Cherish Today’s Opportunities to Cultivate
(Minghui.org) I am a woman living in a rural area. I started to practice Falun Dafa in July 1996. I have improved so much during my journey that I wish to share my experiences.
I was in poor health when I was young. I studied at school all year, and the conditions there were terrible. The winters in the Northeast are very cold, and I had to sleep on a cold, wooden bed at night, which made my arthritis worse. When I fell ill, my knees hurt so much that I couldn’t walk. I would squat on the ground and cry at those times.
I came down with Keshan disease twice, which lead to my heart problems in junior high. I often had to gasp for breath and take breaks just walking uphill. I was also afflicted with trigeminal neuralgia and had to walk with my body hunched over. I took a lot of medicine. Although I was somewhat better with the medications, I often felt uncomfortable.
We lived in poverty, and my mother was weak from many ailments. My father was an alcoholic. My family had to borrow money for my schooling. My two brothers were very talented, but my family could not afford three students, so my brothers had to end their educations early. Although one of my brothers was admitted to a high school, he had to forego the opportunity so I could carry on with my studies. It was still very difficult for my family to pay for my education.
With my family’s hopes centered on me, I studied very hard. However, I developed a neurosis at school, and I had to end my education because there was no hope of being admitted to a university.
I was overwhelmed with despair when I left school. I sat all day in the corner of my small room without speaking or seeing anyone.
Sometimes I put on clean clothes and sat by the water. Out of fear that I would kill myself, my parents asked my brothers to look after me. I wasn’t suicidal, but I had no hope for my poor family! Our house only had two small rooms, the roof leaked when it rained, my mother was very ill, and we were in debt. I was severely depressed, and I felt like stones were pressing on my heart.
I grew vegetables in a greenhouse for two years. Deep into the night, I sat on the roof of the greenhouse and watched the lights of vehicles coming and going on the main road. I thought and thought. I even thought of becoming a nun.
I suddenly felt ill one day in July 1996 and couldn’t work anymore; I had no strength in my limbs. I had to walk home and was exhausted when I arrived. I was told that my parents had gone to a Falun Dafa practice site. I was angry at them and cried out, “Everybody is trying to make money but you two have gone out to do a practice!”
Still mad, I walked to the practice site and saw a large photo of Master Li. I was invited to read an article by Master. In the group, I saw a very popular schoolteacher. “Why is he here?” I wondered.
“Can doing these exercises can cure my arthritis?” I asked him. He firmly said yes.
My parents improved greatly through the practice, and I saw that Falun Dafa was magical and extraordinary. My mother become healthy and can still do farm work, and my father easily quit drinking. To me, these were miracles. My father, together with my younger brother, were able to made the farm profitable. Everything started to go well for my family. We built new houses, and my younger brother got married and had a boy.
My whole family is extremely grateful. If we had not started practicing Falun Dafa, how miserable would our lives be now? Through cultivation practice, all my illnesses have disappeared. Thank you, Master!
By studying Dafa, I now have the answers to many questions about life that I had longed to understand. Dafa resolved all the puzzles that had lingered in my mind for years. Dafa completely changed my view of the world.
Although I am often very tired from doing farm work, my heart is at peace. Dafa has given me a healthy body and taught me to be a good person; I strive to live by Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. I do my best to think of others first, which has gradually removed my selfishness.
Falun Dafa is miraculous when it comes to healing people and keeping them fit. As long as you truly practice it, you will be experience these benefits. Some of my relatives were taking all kinds of medications just to get through their daily lives. For example, my aunt used to suffer from stomach problems, liver disease, anemia, and gynecological complaints. Since she started practicing Dafa, she also has been able to work on our farm. She is so strong that even a young man cannot match her productivity in the field. She tells everyone she meets, “It is because I practice Falun Dafa that I am so healthy.”
Another aunt used to suffer from a lung disease. Her doctor told her to go home and prepare for her funeral. She also regained her health by practicing Falun Dafa. My aunts have not gone to a physician in three years. Their former doctor, an aged, well-known doctor of Chinese medicine, is now attending a Falun Dafa practice site.
Since the persecution of Falun Dafa started on July 20, 1999, the vast land of China has been in the darkness. My father and younger brother were both arrested and beaten in 2001. The police forced my father was forced to drink and smoke. He was then forced to record a video called “He has given up practicing Falun Dafa.” After he came home, my father was heavyhearted, and he felt that he was trapped in a nightmare. He couldn’t understand why the persecution was happening and passed away in 2001.
My path of cultivation has been filled with with trials and hardships. At times I became confused and got scared and stagnated. But Master Li has always been with me. Only with Master’s help have I been able to overcome all these difficulties.
I think that only by working hard at cultivation can we repay Master for his salvation. I hope that all practitioners who have slacked off will cherish today’s opportunity to cultivate, which is very rare. Thank you, Master.