Let’s imagine that you’ve been practicing Tai Chi or Qigong consistently for about 2 years. Where do you stand in the curriculum? If there were belts, what belt would you be?
You’ve probably heard it before: If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. This truism also applies to arts like Tai Chi, Qigong, Kung Fu, and Meditation. If you aren’t measuring your progress, then you aren’t managing your arts (or yourself!).
I used to get sick 4 times a year, like clockwork. I would stay sick for a week or so, and I would usually miss a few days of work as a result. It was miserable.
Today, I am happier and healthier than I ever imagined possible, and I’m free from the grips of depression. I healed myself not with drugs, therapy, or surgery, but rather with a gentle form of moving meditation that gets the internal energy flowing.
People are usually surprised when they hear that I started out as a bad student. “But Sifu, you’re so disciplined!” That’s true now, but I wasn’t always that way. Discipline is something that I had to build.