My personal philosophy guiding all of my studies and training has been what is practical –what is actually going to improve who I am and how I relate to the world of others in a way that is efficient and recognizable. I did not read a googol of books just because I found them interesting; I found them interesting for what they could contribute to improving my life in a discernible way. That same principle carried across all of my studies and training, and is the foundation for what and how I teach.
I have come to realize through all of my study and training how important what the Japanese call “kihon” (kee-hone) is. “Kihon” translates to “basic” in English. Kihon is the very essential idea of something, the very basic idea or concept that something is built from. An analogy would be the individual letters in the alphabet, which all writing (that uses some form of an alphabet) is built from.
My personal philosophy now is simply to practice qi gong and meditation. I looked at things far and wide, and it all boils down to practicing. Concepts and other people’s insights are interesting and intriguing, but practicing an ancient mind/body discipline, such as ZYQ, consistently and well transforms a person from who and how they are into who and how they aspire to be.
My teaching philosophy is to explain the most basic concepts (kihon), and relate everything to those basic ideas. While it is important to learn the actual qi gong and meditation forms, I think it is equally important to put them into a modern context. That is something I have done for myself, and that is a big part of my teaching philosophy. Practicing is key to receiving the benefits of qi gong and meditation. Cultivating a practice, I believe, is a quantum easier when it is put into a modern life context.