I’ll probably never mutter a mantra or see fluffy clouds, because I excruciatingly dislike both methods of relaxing. Haven’t even pretended to pick up a copy of the Tao-Te Ching. Yet. It’s on the list for once I’m done with my next Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) Certificate of Study exam, really.
And nonetheless, the book is working for me. Finish your double-take and I’ll explain. The book is a guide. It offers centuries-old relaxation and centering techniques which appeal to people with visual/kinesthetic learning preferences – learning by seeing, moving, physically feeling. My learning style is more verbal/auditory. I can think “What do I need?” and usually answer myself with just that prompt. For me, the reminder that I can ask the question, that we are all allowed to ask the question, was the lesson I needed to hear. I don’t need the Tao-Te Ching. Yet. It’s OK if I’m too left-brained for fluffy clouds – yet I often use music. PS – the articles I just linked to all refer to the most current research, that left-brain (linear)/right-brain (artistic/non-linear) distinctions aren’t accurate.
I still have the hesitation that this is a “Rich gentlemen have it, boys – Indigestion!” piece, a much easier reach with resources. I do hope I’m wrong.
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