29 Feb

Taoism is the root of my work and my life philosophy. It's the way of life where one strives for harmony and balance. This thinking and practice flow into everything I do (as best I can) - both personally and professionally. Through Shiatsu, I've immersed myself in this world, and it also defines my work in Holistic Life Coaching. Because my goal is always to achieve the greatest possible balance in life (Yin and Yang). Imbalances result in dissatisfaction, stagnation, and illness - especially the long-lasting ones.

What is Taoism?

Taoism is an ancient Eastern philosophy based on the teachings of the Tao (also spelled Dao). The Tao can be translated as the Way or the force of nature and forms the core of Taoism. This tradition has deep roots in Chinese and Japanese history and culture, influencing many aspects of their lives to this day. Here are some key concepts and practices of Taoism:

  1. The Tao: The Tao is the fundamental concept of Taoism. It is a transcendent force or principle that represents the natural order of the universe. It is infinite and ineffable, lying beyond duality and distinction.

  2. Wu Wei: Wu Wei means "non-action" or "non-interference." It refers to the idea of acting in harmony with the Tao by accepting the natural order of things and not trying to force or control them. Wu Wei emphasizes serenity, adaptability, and spontaneity. It is an important principle in Shiatsu.

  3. Yin and Yang: Yin and Yang are two fundamental principles used in Taoism to describe the dualistic nature of the universe. Yin represents the feminine, dark, and passive, while Yang represents the masculine, light, and active (without judgment). However, these two principles are not opposing but complementary, existing in a dynamic balance. This is important because they can only function together.

  4. Ki (Qi, Chi): (I always use the spelling Ki because it is Japanese) Ki is the life energy or life force that, according to Taoist belief, flows through the body. The practice of Qigong aims to regulate and strengthen the flow of Qi in the body to promote health and well-being.

  5. Feng Shui: Feng Shui is a practice rooted in Taoism that deals with the design of spaces to promote harmonious energy flow and attract luck and prosperity. In my practice of Body Feng Shui, it is about the inner spaces in the body and mind, which can also be very cluttered.
    Taoist Meditation: Taoist meditation techniques aim to calm the mind, promote mindfulness, and establish a deeper connection to the Tao and nature. These practices include breathing exercises, visualizations, and inner alchemy.

Over the centuries, Taoism has given rise to various currents and schools and is widespread outside of China and Japan as well. It has had a strong influence on East Asian culture, art, medicine, philosophy, and religion and is valued by many people as a path to inner peace, harmony, and spiritual growth. This is also true for me.

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