Well, this is different.

08:04 and I’ve only just started writing this Qigong Daily.

It’s usually all done and dusted by now.

As you know I’m a big believer in:

“Take care of your routine and your routine will take care of you.”

But sometimes you’ve got to be flexible.

Anyhoo I’d like to share a quick story with you.

I heard it the other day and it really stuck with me.

Here we go:


A man goes to see his doctor and the doctor asks him what the problem is?

“Doctor, I’m so down all the time. I feel very depressed and life has no real meaning anymore. I just can’t see the point in anything and I don’t know what to do.”

The doctor thought for a minute and said:

“I know just what will cheer you up. The circus is in town and The Great Karachi will be there. He’s the worlds funniest clown and he’s guaranteed to make you smile, laugh and lighten this burden you feel.”

“But doctor, you don’t understand” said the man. “I am The Great Karachi!”



From the Qigong perspective, depression is a spiritual illness. It’s when your spirit gets locked up and because of the interconnectivity of the body your weakened spirit (Shen) will also weaken your other two treasures:

  • Your physical body (Jing)
  • Your energy (Qi)

In Qigong, Spirit or Shen is linked to the Heart.

The practice of Qigong exercises known to benefit the Heart system can bring freedom from depression.

In my book Smiling From The Heart, on page 117 you’ll find recommendations for 18 tools you can use to release your Spirit from the grips of depression. These tools are split into 4 categories:

  1. Opening your Heart
  2. Calming your Mind
  3. Enhancing Energy Flow
  4. Non-Qigong tools

Using Video, Mp3’s and PDF’s where appropriate I’ll do all that I can to make using these 18 tools as easy for you as possible.

Smiling From The Heart (SFTH) is available for immediate download from this page:


Word of warning: I know from my own battle with depression that Qigong is a powerful tool for overcoming it. But I worked closely with my doctor and with his help I was able to reduce my medication until I no longer needed it.

So if you’re taking any kind of medication… keep taking it.

Be responsible and speak with your doctor or health care provider about your desire to practice Qigong to help with your depression.


Because of the ‘inward-looking’ nature of depression I don’t recommend the practice of Qigong on your own. Qigong is also ‘inward-looking’ so if possible try to practice with a group.

Okay, I’m outta time.

Have a great weekend and I’ll catch up with you again on Monday.

Bye for now


P.S. I’ll be teaching material from the SFTH book at the Smiling From Your Heart workshop on August 18th in the USA.

Full details and discounts if you book before 1st August here: