One does not have to be or identify as a Taoist to benefit from following the Tao, or The Way. In other words, you don’t have to become a Taoist. I believe that following Tao discipline will better help you follow your chosen religion and avoiding sin. Just be your true self and follow your true path. Learning the way of reality and the path to enlightenment is a spiritual path, thus it is called “the way.” Tao cultivation is, not a religion but a spiritual practice as well as a spiritual discipline. Cultivating the Tao is directly about spiritual awakening and longevity so that you will experience an easier and more successful long life. Following the way is to stop self-destructive habits and live in harmony with the Tao, as you experience life.
In ancient times, Chinese people worshipped various deities and ancestors, so it began as religion. Even today there are still some who do treat Taoism as a religion worshiping ancient ancestors and deities while following Taoist canon. I perceive modern Taoism as a spiritual-philosophical discipline and path to enlightenment. It shares a significant amount of Chinese Buddhism that merged with Taoism after it came over from India 5th century BCE. Through meditation and self-study, you can find your true nature. This is your true self. Living life this way is the true path. Tao cultivation is practicing and refining your ability to be self-aware and follow the way so that you live life successfully. The opposite of this is to be constantly distracted by ego tendencies and desires that have us wandering off onto side paths that lead to poor health.
Awakening from the distracted state of a pure ego mind is the first step. Imagine being able to be consciously aware of most of what you do, and why you do it. With Spiritual Discipline, you dispel the ego and stay true to your true self. The harmony that results from this can be transformative in the best ways.
Implementing and living life from this enlightened state of being is the intent and purpose of cultivating the Tao. Henceforth in this book, the term for those who seek to walk the higher path will be known as “Tao Cultivators.” The Tao Cultivator knows that destiny is not predetermined the future looks bright while avoiding self-destructive choices and mistakes. You will know when you have found a connection to the Tao when luck begins to turn your way. If you continue the discipline, you can trend higher over time. There will be difficulties, but your inner strength keeps you steady and on the path. Anyone who cultivates this ability regardless of religion is a Tao Cultivator. Cultivating the Tao is cultivating Longevity by transcending the ego mind and finding the true path.
It is good to think of the term Destiny which may be defined as that which will happen what you will experience in the future. This program’s slogan is “your destiny is not predetermined”. This is to say that much of your future has not been decided yet and you have the opportunity right now to shape it into the future or destiny that you would rather experience. Of course, death awaits us all which none of us can avoid, but the when and how of your return to the Tao is something you can determine if you cultivate longevity.
You may still be deciding whether you want to opt-in or not for what the Tao of Longevity offers. The first thing you should realize and accept is that you are already on this path whether you want to be or not and whether you even realize it. When you are not consciously aware of how your choices and actions are creating your future, the neglect will contribute to atrophy with Longevity being cut short.
Atrophy is anti-life. A general definition of atrophy is the wasting away of the body and mind due to various causes. Specifically in this book, the intent is to bring awareness of how our lifestyle either contributes to well-being and longevity or decline and atrophy. In this sense atrophy is anti-life which is a force of nature. All of us are fighting for our life from the moment we are conceived. There are many causes of death that happen naturally, so the first step is to stop contributing to existing and future atrophy by what you are doing in the present moment. Thus, in every moment you are making choices that lead to longevity or early suffering and death. There is always a moment of choice if you are present and able to take hold of it. In every moment of every day, you are creating your destiny.
Hopefully, you are here reading these words because you are seeking a means of creating a better destiny for yourself. The information on this site is here for that very reason, to help you create a destiny that is not just longer, but with success, contentment, fulfillment, and well-being. I have developed a protocol that has served me well in changing my uncertain destiny to be able to not only survive longer but to realize a sense of joy and contentment that eluded me before cultivating the Tao. You can read my bio to see the situations (heart disease and cancer) that I was able to get control over and am remaining viable and healthy. So, I am sharing it with you on these pages with step-by-step practices to cultivate your longevity path. The keyword here is “cultivate” which means to develop a skill”. Your job is to become highly skilled at being successful in life. Here are the steps in cultivation.
Tao (The Way) cultivation has some key principles:
- Meditation – attaining oneness with the Tao by transcending the ego self and awakening as the true self (spirit).
- Mindfulness – paying attention to the mind with detached observation
- Sovereignty – the principle of the spiritual discipline of Willpower and Self-control (ego management)
- Accumulating Tao Virtues – by implementing Tao lessons into the choices and actions in every minute of every day that results in lasting well-being.
- Lifestyle Changes – living your life following the Tao, and in harmony with nature.
Those who set out to follow The Way, are called Tao cultivators. While cultivation does not have to follow a linear path, it should begin with learning or improving these principles above principles. The best time and place to begin is right here and right now. Through the karmic result of cause and effect, extraordinary results will begin to happen.
Summary: You, We, and everyone is on the longevity path whether realized it or not. Up to now, you may have been blindly stumbling through life, making yourself sick and using up life force (Qi) faster than you can replenish it. Or you have begun the change but are ready for the next step. Perhaps you have been given a death sentence by the medical community and want to fight for your life. Whatever your story is, this path can maybe buy you some more time. How much time you can recover is dependent on your circumstances and how deep atrophy has become entrenched. If your time is running out, perhaps the Tao can help you find contentment to accept and deal with what you have left. Time is running out for all of us, and no one knows when the end will catch up. That said, it is never too late to wake up and become your true self and be the spirit you are.
 Bio Here: https://lifestylesforlongevity.blog/about-the-dixie-taoist/