One of my wonderful clients sent me this story:

There were two warring tribes in the Andes, one that lived in the lowlands and the other high in the mountains. The mountain people invaded the lowlanders ond day, and as part of their plundering of the people, they kidnapped a baby of one of the lowlander families and took the infant with them back up into the mountains.

The lowlanders didn’t know how to climb the mountain. They didn’t know any of the trails that the mountain people used, and they didn’t know where to find the mountain people or how to track them in the steep terrain.

Even so, they sent out their best party of fighting men to climb the mountain and bring the baby home.

The men tried first one method of climbing and then another. They tried on trail and then another. After several days of effort, however, they hd climbed only several hundred feet.

Feeling hopeless and helpless, the lowlander men decided that the cause was lost, and they prepared to return to their village below.

As they were packing their gear for the descent, they saw the baby’s mother walking toward them They realised that she was coming down the mountain that they hadn’t figured out how to climb.

And then they saw she had the baby strapped to her back. How could that be?

One man greeted her and said: “We couldn’t climb this mountain. How did you do this when we, the strongest and most able men in the village, couldn’t do it?”

She shrugged her shoulders and said, “It wasn’t your baby.”


Cool story huh?

I did a bit of digging and found out the source of this story. It’s from Jim Stovall’s book: You Don’t Have To Be Blind To See.

For me it highlights a very important question I rarely see Qigong teachers asking their students.

But it can make the difference between success and failure with Qigong.

Can you guess what it is?

Sure you can, but let me share it with the rest of the Qigong Daily readers, here it is:

What’s your WHY for practicing Qigong?

Being able to answer this question clearly gives you a great advantage over the vast majority of Qigong students.


Because Qigong is no ‘quick fix’. It takes time and dedication to reap the most valuable rewards of Qigong and you’ll face many challenges along the way.

I’ve got to keep it real with you. Because:

  • Sometimes you won’t feel like practicing.
  • Sometimes you’ll struggle to find the time to practice.
  • Sometimes you’ll have doubts about your practice.

And that’s when having a clear WHY will:

  • Get you out of bed or off the sofa and doing your practice.
  • Remind you what your priorities are and find the time for your practice.
  • Help you to overcome your doubts.

And so on.

With a big enough why, you’ll always find a way.

So what’s your why?

Knowing the answer to this question and reminding yourself regularly gives you a powerful advantage over most Qigong practitioners and will help you get what you want from your practice.

If you’re struggling to find your ‘why?’ I’d suggest you read pages 21 to 31 of my book: Shaolin Chi Kung. The section titled: The Route of Masters.

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