Practicing the Tao Te Ching: 81 Steps on the Way

Practicing the Tao Te Ching: 81 Steps on the Way


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Most people think of the Tao Te Ching as a book on philosophy or a treatise on leadership. Yet there is a little-known treasure hidden within the familiar passages of Lao Tzu’s work: step-by-step practical guidance for the spiritual journey. With Practicing the Tao Te Ching, renowned teacher Solala Towler reveals a new facet to this spiritual classic, offering accessible instructions paired with each of the 81 verses of the Tao Te Ching.

"Tao is a way of deep reflection and learning from nature, considered the highest teacher," writes Towler. "It teaches us to follow the energy flows within the heavens, the earth, and our own bodies." With lucid instruction and deep insight, he guides you through meditations, movement and breathing practices, subtle energy exercises, and inner reflections—all to help you to embody Taoist wisdom in every aspect of your life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622036035
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/01/2016
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 567,883
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Solala Towler

Solala Towler has taught and practiced Taoist meditation and qigong for more than 25 years. He is author of Tales from the Tao, Tao Paths to Love, and more. Solala is the editor of The Empty Vessel, a widely respected journal of Taoist philosophy and practice. He teaches qigong and sound healing at conferences and workshops around the country. For more, visit

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Introduction 1

Step 1 Practice Developing Your Inner Vision 9

Step 2 Practice Warming Up Your Energy System 15

Step 3 Practice Filling the Jade Pond 20

Step 4 Practice Empty Vessel Meditation 24

Step 5 Practice Bellows Breathing 27

Step 6 Practice Primal Mother Meditation 31

Step 7 Practice Belly Breathing 34

Step 8 Practice Water Meditation 38

Step 9 Practice Taoist Lifestyle Advice 41

Step 10 Practice Guarding the One Meditation 45

Step 11 Practice Alchemical Dantian Breathing 50

Step 12 Rractiee Organ Balancing Meditation 53

Step 13 Practice Expansion Meditation 57

Step 14 Practice Embracing the One 60

Step 15 Practice Stillness and Movement 64

Step 16 Practice Sitting and Forgetting 67

Step 17 Practice Letting Go 71

Step 18 Practice Experiencing the Unlimited Self 74

Step 19 Practice Head Knowledge Versus Belly Knowledge 77

Step 20 Practice Great Mother Meditation 81

Step 21 Practice Inner Knowing 85

Step 22 Practice Standing like a Tree 87

Step 23 Practice Six Healing Sounds 91

Step 24 Practice Inner Releasing 95

Step 25 Practice The Path of the Sage 97

Step 26 Practice Rooting and Grounding Practic 101

Step 27 Practice The Path of Refinement 104

Step 28 Practice Learning Your Balance Point 108

Step 29 Practice Useful Versus Mindless Activity 112

Step 30 Practice Journaling Your Journey 115

Step 31 Practice Not Wielding Weapons 118

Step 32 Practice Life Review Practice 122

Step 33 Practice Knowing Yourself Through Gongfu 125

Step 34 Practice The Wordless Journey 128

Step 35 Practice Becoming Who You Really Are 130

Step 36 Practice The Soft Overcoming the Hard 133

Step 37 Practice Change, Transformation, and the Art of Imperfection 136

Step 38 Practice The I Ching 139

Step 39 Practice Full Moon Meditation 143

Step 40 Practice Returning to Source 146

Step 41 Practice Sense of Humor Is Essential 149

Step 42 Practice Nonviolence Toward Yourself 153

Step 43 Practice Road Rules 156

Step 44 Practice Strengthening Your Spleen's Earth Energy 159

Step 45 Practice Tranquil Sitting 162

Step 46 Practice The True Heart 166

Step 47 Practice The Inner Journey 169

Step 48 Practice Letting Go 172

Step 49 Practice Becoming the Watcher 175

Step 50 Practice Heavenly Dew 179

Step 51 Practice Living from Your Childlike Heart 183

Step 52 Practice Turning the Light Around 186

Step 53 Practice Pain as Medicine 190

Step 54 Practice The Palace of Inner Observation 194

Step 55 Practice Guarding the Jing 198

Step 56 Practice Stillness in the Midst of Activity 203

Step 57 Practice One Thing at a Time 206

Step 58 Practice The Hall of Light 210

Step 59 Practice Tree Chi Gong 213

Step 60 Practice Hungry Ghosts 217

Step 61 Practice Balancing Yin and Yang 220

Step 62 Practice Clarity and Quiescence Practice 224

Step 63 Practice The Wu Wei Way of Effortless Effort 228

Step 64 Practice Looking Up Practice 231

Step 65 Practice The Journey to Wholeness 236

Step 66 Practice Gathering Chi from the Earth and the Sun 240

Step 67 Practice Slow Breathing 244

Step 68 Practice The Warrior's Breath 249

Step 69 Practice Gathering Chi from the Four Directions 253

Step 70 Practice In the Garden 258

Step 71 Practice Applying Your Knowledge 261

Step 72 Practice Working with the Spirits 263

Step 73 Practice Swallowing the Sun and Moon 267

Step 74 Practice Taking Up the Tools of the Master 270

Step 75 Practice Walking Meditation 274

Step 76 Practice Staying Young Chi Gong 277

Step 77 Practice The Way of Tea 282

Step 78 Practice Spontaneous Chi Gong 287

Step 79 Practice Giving Up the Need to Be Right 291

Step 80 Practice Taoist Advice for Modern Times 294

Step 81 Practice Small Heavenly Orbit 298

Afterword 304

Acknowledgments 305

About the Author 306

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