The Simplest Hardest Qigong Exercise That Will Change Everything In Your Life

For Your Body To Heal, Your Mind Must Also Heal

Several years ago I was introduced to the Qigong teachings of Wang Fengyi after a friend travelled to China to study with a disciple of his. There are no books that teach how to do the qigong that he taught; it is all through oral transmission. In fact, my friend and a handful of other Chinese medicine students and practitioners were the first Westerners to ever experience this style of qigong healing. 

Most know Qigong as a movement meditation, but it is also a whole medicine when sound and visualizations are practiced with the movements. It was not long ago that entire hospitals (aka Medicine Free Hospitals) in China used Medical Qigong to heal diseases. 

The foundation of Wang Fengyi's teaching is that the roots of dis-ease begin as emotional seeds planted in our past --particularly emotional wounds that come from family and ancestral history. To heal these wounds (and your dis-ease), Fengyi led people through exercises to cultivate whole-hearted compassion for the person(s) who inflicted the wounds, and taught them how to use qigong movement and sound to heal the roots of the wounds.

The "exercise" I'm sharing with you from Wang Fangyi's teaching, serves two purposes. The first is to recognize how many ways we wound ourselves, and as a result wound others. The second is to rewrite brain patterning that keeps us repeating the same emotional habits that harm ourselves and those around us. In other words, consider it a thorough cleanse for your mind, body, and spirit. 

Here is the exercise: for the next 8 weeks simply "do not blame." Do not blame anyone. Do not blame others. Do not blame yourself. 

I know, it's such a simple thing and yet it will unfold you, layer by layer, peeling away places you have disempowered yourself. As blame leaves--we can return to our center. 

I did this exercise last year, and it is not hyperbole when I tell you, it changed the trajectory of my life. I posted some of my thoughts about it on Instagram (post below) last February, a day after the 8 weeks. If you really commit yourself to the 8 weeks, you will be able to access this powerful medicine anytime to keep you grounded and present. 


Instagram post from February 18, 2017. "I stumbled upon this scrap of fabric today. If you don't read old manual typewriter, it says "since everything is a reflection of our minds, everything can be changed by our minds."

Finding this little treasure was so appropriate because for the last 8 weeks I’ve been doing this exercise which is “to not blame” —anyone, others, myself. The exercise is so simple and yet once I started, I quickly noticed how much language binds my heart. That literally every word I think, say, and see sends a message that burrows into my mind, body, spirit.

In Chinese, the character for Heart (心) is also used as a radical, which is a component of a word to help you identify its meaning. The heart radical is part of words like ethics, morality, virtue, sincerity, charity, endure, kindness, mercy. It’s also the radical for neglect, anger, rage, passion, secret, sorry, grief, worry, mislead. The list is very long, but you get the idea. 

After 8 weeks (which is the minimum time suggested by a teacher) I’ve learned that compassion begins where blaming ends. 

Blame is a tool to push things further from your heart. Blame is a tool of oppression and fuel for ignorance. Blame is a weapon to disempower... Consider all of this next time you read the news, or engage in gossip or turn words on yourself." 

For more information about Wang FangYi, I recommend this post by Sabine Wilms, PhD. She is a translator of Chinese and Classical Chinese, and has translated two books on the teachings of Wang FangYi. 

Seasonal Recipe: Protect Your Lungs

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In Chinese medicine the Lung (the delicate organ) is easily damaged by "dry evil," which is generally at its height in Autumn. Nothing brings more dryness to the lungs than a big fire. If you've  had a dry throat, hoarse voice, cough, dry nose, or any other signs that you are being parched from the ongoing smoke in our region, this is a great simple recipe you can make at home. You can eat one baked pear a day while they are in season. I just picked a bowl from our tree this morning. I doubt it is a coincidence that Pears, which resemble a lung grow at the hottest/driest time of year.

Medicinal action of pears: Cold and sweet. Regenerates body fluids, quenches thirst, relieves restlessness, clears heat, lubricates the lungs and throat, dissolves mucus, and descends qi (stops cough).

Cautions: Pregnant women should refrain from eating too many pears due to its cold nature. 

Baked Pear Recipe
4 medium pears
1 T butter (moisten lungs)
2 T brown sugar (generate fluids, moisten lung)
1/8 t vanilla extract or even better a 1/2 vanilla bean split lengthwise and scraped. (yummy flavor)
1 T fresh lemon juice
2-3 Cardamom pods (or 4-6 if you tends towards being cold even in this heat) (warming, but mostly adds a lovely flavor)
1/4 cup water

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly butter the bottom of a ceramic baking dish. Mix the brown sugar, lemon juice, vanilla, and cardamom together in a large bowl. Halve and and core the pears and gently toss them in the mixture.

Arrange the pears in the baking dish with the 1/4 cup of water on the bottom. Place the cut-side down into the water and pour the remaining brown sugar mix over the top of the pears. Cut the 1 T of butter and sprinkle is on top of the pears. 

Roast for 20 minutes, then gently turn them over and spoon some of the cooking liquid over them. Continue roasting, basting them once or twice more until they are tender and golden. 20-30 minutes total baking time.