I Came to Know What Happiness Means after Practicing Falun Gong
(Minghui.org) I began practicing Falun Gong in the Spring of 1997. Many of my illnesses disappeared and my personality improved. I became more positive and the tense relationships around me began to get better. I am now in my 40s.
Huge improvements in my body and mind
Since childhood, my parents, elder brother and elder sister loved me and took care of me. I did not know what happiness meant, but I also did not know what it meant to worry. After I married, I found my husband was lazy. He loved to drink alcohol, go out with his friends, and make trouble. He always spent the money we earned in our small business on drinking and was constantly in debt, owing more than 10,000 yuan. When the end of the year approached, we were visited by many of his creditors. Our family life was always poor, and I felt as if I had fallen into endless misery. I was angry and cried a lot. Several times, I applied to get a divorce. Although I paid a lot of money to the civil affairs department to seek a divorce, I still failed to get it done.
Some people say that you can easily become ill if you are angry all the time. That is true for me, as I acquired many illnesses, including stomach infection, bone spurs, rheumatism and gynecological disease. One illness was not healed before another one came along. I had a terrible life and struggled with my illnesses.
In 1997, some people introduced Falun Gong to me and told me that it was a very good way to get rid of illness and help people stay healthy. I replied: “I am young, and I want to stay away from superstitious things.” They said that it was not about superstition, but was about teaching people to be good, in-line with the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. They also showed me how to do the exercises. The first time I saw their exercises, I immediately wanted to learn them. However, in my mind I did not believe in this, and so did not continue to practice.
About two weeks later, I became really ill. I was in my 20s, but I needed to sit down to rest for a while after walking just a few yards. One evening, I went to visit my mother-in-law, who had just begun to learn Falun Gong. I told her: “When you go to the practice site I will come with you to take a look, but I may not want to learn.” I was afraid that they would try to push me to learn. She said: “OK, you can just go to take a look.”
I will never forget that day when I watched the exercise instruction DVD. I was thinking: “How come the teacher is so good?” He mentioned the words, “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance,” which greatly touched my heart. I followed Master to do the exercises wholeheartedly, and was very excited. On the way back home, I was full of energy and walked ahead of my mother-in-law. I said, “How come you're walking so slowly?!” But she told me that I was walking faster than before. I then realized that just one hour before I was still a sick person. I felt happy. Though Fa-study, I came to realize it was Master who cleansed my body. So I unknowingly became a healthy person.
A harmonious family
While I was newly married, people on my mother’s side of the family asked for a new house for me because my husband and his brother shared a house. However, Master taught us to be considerate of others, and as my husband’s brother had recently got married, I told his wife: “You stay in the new house, and I will stay in the old one.” But both his wife’s family and his wife did not agree and insisted that they live in the old house.
Later, my husband’s brother worked out of town, and was in a tight financial situation because he had borrowed money to buy a house. Last year, when it was near the Chinese New Year, I told my mother-in-law: “Your son is having a difficult time at the moment. I think would be good if you could help them out and buy some clothes for his wife. Didn’t you used to say that you will treat your daughter-in-law as your own daughter?” My mother-in-law was glad to hear this, and she bought two sets of new clothes for her. She was very happy to receive them.
My parents-in-law both have my house keys. I really consider my house as their house and that they can take whatever they need. In recent years, my father-in-law came to my warehouse to get wheat seeds, but he never told me how much he took. I never thought to ask him to return or repay it.
Both my mother-in-law and I ran a small business. Some people thought we were mother and daughter, and often asked us to help them resolve their disputes. One person commented emotionally: “Not in the village or even in the whole town, could we find such good people like you.” Little did they know that my mother-in-law and I also had conflicts occasionally. But we remembered Master’s Fa. Whenever conflicts occurred, we looked within to find our shortcomings and to find the other person’s good points. Thus, the conflicts would soon disappear and we were back to normal.
I did almost all of the household chores at home, and as soon as my husband came back from work, I would make sure that he could immediately have his meal. I also did well with my business. We had a surplus of money after my household spending, and I no longer needed to care much about money. I used to dislike my husband because he did not earn much money.
On one occasion, when I did some wholesale purchasing, the owner of the store told me that she did not have large enough scales and suggested that I go home and weigh the goods myself. She said that I could pay her the next time I saw her. I said: “Is that OK? Can you trust me?” She replied: “I trust nobody except you. Don’t you guys believe in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance?”
When I bought lots of clothes, the owner let us count the clothes ourselves. I then bundled it in tens and waited for her to recount them. The owner did not want to recount the clothes, and said: “How could I not trust you?” Incidents like this happened to me quite often.
When people are interested in my goods, I am never pushy with them and would inform them of the details and the product quality. I would never exaggerate it and would offer them a fair price. If the customer did not like it, I politely suggested that they may wish to look in another store. One woman said to me excitedly: “How come you are so good? I knew that Falun Dafa is good and I also read the book Zhuan Falun. However, due to the Party’s persecution, I gave it up.” I said: “What a pity! Such a good Fa should not be given up.”
Clarifying the truth
After the persecution started on July 20, 1999, I kept telling people about Falun Gong and went to Beijing to appeal. I wanted to tell them “Falun Dafa is good. Falun Dafa benefits our country and people.” I went to Beijing twice, but each time I was illegally detained and brought back by our town’s government officials and police. They detained me and beat me every day for half a month. They also extorted money from my family.
As practitioners do not have a place to speak up for Falun Dafa, my fellow practitioners and I printed truth clarification materials and DVDs to distribute to let people know about Falun Gong and my Master’s innocence.
I believe that anyone that commits such crimes will receive bad returns. So no matter how long my cultivation path is extended for, I shall put in more effort to save more sentient beings.