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The last two decades have seen a wide-ranging application of Buddhist mindfulness practice in health and education fields within the West. In particular, the central practice of changing one’s relationship to mental contents has initiated a paradigm=shift within psychotherapy. This application has emerged from one of many ancient Eastern mind-body traditions, and other potential treasures for psychotherapy and healthcare may await similar discovery and application.

Chinese Daoism may offer such a resource: Neidan, which overlaps closely with the Western positive psychological construct of Flow State Experience. This state of mind (deep-absorption in the rhythm of an activity, with accompanying diminution of self-experience and increased wellbeing) is distinct from mindfulness practice and is traditionally developed and optimised through both seated meditation and slow movement mind-body arts – Tai Ji and Qi Gong.

This presentation will cover these Daoist concepts and theological backgrounds, and will present the evidence-base of their application within complex health conditions, plus the presenters own clinical work using these ideas and practices for people with neurological conditions. The presentation will include both theoretical discussion plus a little experiential practice.