Daoist meditation is art of Preservation of the One (shou yi). It aims to understand the energetical processes in the organism through the perspective of the One – the perception of that reality which allows to transcend time.
Daoist meditation is a specific type of practice, primarily directed at preparation of the body, the energy and the consciousness for alchemical work. In order to achieve this, Daoist meditation relies on two fundamental conditions: preservation of naturalness (ziran) and preservation of the body as a vessel in which alchemical transformation should take place (bian hua).
In Daoist tradition all techniques for meditation are based on special knowledge and skills which lead to internal strengthening of the spirit and transformation of the energy by means of concentration of thought (zhong yi li), transformation of the body (bian ti) and energetical circulation (qi da lian).
The Daoist school of the Golden Elixir divides Daoist meditation in three levels:
Characterized by the ability to realize the body as a unified whole.
Characterized by the ability to perform alchemical work. Aims to change the quality of the qi, jing and shen energies.
Directed at reunification with the Great One (shou yi)