Taoism And The Art of Being
with Nilima Raichoudhury
Taoism is one of the oldest forms of spirituality and has a beautiful simplicity that can sometimes confound the mind.
One of its seminal books – The I’Ching – stands for the ‘easy way’ and speaks about how coming into alignment with the forces of life (called the ‘Tao’) is what brings true harmony.
It can be a super esoteric and abstract mode of spirituality as so do demystify it all I went back to my first ever spiritual teacher – Nilima Raichoudhury – a 30 year Taoist, to help explain things.
If you’re interested in Taoism, how to find more flow in your life and how to cultivate life wisdom, this episode is for you.
Nilima grew up in the beautiful South Wales Valleys. It was in Abergavenny Young Peoples Theatre she discovered her love of theatre as a powerful educational storytelling medium. It led her to London to study Community Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama.
In a dramatic career change after a life threatening illness, she became a Taoist practitioner and in a period of deep meditation, retreat and study over a number of years, she became adept in Taoist healing arts, achieving a full and complete recovery in her health.
In this period of dedicated retreat and ‘temple life’ she met and studied with many Taoist masters. Her root teachers in the different disciplines were Mantak Chia who taught her the secret of Inner Alchemy (Nei Gong), Prof Wang Tin Jun, a rare realised Daoshi (enlightened adept) who was to have a huge and lasting influence in her life. He taught her the secrets of Qi Gong and Shi Jing, a meditation master and lineage holder of the sitting meditation tradition. Nilima also became a scholar of some of the ancient Taoist texts.
Nilima runs her Taoist school the Lotus Tree in West London where she lives and works as a practitioner, healing and training a whole new generation of patients, students, and practitioners.
This episode is all about Taoism, what it is, what it teaches and how we can all benefit from its wisdom.
To many people, a confusing aspect of Taoism is its very definition. Many religions will happily teach philosophy and dogma which in reflection defines a person. Taoism flips this around. It starts by teaching a truth; “The Tao” is indefinable.
It then follows up by teaching that each person can discover the Tao on their terms. A teaching like this can be very hard to grasp when most people desire very concrete definitions in their own life.
Taoism teaches a person to flow with life. Over the years Taoism has become many things to many people. Hundreds of variations in Taoist practice exist. Some of these practices are philosophical, and others are religious.
Taoism makes no distinction in applying labels to its nature because to do so would limit a person. We are each a blend of many truths. The truth taught in Taoism is to embrace life in actions that support you as a person.
Ultimately, Taoism is acceptance of your life. Taoism is following your breath to find peace. Taoism is opening up a smile to enable possibility.
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