Aligning Myself with the Fa Every Minute
(Clearwisdom.net) I work in a private enterprise in a big city. Due to high property prices, I rent in the suburbs. I go to work by public transport everyday. Sometimes it takes me one or two hours one way, and I also have to change buses. Most of the private enterprises only allow a one-hour lunch break. Almost all day I am busy and feel tired. For a long time I have been in this state and have now become slack.
I often hear fellow practitioners saying that so and so became slack when they came to this city. Why are practitioners who come here not diligent? On the surface it is because people around them fight for fame and self-interest every day, and practitioners are easily polluted by them. But the real reason is, I think, that the old forces' remaining evil factors in other dimensions are staring at every practitioner, and they resort to every means to drag practitioners down. Master has repeatedly told us that we should look inward when we come across anything. Since we have been interfered with, we shouldn't look outward. Instead we should look inside unconditionally. We should require ourselves to do well. When we really do well, the environment around us will change accordingly.
I have been in an unsteady state. After work I didn't study the Fa much. I practiced the exercises on and off. I didn't want to be like this in my heart, but I felt something pressing down on me and I didn't see any way out. Now, looking back, I think it was because I studied the Fa too little and didn't concentrate when I studied. Master requires us to do the three things well: study the Fa, send forth righteous thoughts, and clarify the truth. Studying the Fa well is first priority, and it is the foundation for the other two things. Master tells us the importance of studying the Fa every time he lectures to us. There are two aspects of studying the Fa well: one is reading the books and the other is practicing the exercises. After I realized this, I have been doing the following since February this year. I feel the results are good.
I set the alarm for 3:30 a.m. and participate in the national morning exercises at 3:50 a.m. After sending forth righteous thoughts at 6:15 a.m., I make preparations for the whole day before I kick off. I leave home before 6:55 a.m. and send forth righteous thoughts while I am on the way to work. At 7:10 a.m. I am normally on the bus and I read the Fa on my mobile phone. (My mobile has an electronic book function.). Thus I make full use of the one-hour trip. On the bus I also send forth righteous thoughts at 8:00 a.m. At 8:30 a.m., I arrive at the office. At lunch break, I normally send forth righteous thoughts while I am eating. After lunch I read "Minghui Weekly." Once I put a whole week's articles from the Minghui website (Chinese version of Clearwisdom) in my phone. I was not able to read them all due to limited time. So I mainly read Minghui Weekly and the rest of the time I read Master's different lectures.
In the office after finishing work, I study the Fa if I am alone, or I go out on a business trip. At 5:30 p.m. the bus will be full of people and I am normally unable to get a seat. So it is not easy to read the book. I then send forth righteous thoughts. If I can get home before 7:00 p.m., I send forth righteous thoughts at 7:00 before I have dinner (my mother, also a practitioner, cooks dinner for me at home). Except for special circumstances, I send forth righteous thoughts five times around the clock from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. My mother and I start to study the Fa together after 9:00 p.m. (At the moment our Fa study group is only my mother and me, because we do not have contact with other practitioners.) I go to sleep after righteous thoughts at midnight. From Monday to Friday and also early mornings and evenings on weekends, I follow the above routine. During the day on weekends, we go out to publicly clarify the truth.
If I follow the routine, I feel every minute that I am a Dafa practitioner. I can also face conflicts at work with a righteous mind. I feel I am assimilated to the Fa and no longer have the feeling that I am away from the Fa when I am not studying or doing the exercises. And I no longer feel tired after a day's work.
During the process I still have much to improve. For example, I oversleep, and even the alarm or my mother's call doesn't wake me up; after righteous thoughts at 6:00 a.m., I sometimes go back to sleep; sometimes I don't concentrate when sending forth righteous thoughts; my mind wanders when I send forth righteous thoughts while I am walking; I doze off when sending forth righteous thoughts; sometimes I go to bed early. I expose my shortcomings here in order to set stricter requirements for myself and do better in the future.
I hope my experiences can help fellow practitioners in a similar situation. I also hope that practitioners in different environments can all become diligent. Of course, only with Master's compassionate protection could I have come to this enlightenment. My gratitude to Master is beyond words. The only thing I can do is be diligent, diligent, and more diligent.