“If I could smile from the heart, then I wouldn’t be so !@#$%& depressed!” I didn’t say it out loud, but I thought it really loud. I had traveled thousands of miles to learn from a world-renowned qigong master, and I was desperate to feel better.
If I hear one more person say that it’s “just the placebo effect,” I’m going to kick them right in the placebo. For example: “How does qigong work? Is it just the placebo effect?” It’s the word “just” that gets me angry.
[Note: This is part 3 in a series on chronic pain. Click here for part 1, or here for part 3.] “Maybe you just imagined that your pain was gone,” he said. He was messing with me, and I knew it. Craig, a 60-something man with a disheveled, grey pony tail had stopped at my booth. This was at a local health […]
In this edition: How long does it take to feel qi? What diet do you recommend for qi cultivation? Can I learn qigong basics on my own? Which bourbon is the best?….
I’ve experienced back pain so severe that it almost got me arrested. I was in my apartment in NYC, I was deeply frustrated by my pain and lack of mobility, and I let out a loud, primal scream. As crazy as things were in NYC in the 1990s, screaming was still frowned upon…
I was in my 20s, I had a serious girlfriend, and there was no way in hell that qigong was going to work for me if I had to follow that crazy sex rule.
There are some really strange rules for qigong and tai chi. My favorite is: tu tan wu du. It means, “don’t keep spitting.” True story.
In this edition: Why so many forms?…How long does it take to see results with depression and anxiety?…How can I practice tai chi in a small space?…How can I feel qi?…How do I have no thoughts?…How do you know what to train?…
I haven’t had a cigarette in 10 years. Not one puff. Today is a big milestone for me. I like to write, so this post is my way of celebrating. You can celebrate with me by reading along.
For years, I felt like a fraud. I’m often seen as someone oozing with willpower. After all, I’ve spent the last 25 years mastering several styles of kung fu, including various weaponry. But here’s the thing: I never felt like someone with willpower.