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April 2014 - Way of the Inner Smile

by Michael Winn | April 2014 | Program Host: Vicki Dello Joio

The Inner Smile is a simple, fun, effective, easy to practice Qi-based meditation method. It systematically connects the Ling (Taoist term for soul or “inner heart”) to the Xin (literally “heart-mind”), which governs the body’s 12 vital organ and bowel spirits. The Inner Smile evolved from a Tang Dynasty Taoist meditation called Sitting in Forgetfulness, to become a more heart-centered process of unconditional self-acceptance. I will offer a guided Inner Smile meditation to help us activate our inner heart and spread its blissful circulation evenly throughout our Energy Body.

When the Inner Smile is integrated into other types of Qigong or Tai Chi practice, it amplifies their power many fold. It also “softens up” the field of our Energy Body in preparation for powerful neidan gong (inner alchemy) methods of meditation that transform deeper aspects of our psyche and soul. The Inner Smile has infinite applications in daily life, some of which we will discuss.

Michael Winn was two-term NQA President, with 35 years qigong experience. He wrote 7 books with Mantak Chia on neigong, authored 9 Tao Inner Alchemy homestudy courses , 10 qigong DVDs, and dozens of articles and Daoist conference papers on qigong and internal alchemy. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Daoist Studies. He has taught over 130 week-long Taoist internal alchemy retreats, and led 15 China Dream Trips to do qigong in Sacred Taoist mountains. He founded and directs Healing Tao University, for 18 years the West’s largest Taoist summer retreat program near Asheville, North Carolina (June 21 – July 22, 2014) Contact: