ten Thousand Agendas and the Greatest Poverty in Existence
Formulating an Agenda
Author-guided Practice Session 11
The Beast of Greed
Loneliness
The Antidote to Greed
Anxiety: The Disease of the Modern Age
The Energy of Overwhelmingness
Author-guided Practice Session 12
The Mentality of an Overachiever
Find the Joy that's Already Here
Perfection in Imperfection
Finding Space with Clarity
Anger and Frustration as Agendas
Don't Wait for an Explosion
Author-guided Practice Session 13
When Everyone Is the Enemy
Personal Practice Session 13
Denial Is Anger's Partner
Fear as an Agenda
Confronting the Fear of Not Existing
Dissolving Fear as an Agenda
Author-guided Practice Session 14
Spacing Out and Internal Fog
Unexpressed Fear
Bodily Fear
The Three Aspects of Fear
The Root of All Fear
Pain as an Agenda
Physical Pain
Author-guided Practice Session 15
Becoming a Mature Human Being
The Pain of Thought
Author-guided Practice Session 16
Emotional Pain
Author-guided Practice Session 17
Loss of a Loved One
Author-guided Practice Session 18
Other Kinds of Loss
Dissolving Your Pain
Love and Compassion
Meditation Is a Circular Process
The Greatest Gift You Can Give Yourself
Opening to Your Soul
Author-guided Practice Session 19
Cultivate Compassion
The World May Go Crazy, but You Don't Have To
TAO Meditation for Health
Every Body Is Different
Chi Travels through the Nerves
Is the Dissolving Process Working for Me?
Energy Flow Follows Toxin Release
Cultivate Your Chi Slowly and Safely
Meditation for Stress Management
Practicing Meditation and Use of Prescription Drugs
Practicing Meditation and Use of Recreational Drugs
Medical Advice
Practice Sessions
Personal Practice Sessions
Author-guided Practice Sessions
Ancient Chinese Chanting
Coordinate Your Personal and Guided Practice Sessions
Taoism: A Living Tradition
The Frantzis Energy Arts System
Core Chi Gung Practices
Longevity Breathing Program
Dragon and Tiger Medical Chi Gung
Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body Chi Gung
Marriage of Heaven and Earth Chi Gung
Bend the Bow Spinal Chi Gung
Spiraling Energy Body Chi Gung
Gods Playing in the Clouds Chi Gung
Tai Chi and Ba Gua as Health Arts
Longevity Breathing Yoga
Healing Others with Chi Gung Tui Na
Training Opportunities
Instructor Certification
Train with a Certified Instructor
Contact Information
Bibliography
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