Follow your Own Appetite

I attended a Daoist gathering a few weeks back and talked with some incredible people.  I wanted to share one of the great moments of the event.  A Daoist Priest named Liu Ming from Oakland was speaking on the roots of Daoism and methods of Daoist meditation (actually, Daoist meditation is simply sitting and forgetting, there’s no complex method or much to talk about!).  He made it a point to say if you’re serious about learning the secrets of Daoism (this applies to Qigong too), you should meditate an hour a day.  A lady spoke up and said “When am I going to find time to do this?  I’ve been told I need to exercise daily, practice Qigong and Tai Chi daily, work on my Kung Fu forms, and now you’re telling me I need to meditate daily?”.   His response was simple and effective.

“Follow your own appetite.  Don’t listen to anybody tell you what you should do.  Do what feels right to you, develop discipline and do what you want to do, not what someone else tells you to do.  If you think you don’t have time, borrow time from where you already have it.  Everyone is already disciplined in something or another. Think about how much time you spend doing other activities, like watching your favorite TV show, etc.  You are already disciplined, just in other areas.  If you want to meditate, then do it because you want to and it’s important to you, and find the time because you want to.”

So don’t practice because you think you should, or someone tells you that you should.  Practice because you want to, and then your practice will be sincere and real.

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