by Robin White
When I first met Dr. Harold Koning about 7 months ago at the age of 73, he was teaching a 2-hour class on the Martial Arts known as Silat. From the way Harold moves, going from a standing position to a deep squat position in a matter of milliseconds in order to out manuever his opponents, followed by a quick sweep under their feet to knock them down, I was literally bowled over by how fast he moves!
From what I understand, Harold practices Qi Gong and martial arts regularly and eats quite sensibly, but he does not run marathons or follow the kind of rigorous training that many believe is the holy grail of longevity. He keeps his body moving and he believes in the wisdom of his body to heal itself and be well.
More and more, I have come to the realization that a great many of us have been brainwashed by the massive pharmaceutical advertisements on TV. We now think that something is bound to go wrong. We believe ourselves to be some sitting duck, and that eventually because we are getting older, we will someday fall prey to one or all of these diseases.
Harold and many others do not have this belief. I never did. The body is the faithful servant of the mind, and will do whatever the mind tells it. The mind is more powerful than anything we can imagine. I am not saying that this is a simple thing. It's pretty complex. But over time, your belief system exacts a toll on everything around you. Change your thoughts and you will change your world. Totally put trust that your body is there for you. Trust that it will be well. But also treat it with respect. Our body is also our faithful servant in this life, so care for it well and it will be there for you.
I hope you will be inspired by Dr. Harold Koning just as I was. Dr. Koning has taught and practiced Qi Gong for 25 years, is an instructor of Indonesian Martial Arts and a Master Drummer in the Afro-Caribbean tradition. He is fluent in English, Spanish, Dutch, French and Surinamese Creole.
He also holds a Ph.D., MSW, M.Ed., C.Ht., and is the founder of Dynamic Wellness Strategies. He is a Life, Wellness & Career Coach. His training includes a Doctorate in Social Psychology, a Master of Social Work, Master of Educational Technology, Master of Clinical Rational Hypnotherapy and Certification in Medical Hypnosis. Dr. Koning completed his postgraduate training at the prestigious Harvard Medical School Mind/Body Institute. Dr. Koning developed “Potential Based Coaching Systems” a Mind/Body healing approach.
Read more about this incredible man at www.mind-bodystrategies.com