Robert Peng, a world-renowned Qigong Master has joined us this week for our 3 question interview series. We’re thrilled to have Robert’s insight and perspective on health, focus, and goals. Check out his responses below:
People use the phrase “good health” all the time. What does this phrase mean to you?
Good Health to me means not only healthy in a physical way, but also mentally, emotionally and spiritually. In my Qigong practice, we focus on cultivating our energy in different energy centers. The first energy center is near the lower torso. It is the center connecting with the energy of our physical health, birth power, and sexual energy. When the energy here is healthy and smooth, you feel charismatic and energetic and don’t get tired of get sick easily. The second energy center is near your heart. It is the center associated with emotions and feelings. When the energy here is healthy and smooth, you feel happy; you feel loving and loved. The third is energy center is located inside your head. It is the center that concentrates our wisdom and intelligence. When energy here is healthy and smooth, you are a wise person. You make right decisions and move in a right direction. It reminds me of my master Xiao Yao’s answer when he was asked what is benefits of practicing Qigong- the art of energy cultivation. He used to say that you enjoy your good heath when you have the six no-worries:
- No worry eating – Appetite is strong and food tastes delicious.
- No worry sleeping – You fall asleep easily and wake up well rested
- No worry toilet – Digestion is smooth and bowel movements effortless.
- No worry energy – There is enough energy to soar through the day.
- No worry sex – sexual vitality is bountiful.
- No worry emotions – Emotional resilience leads to calmness and good mental health.
With so many distractions in modern life, how do you cultivate focus?
There is a saying: “Small hermit lives in the mountain, big hermit lives in the city.” It is true that the overpowering of information, while making us feel connected with other people, is making a lot of distraction for us. But we can still cultivate our focus and stay calm as long as you can be aware of the present moment.
Imagine a circle with a dot in the middle. The dot represents a clear priority. The rest of the universe is the circle around the dot. When you have a clear priority the entire universe goes into orbit around it. If you are very thirsty, then drinking is your priority. If you are hungry, then eating becomes your priority. The clearer you are about your priorities, the easier it is to maintain focus and for distractions to fall away. Being mindful of what matters most this very instant is the best way to cultivate focus. Present moment awareness is the key to leading a meaningful life. And the easiest and most profound present awareness is be aware of your breath. When you are focusing on your inhale, and, exhale, you can instantly refresh your mind and cultivate your focus.
“Ocean Whispers” is s simple breath technique that helps focus. It is guided breath through waves of ocean at some certain interval, and by observing your breath a few times a day and each time just a few minutes, you will feel your body, your mind and spirit are harmonized in one and for sure the efficiency of work and play is much more balanced and enhanced.
We all have good days and bad days, but if you can be aware of your breath, every day can be a good day!
If you could give one tip to people wanting to achieve their goals (health and wellness, professional, and/or personal life), what would it be?
Watch your breath and nourish your energy. After you have done everything that you can to achieve an objective, release your attachment to it. Let go and trust that the benevolent forces of the universe are going to support you on the road to success. That belief is going to change the odds in your favor. Sit or lie down and feel your whole body is like a sponge soaking in a hot tub. The warm of the qi — the universal energy — is flowing and penetrating every single pore of your body and every single particle of your body is filled with energy and glowing brightly. Then tell yourself: I am in Qi, Qi is in me. And then watch your breath and enjoy the moment. All the energy to flow and work YOU! No other effort needed. In Taoism, it is called, WuWei —No action, but all action.
Robert Peng is a world-renowned Qigong Master and author of The Master Key: Qigong Secrets for Vitality, Love, and Wisdom book/cd/dvd series.
Robert Peng was born and raised in Hunan, China. At age eight, he began an intensive apprenticeship under the close guidance of the legendary monk Xiao Yao, an enlightened master known for his profound healing ability and martial arts skill.
At age fifteen, Robert performed a 100 day water fast in a small dark room at a secluded monastery in the remote mountains of Hunan province. He underwent a radical spiritual transformation and awakened amazing healing powers. Master Xiao Yao encouraged Robert to develop his healing skills by studying with other Chinese masters. He pursued his training quietly while attending university in Changsha where he majored in English Literature. When he was twenty-nine years old, he began to teach publicly, and within five years he had trained over 150,000 students all over China.
In 1997, Robert was invited to relocate to Australia. Seven years later, he moved to New York City.
With his deep understanding and practice of this ancient Chinese healing art of Qigong, and with extensive life and teaching experience in the western world, Robert has developed a unique way to teach Qigong that people from different culture can easily understand and follow but meanwhile still enjoy the real essence of this ancient Chinese art of wisdom, love and vitality.
Robert Peng has been a regular presenter in Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and The Esalen Institute, Integrative Health Symposium and many other organizations and schools. His participants and clients are from all walks of life, who have experienced healing and a new surge of energy and power in their life. www.robertpeng.com.