Finding “Inner Peace” at Politics Week in Stockholm
(Minghui.org) From June 10 to 18, Falun Gong practitioners in Stockholm attended politics week, an event hosted by the city government and non-governmental organizations aiming to enhance the understanding between politicians and immigrant communities. The chairmen of all political parties, the minister of culture, lawmakers, community leaders, and more than 50 groups attended this event.
Practitioners set up a booth across from the host stage and introduced the ancient Chinese practice of meditation and self-improvement, as well as the ongoing persecution of Falun Gong in China.
Support from All Walks of Life
During the nine-day event, many political leaders, including Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, received Falun Gong materials. Practitioners also talked to numerous political party members, many of whom have heard about the persecution in China from other channels. Some took this opportunity to sign a petition condemning the persecution.
Ahmed Abdirahman, chairman of the Global Village and one of the organizers of the event, thanked practitioners for their contribution and welcomed them to the same event next year.
Jacob Dencker, a member of the Swedish Green Party, apologized for an incident several years earlier, when he reacted negatively to a practitioner who tried to hand him a flyer on the street. He worked at the European Union headquarters in Brussels at the time. This time, he was happy to sign the petition. “I am signing on it on behalf of my party,” he said.
Learning the Exercises
Many people were attracted to the gentle exercises and learned the movements at the booth. Some of them came to the booth several days in a row.
“This practice is special. People need this kind of peacefulness,” a man said after watching two other people learning the exercises. He took some materials to study at home.
Acku learned the sitting meditation carefully. She said to practitioners, “When I saw you guys, I didn't want to leave. You guys look so kind. The sitting meditation was wonderful. I sensed the inner peace. I like Falun Gong.”