The Chinese term qi denotes flow of life through the cosmos, landscapes and bodies. Daoist metaphysics is not based on an understanding of things as solid substances. Confucian traditions emphasize the genealogical flow of life from one generation to the next. Daoist traditions emphasize the contextual flow of life between the body and the world understood as a complex, fluid process formed by the circulation of qi in a binary (yinyang) pattern of ebb and flow. Just as water flows in and through mountains, so also qi flows in and through human bodies, connecting the liquid vitality of the body to the liquid vitality of the landscapes it inhabits.
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