Vitality Later in Life
The fundamental Taoist practices are designed to develop a healthy body. Depending on one’s lifestyle, this may take months of training in the beginning. Through practices called the Microcosmic Orbit meditation, Inner Smile, Six Healing Sounds, and Iron Shirt Chi Kung, one learns how to conserve, store, and build the body’s energy. These practices involve gathering and refining vital energy so it will not dissipate as readily through the course of everyday life.
If people don’t conserve and build their energy, their body weakens as they age. Of course, this is a natural part of life, but the speed at which it happens can be influenced by longevity practices. If one’s health deteriorates rapidly, it often results in illness and suffering. The common practice is to rely on drugs to combat illness, which increase the speed at which the body’s energy is drained. Basic Taoist practices can help retain health and vital energy later in life.
Learn 81 Taoist practices in The Alchemist’s Tao Te Ching: Transforming Your Lead Into Gold