The Environmental Resonance of Daoist Moving Meditations

The Environmental Resonance of Daoist Moving Meditations © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2006 Worldviews 10,3 380-403 Also available online – www.brill.nl 1 An earlier version of this paper was presented at the World Daoism Con- ference in Boston in 2003. 2 In this essay, the pinyin system of Romanization will be used, rather than its predecessor, the Wade-Giles system. Therefore, pinyin Romanization of certain terms popularized using the Wade-Giles system might appear unfamiliar, such as the use of “Daoism” rather than “Taoism”. 3 This “philosophical Daoism” has often been categorized as Daojia ( ), in THE ENVIRONMENTAL RESONANCE OF DAOIST MOVING MEDITATIONS 1 Denver Vale Nixon Abstract Rather than focus solely on traditional philosophical categories, as has often been the case in the discourse on Daoism and ecology, this paper explores the con- nections between a Daoist theory of practice, moving meditations of Daoist ori- gin, and environmental resonance. Major themes explored include internalized action tradeo ff s, preventative and integrated health awareness, alternative episte- mologies, and an extemporaneous ethic sensitive to ecological change. It is sug- gested that collectively, Daoist cultivational practices may contribute toward social behaviour that is at least neutral, if not benevolent, toward the non-human world. Autoethnographic journal entries vivify the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Worldviews Brill

The Environmental Resonance of Daoist Moving Meditations

Worldviews, Volume 10 (3): 380 – Jan 1, 2006

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© 2006 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2006 Worldviews 10,3 380-403 Also available online – www.brill.nl 1 An earlier version of this paper was presented at the World Daoism Con- ference in Boston in 2003. 2 In this essay, the pinyin system of Romanization will be used, rather than its predecessor, the Wade-Giles system. Therefore, pinyin Romanization of certain terms popularized using the Wade-Giles system might appear unfamiliar, such as the use of “Daoism” rather than “Taoism”. 3 This “philosophical Daoism” has often been categorized as Daojia ( ), in THE ENVIRONMENTAL RESONANCE OF DAOIST MOVING MEDITATIONS 1 Denver Vale Nixon Abstract Rather than focus solely on traditional philosophical categories, as has often been the case in the discourse on Daoism and ecology, this paper explores the con- nections between a Daoist theory of practice, moving meditations of Daoist ori- gin, and environmental resonance. Major themes explored include internalized action tradeo ff s, preventative and integrated health awareness, alternative episte- mologies, and an extemporaneous ethic sensitive to ecological change. It is sug- gested that collectively, Daoist cultivational practices may contribute toward social behaviour that is at least neutral, if not benevolent, toward the non-human world. Autoethnographic journal entries vivify the

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Published: Jan 1, 2006

Keywords: QIGONG; AUTOETHNOGRAPHY; ENVIRONMENT; DAOISM; HEALTH; TAIJI QUAN; TAOISM; ECOLOGY; MEDITATION

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