Often times in my Classes I get asked from many students wanting to know what was the first "break through" practice I did? It is the Root to everything I follow; meditation. This usually sometimes confuses people since not many teach it in the popular Qigong circles.
Most authentic teachers with you're best interest at heart will promote the importance of meditation in the pursuit of whatever they consider to be the ultimate perfection or final goal, whether it is called enlightenment, emancipation, total realization, etc. In traditions of salvation, the emphasis is rather on faith, divine grace, prayer, redemption, etc., but the practice of meditation is not excluded.
In the Taoist Tradition, Buddhist Paths, Aramaic Christian tradition, Christian Cistercian Order & Jesuits the contemplative life is upheld as the model lifestyle, life path tradition although it is only promoted to a small minority of practitioners. This was made extremely clear to myself by very good teachers of Thailand, China, Japan & Taiwan. Its also taught within orders outside of Community Christian Church followers. You can find it in the Aramaic Christian Community, Jesuit Community, and Christian Cistercian Order as well. The practice of Meditation is so universal its almost in any tradition. It will take someone with wisdom to share their insights to aid one in this path, but its ok they are very all comparable to a certain degree.
What is Meditation?
Many Traditions Similar Practice
The Taoist tradition is not so well represented, yet, indirectly, because the Chan/Zen tradition has shined in the mainstream way more than the Taoist. Its not for a lack of credible teachers, many just would rather keep a low profile and fly under the mainstream radar. Often times its due to lack of bilingual teachers as well. The Buddhist do owe much of its systematization to Taoist Traditions of many traditional lineages.
Give yourself a Keeper Tradition
Whether it be Taoist, Buddhist or any of the available solid Centering Traditions, becoming "one" with the universe inside yourself and outside all around of you is a wonderful feeling attainable anywhere at anytime. Meditation through practice will give meaning of your life and your personal essence, in which you are presented with a fantastic chance to conquer your current circumstances. The deep self healing training offered by the various practices enable us to vanquish self-doubt and negativeness and see through life obstacles. The tradition of Meditation allows the taking of a mental silence. Through meditation we can go beyond the restricted framework that we call our self, and connect with the greater consciousness of the universe. Reaching a universal consciousness that transcends mere self-consciousness, we are brought into contact with an immense force through which miraculous healing can occur.
Good luck on your Path!