Sit still and disengage normal activities.
Draw energy from the earth,
Admit power from the heavens.
Fertilize the seed within;
Let it sprout into a flower of pure light.
And let brightness open the top of your head:
Divine light will come pouring in.
Your mind is empty,
Light seeps into your whole body.
Sitting cross-legged, with hands clasped,
As if trying to embrace the brilliant flood,
Your skin turns transparent.
How can a bag of skin hold divine magnitude?
Your last vestiges burn away in a torrent of infinity.


Only after indeterminate time do you return.
Flesh, blood, bone.
Were you gone? Or were you never here in the first place?
Where is the torrent?
It is not gone;
You’ve only closed to it once more.

This post on meditation was taken from the book “365 Tao” by Deng Ming-Dao.  I will highlight certain passages from time-to-time in Daily Lessons, but I highly recommend picking up a copy for yourself!



  • Bob Connor

    This is very nice but “cross legged” sounds more Zen like. Does this position work with Qi Gong, where you have emphasized the value of standing meditation? What range of positions have you found really help in Qi Gong meditation? .


    • Jeff

      Hi Bob,

      “Cross legged” posture is used by almost every system of meditation. Both seated and standing postures have their benefits in Qi Gong and I recommend doing both. It is often easier for beginners to relax more fully and experience a deeper state of meditation when seated as opposed to standing, but it should be incorporated into practice regardless of how much experience a person has gained. The range of positions helpful in Qi Gong meditations is far too broad a spectrum to cover in this short reply. In fact, once you know how to activate and build the “fire” or internal energy, you can take any single posture from any form and use it as a standing post meditation with great benefit. The key is learning how to put the fire into either moving or still forms. That is the one of the secrets I will be teaching once actual online classes begin. Thanks for the post.