In the Daoist tradition, there is a system of self-cultivation that unifies you with the Dao through the cycles of nature through the daily practice of movement like Tai Chi or Kung Fu and meditation.
The Moon represents Yin qualities and the Sun Yang qualities.
We absorb Yin/yang directly from nature and that is why we practice outside day or night. The Moon represents compassion and kindness enveloping the earth as a blessing When you heal others you also heal your own heart When you are of service to others you are also of service to yourself As we change the way we relate to others we change our behavior in that we are cultivating the Dao which is the way of nature. When you physically connect to the healing forces in nature you receive the life force from nature. You connect with the natural forces and you heal yourself.
In the Daoist tradition we also cultivate virtues of compassion and kindness.
In the Dao De Jing also known as the Tao Te Ching, Dao means the way of nature and the De means virtue. Through behavior and social relationships, we can cultivate the ability to express and receive love and compassion. This is more important than the mystical philosophy of the texts. The Virtue aspect is cultivating compassion and kindness. The Mystical aspect is being one with nature and includes the breath and health
In Chapter 67 Lao Tze says: I have 3 treasures, guard them well
- Humility (not wanting to be first)
In other words:
‘only the compassionate can be brave
Only the frugal can be expansive (generous)
Only the humble can be a leader’
Which also means:
Through Love, one has no fear;
Through not doing too much, one has amplitude (of reserve power);
Through not presuming to be the first in the world, one can develop one's talent and let it mature.
In the words of Ken Cohen
The first is Love.
The second is, never too much.
The third is, never be the first in the world.
This article is inspired from a talk by Ken Cohen