- Paperback: 175 pages
- Publisher: North Atlantic Books; Original edition (July 7, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1556438087
- ISBN-13: 978-1556438080
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #729,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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TAO of Letting Go: Meditation for Modern Living Paperback – July 7, 2009
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"Frantzis’ style of teaching demystifies ancient Chinese Taoist arts that have rarely, if ever, been taught in the West."
—Elizabeth Whitney, Yoga Journal
"Frantzis has spent most of his life studying various martial arts, meditation, and traditional Eastern healing systems. His fluency in Chinese and Japanese has allowed him to pursue these arts to an unprecedented depth for a Westerner."
—Clarence Lu, contributing writer, Inside Kung Fu
"The dissolving process described in this book gives practitioners an immediate tool for altering patterns of being that contribute to their suffering. That is the gift of the Water method."
—Michael J. Salveson, advanced instructor, past president, Rolf Institute
"I've read a number of books on meditation, but The Tao of Letting Go brings an aspect of this ancient practice to light that was previously unfamiliar to me. Along with an introduction to the Taoist Water method, detailed descriptions of beneficial meditation postures and author-guided practice sessions round out this 'meditation for modern living.'"
—New Consciousness Review
“Collections strong in Taoism, meditation and spirituality will find a powerful pick in Bruce Frantzis' Tao of Letting Go: Meditation for Modern Living, which teaches techniques to help people overcome obstacles and learn to relax.”
—Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Bruce Frantzis is believed to be the first Westerner to hold authentic lineages in Taoist energy arts. He has a degree in acupuncture, and for over a decade was a chi gung healing specialist in Chinese medical clinics. Fluent in Chinese and the author of seven books, he lives in Marin County, CA.
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I have been a meditator for well over a decade and have played with many Buddhist, Christian, and other more secular methods of meditation. I have felt that something is missing in the more well known paths out there. Each technique seemed to fail after a while so I jumped around after giving one method my all. I found that the most direct route to transformation is a visceral experiencing. Not simply attending to the present and the breath as most methods teach. It's also not directing your mind and experience as methods of visualization, chant and so on do.
Bruce's methods seem to encompass everything in the Buddhist methods but take off where they leave off. As in going beyond attending to the present and breath and deeply moving to embodiment and experiencing. You literally work or feel through your psychodynamic past which manifests as blocks in your bodily and deeper systems and organically clear what's there so it can flow and change.
Bruce is a highly confident communicator and down to earth. Some have been taken aback by his up front and powerful personality but he is highly sincere and helpful.
I would recommend learning the Focusing Technique by Dr. Gendlin as a complement to this work which is a great way to work with and release the more gross psychological material, which helps lead to this dissolving work which goes much deeper.
Personally, I recommend the audio over the book. Or both. I just loved the CD's.