I had an interesting experience I’d like to share with you if I may. I don’t know how this is going to finish up as this post is coming live and unedited. But I’m confident you’ll find it of value.

So I delved into my ‘busting at the seams’ email bag and pulled out this stinker from Yves, who wrote the following comment:

“Cant learn qigong from book and video and all you do
in these emails is yap yap yap….bullshit”

Thanks Yves.

But do you know what’s really cool about this?

It didn’t bother me.

Hold on, cos I don’t think you caught that so let me explain.

This kind of email used to send me into a spin and I’ve had to work hard to not let it really put a nasty twist into my day.

But what was my first thought after I read it?

“Hmm, Yves really doesn’t get it.”

Then I did him the courtesy of unsubscribing him and got on quite happily doing what I do.

Now for someone like me, who used to stress CONSTANTLY about what others might be thinking about him… that’s real progress.

I’ve struggled so hard with this pretty much all my life, so I’ve become something of an expert in finding ways to overcome this self-esteem zapping weakness.

I’m planning to write a short book on the subject called ‘Hater Proof’. But in the mean time, if this is something you struggle with you’ll find one of the most powerful solutions to other people’s ‘Hate’ on page 90 of my book Smiling From The Heart.

And today, because I’m feeling so generous, I’d like to share with you two quotes I like to keep in my mind. They really have helped me to steer a smoother course through life.

Here they are:

“Opinions are like assholes. Everybody has one.” –
Clint Eastwood as Harry Callahan in: The Dead Pool.


“No matter how thin you slice it, there will always be two sides.” –
Baruch Spinoza.

These two quotes help me to remember that not everyone has to agree with what I say or do. And the other way round.

I’ve found it very liberating to finally be free from other people’s opinions of my work.

If you’d like 29 more advanced Qigong and non-Qigong tools to help you sail freely through whatever your life may throw at you, check out this book:


And when you’ve finished reading this post, I invite you to spend just 3 minutes reflecting on ways you’ve changed for the better.

Look, if you practice Qigong regularly, especially the way I teach it, I know you’ve changed for the better.

Trust me, you’ve changed a lot, it’s simply that you don’t see it. Because most change is gradual in nature and because you’re with you 24/7 it can be hard to notice. Especially if you don’t keep your Progress Tracker up to date!

So promise me you’ll spend a few minutes contemplating on this and then give yourself a pat on the back for being awesome.

Kindest regards


P.S. My good friend Eric Thomas, who peer reviewed “Part 4 – Non Qigong Tools”, of my book Smiling From The Heart and who generously gave me a glowing testimonial for the back cover, has just released perhaps his best video yet.

If you’ve got 6 mins 24 seconds spare, I can’t think of a better way for you to invest it than to watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDoFVSVVEWE