(Minghui.org) In an annual Fa study and experience sharing gathering in central Taiwan, Falun Gong practitioners shared their stories of health improvement and personal growth. The one-day forum was held on January 7 at an elementary school in the city of Taichung. Practitioners at the gathering expressed gratitude to the founder of Falun Gong, Master Li Hongzhi, for helping them realize the profound benefits of the practice.
Ms. Li Limin and all five of her immediate family members practice Falun Gong. By following Falun Gong's core principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance, she became healthy and her relations with family members and others were no longer tense. In fact, she has developed a reputation in her neighborhood for her kindness.
A dozen years ago, Ms. Li's husband was introduced to Falun Gong through a friend. She and her children later joined her husband in the practice. Her son’s asthma disappeared and he shook off his addiction to video games. “It was like he suddenly woke up from it,” recalled Ms. Li. Her son’s grades went from the bottom of his class to the top.
Ms. Li’s temper improved so much that she rarely argued with her husband any more and the family atmosphere became harmonious. Even her husband’s friends took note of her good temper. She said that she was able to do this because of the Fa teaching “...one should not fight back when being punched or insulted,...” (Zhuan Falun)
One time, a business friend of hers roundly berated her for half an hour. Ms. Li knew that her friend had misunderstood her words and she was able to stay calm and explain herself simply. Her friend, after understanding what had actually happened, apologized.
Last year Ms. Li's in-laws came to live with them. Ms. Li was under a lot of stress because her mother-in-law often complained about her over little things. Though feeling wronged, she maintained a good attitude. “I am not a good daughter-in-law now, but I will work hard to be one,” she said with determination.
Ms. Li owns a business and since practicing Falun Gong she now has a different outlook on money. “I don’t care as much as I used to in terms of money. I used to always think about buying property and houses when I made a profit, so I could make more. Now we think more about contributing our profit to society,” she said.
Ms. Xie Jiazhu began practicing Falun Gong in 2002. She shared that when she recently went to a government office, the clerk who checked her photo ID couldn’t believe that she was the same person as in the photo. She looks much younger now because of the practice.
Growing up in a broken home, Ms. Xie always wanted a happy family to take care of. However, her marriage didn’t work out as well as she wanted. Being stressed out and feeling insecure, her health deteriorated. After she began practicing Falun Gong, Ms. Xie finally understood the purpose of life and why things happen the way they do.
“In practice, everything that happens is a good thing,” Ms. Xie said, noting that she looks at things differently after learning Falun Gong. She is more tolerant now. “When facing a tribulation, I can take it better and slowly let go. I am able to look at what happens to me in a compassionate way instead of believing that it's just something that isn’t fair,” she said.
Ms. Xie believes that a practitioner doesn’t have enemies. She took the initiative to mend the relationship with her husband and he responded with good will. “I don’t think that I could make it without the teachings of Falun Gong. It has helped me tremendously,” she said.
Mr. Xiao Weinan is extremely grateful to have come across Falun Gong. He is in great health now and is always eager to introduce the practice to others.
Mr. Xiao retired from the military when he was 25, forced to abandon his career because of multiple injuries. Over the next 30 years he was a frequent visitor at hospitals. He spent most of his time in pain. He practiced other religions, including a long stint with Taoism, but none of the practices helped him with his suffering.
Finally one day, a friend of his gave him a copy of Zhuan Falun, Falun Gong’s main teachings. Mr. Xiao became a practitioner in 2006 and gave up all his other practices. Gradually, the ailments that had tormented him for over 30 years disappeared. He knew that he needed to let more people know about this wonderful practice. He hopes that others can be as fortunate as him.