Knocking at the Gates of Life

It is tempting to follow every shiny bouncing ball that comes our way, but the result is rarely satisfying. I prefer to take the simplest Qigong exercise, Knocking at the Gates of Life, and practice it until I lose myself.  It is then I feel the most alive as chi moves in and through me.

It is an easy exercise to learn.  You can’t do it wrong.  I’ve seen children do it naturally, without any instruction or thought.  They just do it.  It’s a beautiful thing to see.

Knocking at the  Gates of Life

Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent.  Lift the crown and sink your tail bone.  Feel the stretch in your spine as you stand between heaven and earth.

Breath deep.  Focus your breath a few inches below your belly button.  We call this place your Dantien (“Sea of Energy”).  It is your center and the “Commander and Chief” of all balanced movement.

Slowly twist at the waist and look behind you. First to the left, then to the right.  Your feet should remain rooted in the earth, while your upper body moves as an unit, rotating on a central axis around your Dantien.   Imagine your hands are heavy weights dangling at the end of your arms.  Allow them to swing from left to right with the rotation, tapping your kidney area.

Your movement should be effortless.  Don’t waste energy. This is something that you can do for hours and not feel tired.  Instead, you will feel energized.  Enjoy exploring your central axis!

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As long as Robert can remember, he wanted to be a writer. Like many young people who are called to a creative life, he had to contend with well-meaning friends and family members who discouraged it. While Robert spent most of his career as a successful attorney, he never forgot his dream. In the meantime, he pursued many other interests and was fortunate enough to have some amazing adventures. One of those interests was martial arts. He spent many years studying and teaching Chinese Internal Martial Arts. Robert promised his teacher he would someday write that book he always wanted to write and began to develop a story idea that pitted a young lawyer/martial artist against a powerful pharmaceutical company in a conflict over a miracle cure. The hero wants to insure the cure is freely available to everyone, but powerful enemies want to suppress it. The Nostrum Conspiracy is Robert’s second book. His first book, Naked Tao, breaks a few rules.

Robert has been blessed with an amazing life and it just keeps getting better. He lives in Louisville with his beautiful wife and children. "Bad Bob" is a tongue-in-cheek nick name bestowed upon him by his co-workers when he showed up at his law firm one day on a new Harley. Robert is a martial arts master and has taught over 600 students.

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