One with Environment Meditation (Walking )

To diffuse anxiety, stress or anger at the office, walk around the block or on the rooftop. Walking between two trees in the forest or a sheltered clump of trees in the park would be better.

Remember to keep the body STRAIGHT and your legs BALANCED. (This is from “Mind Balanced, Walk (or Conduct) Straight” of Huineng the Sixth Patriarch, the true founder of Chinese Zen even though Bodhidharma the Indian was the First Patriarch.

Connect to heaven above your head and to earth below your feet. Remember Chuang Tzu’s “Heaven and Earth co-exist (or arose) with me.” In Chinese “Heaven“or “Universe” and “Manmerging in “One” is the superb condition.The Universe includes “Heaven” and “Earth”. The triarch of Heaven, Earth and Man is crucial in Taoist teachings of Lao Tzu as well.

When the triarch of spirit(heaven),body (man) and mind (earth or the field) balanced and unified in a circle with energy flowing freely in ONE, there is peace. “All Things (or existence) and I are One.” Chuang Tzu.

Body Straight Legs Balanced

The following daily regimen was very effective for depression as well.

1.Walk very fast (conscious and deliberate) for fifteen minutes.

2.Walk very slow (suppressing urge to move fast) for fifteen minutes, fully aware and mindful.

3.Walk at normal speed. (natural and spontaneous) for fifteen minutes.

The slow part is like walking meditation in Theravadan tradition.Raise one foot, move forward and then put it down touching the ground very slowly while saying in mind “raise the foot, move forward, put it down”. As if in slow motion movie.Repeat with the other foot. The path is not more than ten steps and then you turn around. Do it for half an hour to an hour.

Of the four types of meditation: walking is the easiest;sitting is hardest on the legs and feet; standing may cause dizziness or falling backwards in some and lying down is prone to falling asleep.

 

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Fast Mind and Sit Forget

As in Buddhism, the mind is crucial in daily practice with life challenges. Unlike Buddhist meditation with specific instructions in sitting, Chuang Tzu’s writings describe “sit and forget” as not clinging to physical form and removing wits in the mind. Connect with free flowing energy of oneness in the world. This is the void or empty mind waiting for things to come. Stop listening to the ear or mind to find what is in accord with our preconceived opinions or ideas but listen with energy.

Forget form, emotions, self and others, then integrity develops and Tao is attained. We are consumed by emotions when we think of “I, me, mine” or our ego, the body, any material form or comparing others with ourselves.

According to Chuang Tzu, supreme integrity is no self, name and merit or self interests for gain. The same words are found in Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching. When people forget each other and focus on abiding in Tao, there would not be any conflicts.

Along with “sit and forget” or “mind fast” unique to Chuang Tzu, in his writings he also coins other terms referring to the state of mind, namely: “clear as morning”, “independent insights” and “peace amidst chaos” or stillness in motion. When our mind is open and void with nothing, it has clarity and can see things on its own without being influenced by anything else. Then the mind becomes independent, unwavering and free. This is what Buddhists strive to achieve with long hours of sitting meditation.