I’ll never forget the life-changing fight I had with my wife.
We were in China, enjoying another hot, humid, unbearable summer. Then we got into an argument about something that was inconsequential (true of most arguments).
I got upset. My wife got upset. Neither of us were talking to each other.
After several hours of cooling off time, neither of us were feeling any better. That’s when my wife made a suggestion that turned my life around.
“Why don’t we take a step back,” she advised.
Immediately, in my mind, I moved backward. I put space between myself and the turmoil. And as soon as I did so, I felt an improvement. It wasn’t huge, but it was a new beginning.
Little did I realize, at that time, that I would eventually come up with a mind-body fitness regimen based upon this simple idea my wife gave me.
Taking a step back is not only a mind-metaphor – it’s also a physical practice that dramatically changes your mindset.
Over the years I have taught myself myriad ways to take a step back, including being able to write cursive, with either hand, in either direction.
Oddly enough, I also learned to swim in reverse, and I demonstrate this in my best-selling Dao Zou program.
Along with taking a step backward, there is a reverse-breathing and high-voltage visualization component. Without these elements, the practice is empty.
The focusing exercises I teach in the program take you “out of this world,” helping you to begin feeling healing energy flowing up and down your body – a sure sign that your vibration has shifted.
One of keys to practicing Dao Zou, a way that truly transforms the emotional component of any situation you’re struggling with, is slowing everything down. You go beyond what you think of as slow and enter super slow motion.
In my experience, moving in super slow motion attunes my brain and nervous system automatically, whether I believe it will or not.
This tells me that this type of training is NOT a placebo. It doesn’t work for me because I believe it will work. It works because it works… period.
A few years ago, when a close friend passed away, I found myself using my wife’s advice to suck the grief and sadness out of the situation.
When the sadness quickly subsided, I saw something else about Dao Zou that I didn’t realize when I created the program.
And that was: There are certain emotions and negative thought patterns that cannot take hold of you when you’re moving the way I teach you to move in Dao Zou. They can only control you if you are doing what you would normally do.
This means, if you’re feeling down, if you’re feeling negative, the path to going forward might be found, as it was for me, in taking a step back.
One step back will catapult you forward. It will also help you to…
Kick ass – take names.