There Is Cultivation in Practicing the Exercises, and There Is Also Practice in Cultivation
(Clearwisdom.net) For a long period of time, I did not do the Falun Gong exercises often enough. Sometimes I practiced, sometimes I did not. If the situation was bad, I would not practice at all for a few months. I was not able to have a breakthrough in this aspect. Recently this year I studied the “Fa” in a study group and we did the exercises together. Gradually, even when I was not at the study group, I was able to do the exercises on my own also. This process included the letting go of human notions and elevating in my understanding of the Fa.
To give an example, when I wanted to practice the first four sets of standing exercises, a thought would appear: I did not feel like practicing because it was too tiring. My body would feel lazy and I would not feel like standing up. When I had righteous thoughts, I would remember Master's words, “A complete cultivation practice of mind and body requires both cultivation and practice.” (“Lecture One” in Zhuan Falun)
Should I listen to Master or should I continue to be lazy? Thus I would stand up to practice the exercises. When I was practicing the fifth set of exercises, the meditation, sometimes I would not be able to calm down. I would have the thought of taking my legs out of the lotus position. While I was hesitating, I then had a righteous thought and I understood that this was also a cultivation process. I should look inward and dig out any bad thoughts and get rid of them. Then my doing the sitting meditation would be successful.
For a period of time, I was able to meet Master's requirements and persist in doing the five sets of exercises. I realized that when I was sending forth righteous thoughts, my body would become extremely big and the energy field would be very powerful and I could calm down easily. It was exactly like what Master said,
“On the one hand, the exercises are used to strengthen supernormal abilities. What is “strengthening?” It is the reinforcement of your supernormal abilities by your powerful gong potency, thus making them progressively stronger. On the other hand, many living beings need to be developed in your body.” (“Lecture One” in “Zhuan Falun”)
I realized that Falun Dafa really “requires both cultivation and practice.” “Every aspect of xinxing must be upgraded for you to make real progress.” (“Lecture One” in Zhuan Falun)
For those practitioners who still do not pay attention to doing the exercises, you should think about yourself in this aspect and see what attachment is deterring you. You should look inward and get rid of the attachment and better validate the Fa.