My Guilty Pleasure

It was 1992, I was 21.

I still had a year left a Uni and life was very, very good.

Me and a couple of university buddies went to watch a film called:

“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

I thought the film was pretty crappy, but the idea behind it was brilliant. Popular, happy go lucky school girl. Nothing remarkable about her, until it turns out she’s ‘The Chosen One’, who must protect humanity from demons, vampires and all the other things that go bump in the night.

Great idea, mediocre film.

Then 1998 appeared and brought with it the TV series.

Long story short I was caught, hook, line and sinker.

Now my friends thought the reason I loved Buffy The Vampire Slayer (BTVS) so much was because of all the beautiful girls in it. And whilst I wasn’t complaining about that, what I really loved were 3 things:

  1. The story telling – I’ve always had an interest in monsters. All the way back to the b&w late night monster movies I used to stay up to watch as a kid. BTVS visited many old themes and put a delightful modern twist on them.
  2. Important issues – BTVS also explored many difficult and awkward themes: Love, sex, death. And handled them very well in my opinion.
  3. Friendship – This is the main reason I loved BTVS. I loved the camaraderie and friendship amongst the main group. I was so very jealous of the bond they shared, the adventures they had, the adversities they overcame together and the loyalty they had for one another. I always wanted to be a part of a ‘Scooby Gang’.

Okay, so that’s the back story to what happens next.

On Saturday I sat down in front of the TV, cranked up Netflix and prayed I’d find something worth watching whilst I ate my tea.

Cos, I don’t know about you, but I usually find wading through the mountain of dross in Netflix takes so long I don’t actually have time left to watch anything. Searching through it’s extensive catalogue of mediocrity becomes the main event.

Anyhoo…

Imagine my surprise when I saw 144 episodes of BTVS available for streaming!

My chin hit the floor.

I shouted for Clarabella to come into the room and shared my good news with her. She simply rolled her eyes and said she was very happy for me.

So what’s any of this got to do with your Qigong practice?

Itsa a good question.

And as of last night I’d have said: ‘Absolutely nothing’.

But I’ve slept on it and two lessons come to mind.

1) Schedule It – At around 40 minutes per episode and 144 episodes available to watch, that’s 96 hours, 4 days worth of solid TV watching. I know what I’m like and I will have to exercise discipline.

Events will come up and I’ll be faced with a dilema e.g.

  • ‘Wrestle with a project, or watch BTVS?’
  • ‘Do my practice of watch BTVS?’
  • ‘Why don’t you just watch one more?’

And so on.

That voice that tells me it’s okay to take the easy option is going to be working overtime and I’m going to have to keep an eye on it. If I’m not careful my guilty ‘Buffy’ pleasure could become a monstrous time sucking parasite.

I’ve found the best way to deal with these monsters is the same way I deal with my Qigong practice… Schedule it!

Do you have any ‘Time Suck’ areas in your life you need to keep on top of?

2) Cemeteries – In my book: Shaolin Chi Kung (http://shaolinchikungbook.com) Qigong Don’t #4 is:

“Don’t practice near a cemetery…because the Qi near a cemetery is too yin…”

Buffy spends far too much time in cemeteries *LOL*

Which reminds me, there’s a funny story about my teacher, an event I organised and a cemetery. I’ll have to share it with you one day. But I’m running out of space in this Qigong Daily.

Oh, and if you want to find out what the 10 Qigong Dos and the 9 other Qigong Don’ts are for your practice, you’ll find them on page 131 to 134 of Shaolin Chi Kung.

Right, that’s my ‘guilty pleasure’ out in the open. I feel so much better for getting it off my chest.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Until tomorrow…

Marcus

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