Tao of Letting Go: Meditation for Modern Living

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North Atlantic Books, 2009 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 175 pages
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What is known from the Tao 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.” In the 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 force—the gentle way of the Water method—to 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 the Tao Te Ching over 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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Contents

dEdICATION
11
INTrOdUCTION
17
The Water Tradition of Taoist Meditation
25
Breathing and Body Awareness
33
Body Alignments for Sitting Meditation
41
Blockages recognizing the Four Conditions
57
The dissolving Method
75
deepening Your dissolving Practice
87
dissolving Fog and depression
115
Ten Thousand Agendas and the Greatest
121
Anxiety The disease of the Modern Age
125
Anger and Frustration as Agendas
131
Fear as an Agenda
137
Pain as an Agenda
145
Love and Compassion
155
Practice Sessions
165

The descending Current of Chi
97
How to Train the Monkey Mind
103
dissolving Emotions and Shock
109

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About the author (2009)

Bruce Frantzis is believed to be the first Westerner to hold authentic lineages in Taoist energy arts. He has a degree in acupuncture, and for over a decade was a chi gung healing specialist in Chinese medical clinics. Fluent in Chinese and the author of seven books, he lives in Marin County, CA.

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