Let’s Practice the Falun Dafa Exercises Correctly
(Minghui.org) I read an article on Minghui.org, Thoughts on Pace of the Exercise Movements, which I forwarded to many other practitioners. I’ve often reminded practitioners not to move too fast when doing the exercises.
After Falun Dafa parades in Taiwan, we conduct large group exercise practices. During each one, the organizers kept having to remind practitioners to move according to Master Li’s prompts in the exercise music. However, when we did the third and fourth exercises, the practitioners’ movements were at different paces, and we looked sloppy. Why did practitioners still do the exercises at their own pace even after the organizer reminded them to follow Master's prompts?
Our movements got either too fast or too slow because we were not focusing, which means we were not taking it seriously. Since we are so familiar with the movements, many practitioners just do them, but do not have a sincere heart. We all know that studying the Fa well is very crucial. However, how many practitioners understand that doing the exercises correctly is also very important?
I often saw practitioners doing the exercises inaccurately or too fast. No matter how I reminded and corrected them, they continued making the same mistakes. I often became befuddled. Finally, I looked inward and found I was not compassionate and I was impatient. I then tried to correct my intonation and attitude. However, we were still out of sync during the exercises. I asked Master in my heart, “Should I continue correcting and reminding practitioners?”
During the yearly large group exercise before our Falun Dafa conference, if you opened your eyes to look around at the practitioners’ movements, you might have felt very sad. Many of their movements were not accurate. Once, I heard someone say, “How well did the exercise site organizer teach them the exercises?” I thought maybe the organizer had done his or her best.
I believe many exercise sites have the same problem. Another practitioner recently shared his experience. He said, “Actually, to correct one’s own exercise movements, one needs to improve xinxing. Without upgrading xinxing, it’s very difficult to correct your movements, since your movements are already a habit.” I profoundly understood his words. Here is my experience:
Once, when I was exercising with another practitioner at my place, she said my movements were wrong, and that the hands should separate in front of the chest. But I separated my hands in front of my head. I thought how could I be wrong? We then went online and watched Master’s exercise video.
I realized that the other practitioner was right. I needed to correct my movements. It doesn’t matter how many years I’ve practiced. There’s no excuse to not correct myself. However, such a small change took me several days to fully correct. I even suddenly forgot what the movement was when Master gave the prompt. I just stood there and couldn’t move.
This shows how hard it is to change a habit. Determination is very much required.
Some exercise site coordinators don’t have correct movements, but believe that their movements meet the standard. Since it’s usually the coordinators who teach others the movements, practitioners rarely point out their mistakes. Some coordinators even got very upset when people pointed out these errors. It’s not shameful when you have a problem with the exercise movements. When fellow practitioners point it out, we should immediately correct ourselves. This is cultivating our xinxing as well. If we get upset once problems with our form are pointed out, isn’t that a bigger issue than the movements?