The best of both worlds

The Saturday Quote: “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” Marcus Tullius Cicero I went into the big city of Exeter yesterday to pay my accountant. Afterwards I hit the bookshops =) One of my favourite pastimes after practicing ZEN+ On this visit I bought: Freedom from Emotional Eating by Paul Mckenna – Simply because I find comfort eating to be a very common problem amongst my clients and I like Paul’s approach to solving problems. It’s just like my own: very systematic and structured with lots of helpful tools. Key Stage 3 Science Guide – I like to help Ollie with his school work and I know this is the text book they use to set his homework. I want to complement the learning Ollie’s doing in school and help to give him an advantage. Cigars of the Pharaoh – It’s the third of the Adventures of Tintin series by Herge. Ollie’s taken a liking to these books, I’m more of an Asterix man but the only thing more enjoyable than buying books for myself is buying books for Ollie =) So there I was in a coffee shop drinking my overpriced, under tasty coffee reviewing my purchases when I saw the quote I started this email with. I agree. There isn’t a room in my house that doesn’t have a pile or 10 of books in it. I love books now which is funny because I hated them when I was kid. I hated reading full stop. It wasn’t until I got busted for jumping off the school roof (long story) and ended...

They’re Here…

No, that’s not a reference to the 1982 classic film: ‘Poltergeist’ I mean the 100 copies of Smiling From The Heart and Shaolin Chi Kung. 6 big brown boxes of Qigong goodness. Enough to skyrocket the happiness, health and longevity of the UK! Okay, guess I better calm down and take some deep breaths. I was just about to take Louis for his morning walk when the distinctive brown UPS van pulled up outside my house. Much earlier than I’d anticipated. Filled with a mix of excitement and dread, I asked Clarabella to give me moral support whilst I opened up a couple of boxes and nervously checked a copy of each book. If you read yesterdays Qigong Daily, you’ll understand why. So what’s the verdict? The man from Dawlish… He say ‘Yes!’ I’m delighted to report they’re all good. Everything’s printed like it should and they look great! Shout out to the talented graphic wizard Neil Hopkins for the brilliant cover designs. The next step is for me to sign and package them up so they’re ready to be shipped out first thing tomorrow morning. However I’ve got a very impatient black labrador wanting his walk first. Then I’ve 143 books to sign and pack. Think that’ll keep me busy for a while =) So before I sign off for today I’d just like to say a huge ‘thank you’ if you pre-ordered a copy of Smiling From The Heart, Shaolin Chi Kung or both. And I will be smiling from my heart as I sign your book/s, carefully insert the appropriate welcome letter and squeeze it all...

Don’t Live In A Grey Twilight…

“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt That’s a mighty meaty quote right there Grasshopper. And I don’t know about you, but it’s just what I need to hear today. How come? Well, unless you’re a very new member of the Qigong Daily, it can’t of escaped your notice that tomorrow I’ve got 200 books turning up. Most of which are already pre-sold. And I gotta tell ya, I’m nervous. Nervous? Yup, you read right. Let me explain. I’ve always used an outfit called Biddles to print my books. They’ve done a masterful job of printing each of the 4 Qigong books I’ve written so far. But you know what? For each book, they contacted me and asked questions like: “Are you sure you want the layout like this?” “Are you sure you want the cover image so close to the edge?” “Did you realise there are no pictures from part 3 onwards?” “Are you meant to have a blank page on p54?” And so on. Look, I’m a brilliant Qigong teacher (modest too!) – but that’s about it. I’m not a graphic designer, layout king or editing genius. And luckily for me, when mistakes have cropped up… …Biddles always spotted them and taken care of them. But they don’t exist any more. They went out of business earlier this year. I know, I was saddened too. So the two 2nd...

Revealed: The best way to learn…

“What we learn to do, We learn by doing.” Aristotle. Smart geezer that Aristotle bloke. And I completely agree with him, the best way for you to learn anything is by actually doing it. Sure you’re gonna make mistakes along the way. But you learn from them too and add them to your experience. When it came to Qigong: I learned Qigong by practising Qigong. I learned to teach Qigong by teaching Qigong. I learned to write about Qigong by writing about Qigong. Yup, you’ll want to watch other people doing what you want to do. You’ll want to speak with people who can do what you want to do. And you’ll want to read what those who can do what you want to do have to say. All of the above will be of great benefit. But… Learning without doing is like having an expensive car sat in your garage you never use. Pointless. Now take it from one who knows: Theory on it’s own can help you feel like you’re a master of something. But it’s not until you put your theory into practice, by doing that you start on the road to true mastery. Here’s an example. After reading books, watching videos and talking with people I’ve started to make my own knives. And you know what? They’re crap. They’re truly rubbish. Now I’ve noticed when I do anything new, I suck at it. But if I keep ‘doing’ and learning from my mistakes. This weird thing happens. Can you guess what it is? That’s right Grasshopper I get a bit better. I tell ya, it’s...

Man Sells His Testicle To Buy What?

I thought my mate was joking. He told me a dude has sold one of his testicles for £22,000 ($35,000) so he can buy a Nissan 370Z (or Fair Lady as I think some countries call it). So I checked it out and yup, it’s true. I tell you Grasshopper you can’t make this stuff up. I can also tell it’s something called ‘Black Friday’ today in the USA. Because for the last week, my email inbox has been stuffed to nearly virtually exploding with the world and his wife offering me unbelievable, mind melting discounts on stuff I don’t want. I’ve no idea what Black Friday is, other than it seems to come after Thanks Giving. It sounds kinda nasty. Like what might happen the day after too much celebration. So, turning to my trusty source: The BBC I discover: Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year as millions of people descend on the shops to try and save on their Christmas shopping. Wow! I’ve been doing all my Christmas shopping online for the last few years now. I can’t think of anything worse than spending the day doing battle with other shoppers whilst not being able to find the size, colour, make of what I’m after. I’m out of breath just thinking about it. One of the best lessons I learned from narrowly avoiding bankruptcy 3 years ago is that very little is worth going into debt for. Certainly nothing you can buy from a shop. It’s one of the things I love so much about Qigong and more recently Callisthenics too. You see,...

My Least Favourite
15 Minutes Of The Day

I don’t understand the science behind it. I just know that: Cold outside + broken boiler inside + old crappy double glazing = Massively wet windows in the morning To get an idea of how wet consider this question: How much water do you think I collected yesterday morning wiping down all the windows in my house? If it helps I use one of those super absorbent cloths and wring it out frequently into a bucket. What do you think? 10ml? 50ml? 100ml? More? Take a guess and then click this link for the correct answer: http://qigong15.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/condensation.jpg So how’d you do? I know, I was pretty shocked too the first time I emptied the contents of my bucket out. And it’s got to be the least enjoyable 15 minutes of my day. Unlike my Qigong practice which has got to be my favourite. Anyway, moving on… My diary tells me today is ‘Thanks Giving’ in the US. Now I’m an English guy and to be honest I’ve no idea what ‘Thanks Giving’ is all about. Maybe Edie, the PQUSA organiser, will write and let me know. But I’m thinking the answer is in the question so to speak. Giving thanks. And I guess that extends to everything. Well today when all my American readers celebrate Thanks Giving, I’d like to give thanks to you for being a reader of the Qigong Daily. And of course I want to give thanks to Qigong. For giving me my favourite 15 minutes, not once but twice a day. Thanks to PERFECT Qigong I have a simple way to: Feel physically relaxed. Emotionally...