Young Practitioner: Stop Playing Video Games and Maintain Good Habits
(Minghui.org) I am 10 years old. When I started kindergarten in China, I was so healthy that my mother and grandmother used me as an example when they talked about Falun Dafa to other children's parents. After these parents saw that I never got sick and was always full of energy, they were convinced – Dafa indeed kept me healthy.
I have listened to Master’s audio lectures and watched His video lectures since I was very young. I started to read Zhuan Falun at the age of six, for half-an-hour every day. Whenever I struggled with a word, my mom would write it in a notebook and asked me to repeat it often, which was very helpful.
My mother was arrested for her belief in Falun Dafa. I stopped my Fa-study, but my father and grandmother helped me return to my Fa study. Father also read with me Hong Yin, Hong Yin Volume II, and Hong Yin III.
Addicted to Video Games
After my mother was released, we moved to Australia. We studied the Fa together as a family. We decided that one person would read until he or she made a mistake and then the next person would read. However I was allowed three mistakes. I was very serious and wanted to be the one who could read the most. Every morning I also did half-an-hour of the exercises before school, and again before I went to bed.
After we were in Australia for six months, I started to play video games and became addicted to them. I liked the cartoon figures in the game. I could see my mom was worried about me playing video games; she read Master’s Fa to me.
“Disciple: How about the matter of young disciples playing video games?
Master: Video games are really harmful to people, and not just Dafa disciples’ kids. They really draw people in, and have had a negative effect on everyday people as well. They make you do poorly in your work, sleep poorly, rest poorly, and make you devoid of human affection or warmth of feeling, make you neglect your family, make students neglect their studies, and entice you and draw you in. They are contributing to humankind’s destruction. In order to promote video games, those business people constantly come up with new kinds and hype them up on a large scale. What are people to do after they’ve created such an enormous amount of karma? They are corrupting humankind.” (“Fa Teaching Given at the 2014 San Francisco Fa Conference”)
This paragraph of the Fa helped me understand the detrimental effect of playing games. However I did not have enough will-power to uninstall the games, so my mom uninstalled them. However I reinstalled them secretly.
Punishment Draws Attention to Wrong Actions
I woke up one morning and my eyes itched and I could not help but scratch them. They became swollen and I could hardly open them. I continued to scratch until my skin bled.
Before I went to bed, my mom asked me if I watched anything that I should not have watched. I did not know what to say, and then she told me that she knew I started playing video games again.
I felt sad, and I knew I should never again play those games. I also enjoyed drawing pictures of the characters in the games, and I knew I had to stop doing that too.
My mom said: “What you are playing is bad. And it will harm people. For a little disciple, playing video games will impact you in bad ways and prevent you from cultivating diligently. This will prevent you from following Master home. You need to make up your mind to stop such activities.”
Mom told me that I could ask Master to help recover if I decided to give up the video games. I was really addicted to those games, and felt a little sad at giving them up for good. The next morning, my eyes were no longer swollen.
I felt that the games were just like an animal possession. If one does not eliminate them, the possessed people would keep feeding them. Then, they would grow bigger and bigger, and they would control the person more and more. They know when we decide to get rid of them, and do not want to be killed, so they would try anything in their power to stop people from eliminating them.
I felt sad when I made up my mind to stop the video games, but I knew it must be done. I needed to be determined, have will-power, and abide by my decision. I quickly uninstalled all the games.
Then, I was bitten by bugs again. On my hands and arms, there were lots of swollen bites. I was not playing the games, but I did still draw the characters from the games. I knew then that I had to stop the drawings too. The bugs stopped biting me. I thank Master for helping me eliminate the attachment of playing video games!
Distraction Stops Diligence to Fa Study
After we moved to Australia, I started to slack off with my Fa study and exercises. I was easily distracted with other things.
In my heart, I understood that I needed to listen to Master and be more diligent. However I lacked self control and went out to play. My mom was very worried and she yelled at me. I did not like being yelled at, it made me angry and so I yelled back. I regretted it when I could not keep up my xinxing, however I did not want to give in so I found myself talking back to my mom.
After a while, my mom apologized to me: “I should not yell at you and neither should I consider myself higher than my child. I only want what is best for you, but I need to pay attention to my tone of voice, and be kind.”
Once we both realized our mistakes and calmed down, we talked about how to arrange our time better for Fa study. We decided to resume our daily practice of copying the Fa. On my return home from school, I copied a page from Zhuan Falun. After my 10th birthday, I also copied a page from the English version of Zhuan Falun every day.
Before I go to bed, my mom reads with me cultivation stories. I enjoy the Xiaobao’s fairy tales. Each time when I read, I would look within. One of the fairy tales is called “Good Habits Garden.” It mentioned that the good habits we form will grow up to be a towering tree. When the good habits are constantly strengthened, the body of the tree will turn to gold, and the roots of the tree will be connected to a very big pearl, very beautiful. And this is the good result from the good habits we form.
Good habits include that we help each other, be independent, and do not yell. I will remind myself to do better regarding these three habits.