Ten Year Old: "I Don't Cause Headaches For My Teachers Anymore"
(Clearwisdom.net) My name is Zheng Yiyun. I am ten years old, and I have been practicing Falun Gong for over a year. Before I started to practice, I was a "problem child" in the eyes of my teachers. They often called my mother and told her about my wrongdoings. I have always been very competitive since I was a child, and there were often problems in my relationships with other people. Because of that, my mother was very concerned about me.
After I started practicing Falun Gong and slowly came to understand the principle of Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance, my temper mellowed without my realizing it. A few days ago, one of my schoolteachers asked my mother in wonder, "Yiyun has improved a lot lately, how did you help him?" My mother then shared with my schoolteacher about what we have learned from practicing Falun Gong, such as thinking about others and putting others ahead of ourselves.
One time, I saw a fifth grade kid bullying a second grade kid on the school bus. I kindly told the fifth grade kid that it was not nice [to bully other kids], but he hit me instead. At that time, I remembered what Teacher said, "As a practitioner, the first thing you should be able to do is to not fight back when you are beaten or sworn at--you must be tolerant." So I did not hit him back, and he also stopped bullying the other kid. My teacher was very surprised that Falun Dafa practitioners can conduct themselves with such high standards. "Not fighting back when being beaten or sworn at" is very hard even for an adult to do, but a fourth grade child can put it into practice. Perhaps that is the effect of "directly targets one's mind."
My dad is a very nice person, so my sister and I used to take advantage of him without any respect. For example, in one winter, we kept nagging until he went outside into the bitter cold to buy us candy. I feel ashamed even thinking about it now. I have learned to become more sensible and no longer so unreasonable.
One time, my mom was saddened by my laziness in cultivation. "If you do not want to cultivate," she said. "I won't force you anymore." After hearing that, I was in tears and said, "I want to be a Dafa practitioner, I want to cultivate!" I know that the side of me that understands does not want to abandon Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance. I must make extra efforts so my mom won't be worried about me and Teacher won't be disappointed in me.
Every Wednesday and Saturday afternoon, I participate in activities at the Minghui School. And, I learned to ride the bus by myself so mom no longer worries about my transportation. Along with other young practitioners, we study the Fa, practice the exercises outdoors, and hand out pamphlets. We all know that Falun Dafa is good, but many practitioners in China are being persecuted, beaten to death, and locked up inside mental hospitals. They need our attention and help.
Once I told my schoolteacher, "There are people from over 60 countries practicing Falun Gong. Falun Gong teaches people to be compassionate and to be good people. It raises people's moral standard and improves their health. Jiang has been persecuting Falun Gong for almost 5 years." The teacher asked me, "Why does Jiang persecute Falun Gong?" I said, "Because there are many, many people practicing Falun Gong, and Jiang is jealous. That's why he persecutes Falun Gong." My teacher nodded, " I understand now."
So one day in our sociology class, the teacher told the entire class about Jiang's persecuting Falun Gong. In addition, the teacher also asked my mom to bring Falun Dafa material to our class so everyone could read about it. Because the teacher knows and approves of Falun Dafa, many more children now know that Falun Dafa is good. That makes me very happy.
There is another thing I want to share with everyone. My dad was the only one in our family who did not practice. Recently he spent a lot of time with us when we had outdoor group practice and other Dafa activities. He has also read Zhuan Falun and started to do exercises with my sister, my mom and me. I am very grateful to Teacher! I must be more diligent and be a true practitioner!