The best way to begin exploring Taoism is to explore your own body and energy. By having a relationship with our organs, we know what makes them happy, sad, function well, and what stifles the many unconscious processes they do on our behalf every minute. Further, according to the Taoist view of the body, each organ is associated with an element, a color, virtues, and aspects of nature (not to mention planets, times of day, phases of the moon, stars and constellations, tastes, smells, gem stones, etc. etc.) Strengthening these aspects inside of us strengthens our connection to these aspects of the natural world outside of us.
How can Taoism affect daily life?
Often, our energy is not in our bodies. It is as if we are floating somewhere outside the body, not present, and not actively participating in our own lives. After learning Taoist practices, we can become more embodied, and thus more in touch with the wants and needs of our bodies. Once we are conscious participants in life, we make better choices. It’s much harder to make decisions that hurt ourselves and others when we are making decisions consciously.