When I lived in New York, I enjoyed getting up early to go practice Qigong in the city parks. At dawn in parks all over New York, something magical (and often amusing) happens.
In the old days, disciples were lucky to learn a handful of Qigong and/or Tai Chi exercises. The question of what to practice never really arose. You simply practiced everything you knew!
In the world of martial arts, there are countless legends about past masters and their feats of internal strength. These legends run from the believable (poking a hole through a wall with just a finger), to the eyebrow-raising (killing a horse with a gentle pat on the back), to the hard-to-swallow (striking someone from 30 feet using only Qi). There are endless debates about internal strength. Some people believe in it, some people don’t, and some are on the fence.
There’s a lot of research that suggests that asking questions is an essential part of learning. My experience says that this is true. I always take time for Q&As in my classes and workshops because I feel that it’s an essential part of bringing Qigong, Tai Chi, and Meditation into the 21st century.
“Sifu, how many Qigong exercises do you know?” she asked. Whenever students ask me a question, I do my best to answer it. But this time, I honestly couldn’t.
If you’ve been paying attention lately — if you’ve been practicing mindfulness — then you’ve noticed a sudden increase in media attention about something called mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness is the latest craze sweeping across America…
I hope that, at some point in your life, something on the news has made you feel angry. It’s okay to admit that you’ve felt angry. Contrary to popular belief, not all anger is bad. It’s only unbalanced anger that causes problems.
Once you stop making this mistake, you’ll immediately start seeing better results. Immediately. Not 3 months later, and not even 3 days later, but immediately.
Today is Valentine’s day. While I sometimes feel like this holiday is more about selling cards, flowers, and chocolate than it is about love, I still think it’s a good time to talk to you about qi and sexual energy.
Ten years ago, I did something stupid. Totally crazy. And risky. At least that’s what the voices in my head told me.
But there were other voices in there too. You know — the voices that encourage you to be brave, to go for what you want, to chase your dreams.
You know what I’m talking about. I know you do.
But more about you later. First, let’s talk about me.