Welcome back, I hope you had a great weekend and that Monday is being kind to you.
Clarabella and Ollie have had a week off and are ‘back to school’ today, so the atmosphere is a little heavy hearted here today.
I read an interesting article this weekend. The title hooked me in:
I mean, come on. Could you refuse to read something that began with the words: “Mystery Monk”?
Turns out the Mystery Monk is a guy called Manoj Bhargava. In his 20’s he was a member of the Hanslock Order and spent his time travelling between monasteries. Today he claims to be the richest Indian in America.
I was fascinated by his story and dug up an article on him in Forbes.
He’s the owner of “5-Hour Energy”, something you’ve probably heard of. Especially if you live in the US. Though I must confess I’d never heard of it until Saturday.
“5-Hour Energy” is a controversial energy drink available in small ‘shot’ sized containers available near the checkout.
I’ve written about the subject of caffeine based energy drinks in the past. During my research I found out this business was estimated to be worth $9 billion, back in 2011.
And it clearly demonstrates the massive demand for a quick and convenient way to raise energy and focus levels.
I get it.
You and I live in an INSTANT society.
- Instant gratification.
- Instant meals.
- Instant information.
- Instant on-demand TV.
- Instant money.
It’s everywhere you look.
Well there’s no denying how quickly chemicals can alter your state and in a ‘5-Hour Energy’ shot you’ll find:
- Caffeine – 157mg in the regular bottle. By comparison a Starbucks tall coffee has 260mg.
- Large doses of B Vitamins.
- Malic Acid.
- Unspecified natural and artificial flavours – like Coke it has a ‘secret formula’.
- Potassium sorbate.
- Sodium Benzoate.
*Source: Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
I did a quick check on my instant answer machine AKA the Internet and have to say most of the chemicals on this list aren’t as bad as they might sound. But personally, when it comes to ‘hacking’ my body to stay alert, energised and focused…
I prefer to keep it natural.
You know, stuff like exercise, good nutrition, plenty of quality rest and of course Qigong.
I also find the side effects of my approach to energy far more agreeable:
- Clear mindedness.
- Feelings of inner peace and tranquility.
- Increased resistance to the stresses and strains of 21st century living.
- The high self worth that comes from knowing you’re investing in your long term health and happiness.
I’m certain if you could bottle these side effects of Qigong you would quickly become a billionaire too.
But until then you’re going to have to get your Qigong Energy Shot the good ole fashioned way…
By practicing it for 15 minutes.
And I’d love to show you how. Visit:
And find out how you can get started today for 95 cents less than the cost of a single ‘5-Hour Energy’ drink.
Bye for now
P.S. Huge thank you to the 133 gorgeous and wonderful hero’s who voted for their favourite title for my new Perfect Qigong Project:
Healthier And Longer Life”
It’s coming soon folks…