Cultivating My Character in All Aspects of My Life
(Minghui.org) It has been three years since I started to practice Falun Dafa. During this time, through consistent Fa study and cultivating my xinxing, I have experienced tremendous improvements. I feel light-hearted, full of energy and have truly achieved the state of being illness-free.
With sincere gratitude for what Teacher Li Hongzhi has done for me, I would like to share some of my experiences in cultivation.
Eliminating Attachments to Self-Interest and Saving Face
Through studying Dafa’s teachings, I learned to look inside, give up attachments and to follow the principles of the Fa in my daily life.
Teacher said in Zhuan Falun:
“In our school of practice, those who practice cultivation among everyday people are required to practice cultivation precisely in ordinary human society, and to fit in among everyday people as much as possible. You are not really asked to lose anything materially. It does not matter how high your position ranks or how much wealth you own. The key is whether you can abandon that attachment.”
“Our school of practice directly targets one’s mind. The key issue is whether you can take lightly and care less about the issues of individual gain and interpersonal conflicts.”
I work in a factory and am responsible for delivering goods. One day this year, I delivered some goods and collected payment from the client. After I arrived back at the factory, the cashier told me that the client called and complained that I had overcharged her by more than 30 yuan.
I immediately called her back explain that I had not done so, but she was still very upset and said a lot of bad things about me. I felt greatly wronged.
I had often gone out of my way to accommodate this client. For example, she asked me to move the goods around when I delivered them to her factory. And sometimes I charged her less than I should for smaller shipments.
However, instead of getting in touch with me first, she called the factory to complain about me. I really wanted to argue back. But I thought, “I am a practitioner, and I should not behave the same as an ordinary person.”
Then I thought: “Wasn't this targeting my attachments--in particular, my attachments to saving face and self-interest? I should really thank her for complaining. How could I still feel I was being wronged?
I changed my attitude. I cordially told her to write down the alleged amount overcharged on the transaction records, and I would return it to her next time. If it were not for my practicing Falun Dafa, I would never have reacted this well.
Becoming a Better Person
My wife is also a practitioner. She always tries to make the best use of time before going to work and after coming home to clarify the facts to people. Sometimes when I get home from work, she is not there yet, or our meal is not ready. Before I practiced Falun Gong, I would lose my temper over this. However, she never argued with me. She smiled and tried to calm me down, saying, “Please don't be upset--it's not good for you!”
It was only after I became a practitioner, that I understood how a practitioner should conduct themselves, as well as the relationship between loss and gain.
On days that I have early deliveries, I make dinner before my wife gets home. When I start my deliveries late, I still try to help out by taking care of some household chores.
Standing Up for Falun Dafa
I delivered goods to a township in Hunan Province one day. While I was passing through the inspection station, a police officer checked my documents and saw an amulet that read, “Falun Dafa is wonderful” hanging from my rear view mirror.
He shouted: “The government has denounced Falun Gong. You still hang this?! Take it down!”
I calmly replied: “Is there anything that the government has said that turned out to be right? Land Reform, the rightists, the Great Cultural Revolution: the government turned out to be wrong each time.”
I then asked him: “Was the June 4th Tiananmen Massacre right? Since 1999, the regime has been persecuting a group of cultivators who believe in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. This is not just wrong, it is committing a crime. The government has never done anything right!”
“This amulet can ensure my safety and good fortune,” I said. “Who can guarantee that for me? Let me tell you, by remembering: 'Falun Dafa is wonderful!', one will have a good future.”
He nodded his head and returned all the documents to me. I only wish I had had the courage to tell him about quitting his membership in the Party.
During last year's wave of suing Jiang Zemin, the former Chinese leader who started the persecution, I submitted my lawsuit to the Supreme court and procuratorate and received a confirmation receipt.
We are at the end of Fa-rectification, and I will walk well on the path that Teacher arranged for me, do the three things well, and save as many lives as I can. I want to be worthy of being a Fa-rectification period Dafa disciple.