The Secret to Staying Young
(Minghui.org) I recently found a job working in a bank. During the two weeks of training, no one could tell my true age. They all thought that I had just graduated from school. Some even thought I was a student. I am actually 32 years old and have been married for four years! I know nothing about cosmetics or how to take care of the skin. The reason I look young is because I practice Falun Gong - a mind and body cultivation.
I began practicing Falun Dafa when I was in college 14 years ago. Even though at first I was not as diligent, my body remained as someone in their 20s. I don't seem to age, and I have been told that my appearance has become delicate and appealing, along with my temperament. I was able to achieve this through cultivation, without spending a penny. Nowadays, modern women spend a lot of money on theirs looks, and they still might not get what they want. I am so fortunate to practice Falun Gong. Otherwise, the way I used to be obsessed with my appearance, who knows how much money I would have spent on my face!
In Zhuan Falun it says:
“Those practices that cultivate both mind and body make one look very young in appearance, and one looks quite different from one’s actual age. One day a person asked me: "Teacher, how old do you think I am?" As a matter of fact, she was approaching seventy years old, but she looked only over forty. Her face was without wrinkles, glowing with a fair and rosy complexion. She did not look like a person approaching seventy. This will happen to our Falun Dafa practitioners. To tell a joke, young ladies always like to apply facial makeup and want to make their complexion fairer and better. I would say that if you truly follow a cultivation practice of mind and body, you will naturally achieve that goal. It is guaranteed that you will not need to use cosmetics.”
I often hear comments from people that it's hard for them to believe my age, and many female friends often ask me what my secret is. I tell them as long as you truly cultivate Falun Gong, your entire body will go through a wonderful transformation.
Letting Go of Resentment and the Competitive Mentality
I was overly concerned with academic achievements and my future since childhood. I just wanted to be number one. I remember when I was in middle school, I once scored second highest in my class and I cried the entire night. Ever since elementary school, I would stay up late preparing for tests, unable to eat or sleep well. After the tests, I would worry about the score for days. After cultivation, my competitive mentality eased off a great deal. I am now able to sleep well before a major test or job, and the pressure from work has decreased. I feel lighter and happier.
I once had a talk with a friend. She complained that it was very hard to live nowadays. The conflicts among people are hard to deal with; it is very hard to let go of resentment, yet one still has to maintain a civilized appearance on the surface. In the meantime, all of this complication affects one's health, making life tiring.
Before I began cultivation, it was very difficult for me to forgive those who mistreated me. I kept an account of all their wrongs, and resented them for long time. I often complained about all the difficulties in the world. Now that I understand the teachings of Falun Gong, I realize everything has its cause and effect, and its predestined relationship. When others mistreat me it might be that I mistreated them in the past, and I am repaying the debt. Isn't that a good thing? When I think that way, I am happy again and things go smoothly.
For example, because of changing jobs, I came to a new environment. One female worker was friendly to everyone except me. She treated me rather coldly and I felt sad. I soon remembered that I am a cultivator. As a newcomer, I was well taken care of when I came to the company, and I took her position when I came on board. If she was upset, it was understandable. Since I am a cultivator, I should improve my mind and heart nature. How can everything just be perfect? I needed to be more considerate and sympathetic towards her. It was amazing - with just this one thought, it was as if nothing had ever happened and she warmly accepted me.
The pressure of the modern working environment comes from two areas: achievements and relationships. After I began cultivation, all the difficulties and problems were easily resolved. I felt I was making progress on a daily basis with sunshine in my heart! I welcome more and more people to walk on this bright cultivation path!