Volunteers of all ages have entered the gates - whether it is help with painting or to print t-shirts, at the end of the day, everyone feels a sense of accomplishment, a sense of community. With smiles on their faces, the volunteers know they have contributed to something worthwhile and a place that gives those who visit, a great deal of pleasure.
Monday, 6 July 2015
Volunteers are often misunderstood and labelled as "do gooders", yet nothing could be further than the truth. Volunteering is about giving up time with the understanding that the only things one receives in return is a huge amount of self-worth and respect. The Shaolin Temple Cheshunt has seen many people volunteer their support. You may have walked past the Temple, you may have even popped in, but if you took the time to find out, you will discover that over the last six years the Temple has changed beyond believe. The Temple was the vision and dream of a young child which has become a reality. That child is now the Senior Coach at the Temple, Matthew Ahmet. He describes the Temple as the equivalent to a box of Lego, of course, much bigger! He has worked tirelessly to make sure that the Shaolin Temple Cheshunt resembles the outline of a Temple you would find in China. The gates are positioned so that when they are opened or stay closed, there is symmetry. The court yard is enveloped by three buildings one to the left, one to the right and the main training hall ahead.
How often have you heard someone say "I'm having a mid-life crisis!" or "I'm lost" or "I have no direction". That's how a person may feel, and to that person it feels real.
I started training at the Shaolin Temple Cheshunt 2 years ago. I'm not going to go into detail because my story is not ready to be told, but my health and well-being were not great, I was struggling with my businesses and had lost focus. I had just turned 50. Sounds familiar?
I made the bold decision to attend Qi Gong classes and the sensible decision to take one to one classes with senior coach Matthew Ahmet once a week.
Matthew helped to meditate, focus my mind, find my energy and most importantly of all, realise that changing my life was possible and the tools I needed were all within my reach.
The phrase "right place, right time" springs to mind. The Shaolin Temple was the right place for me and with Matthew's help I began to change my life - improve my well-being, improve my health, transform my body, improve my businesses. I call it the Matthew Ahmet effect. Sounds to good to be true? One day you will meet me in person, hear the full extent of my story and understand that with focus and determination you can achieve anything.
My name is SuXi and I am a student of the Shaolin Temple Cheshunt.