Excellence Reporter: Shifu Yan Lei, what is the meaning of life?
Shifu Yan Lei: The meaning of life is to connect our heart with our body. These days people think too much and their mind and body are out of harmony. Shaolin Qigong and Kung Fu takes us from our thinking mind and clothes us in heaven and earth. Every time we do our Shaolin Workout, we turn off our thinking mind and let our internal wisdom take over.
Life is not meant to be a cosy duvet. We forge our mind and body through the fire of our training to reach our highest potential. We train as if every training session is our last and we train until we’re empty. We do not put our energy on hold for some future time. Now is all we have. Now is where the Buddha lives.
Our body is a treasured gift and it’s our job to take care if it and nourish it. We are humans and animals. We are born to move. A mind and body disconnected can not feel whole and complete. This is what we all seek, a sense of wholeness. Entering into these ancient forms we reconnect our mind and body and from this flows peace and happiness. When we are too happy to think about the meaning of life, then we know we have found it!
~Shifu Yan Lei is a 34th generation disciple from the Shaolin Temple in China. Now based in London, he is the author of Instant Health: The Shaolin Qigong Workout For Longevity, and, Instant Fitness: The Shaolin Kung Fu Workout. Thousands of people all over the world have benefited from his Shaolin Warrior series of DVDs, which offer a graded path to mind and body wellness. He teaches private classes and seminars around the world. He also plays a martial artist in the independent feature film The Turtle And The Sea.
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