Tao is at once the universal pageant of the constellations and the budding of each new leaf in the spring.
It is the constant round of life and death and all that falls between.
It resides in us as we reside in it.
It is the source as well as the end of our being.
It neither judges nor condemns but continually blesses, in all moments, an unending cycle of change and renewal.
It is a belief in life, a belief in the glorious procession of each unfolding moment.
It is a deeply spiritual but decidedly non-religious way of life.
It involves introspection, balance, emotional and spiritual independence and responsibility and a deep awareness and connection to the Earth and all other life forms.
It requires an understanding of how energy works in the body and how to treat illness in a safe, non-invasive way while teaching practical ways of maintaining health and avoiding disease and discomfort.
Taoist meditation techniques help the practitioner enter deeper or more expansive levels of wakefulness and inner strength.
But most of all it is a simple, natural, practical way of being in our bodies and our psyches and sharing that being with all other life forms we come into contact with.