Lessons Learned After Uncovering My Attachment to TV
(Minghui.org) The weather in the north of China is very cold and there is no heating in country houses. One night, although the honeycomb stove was burning and the windows were closed, our house was still very cold. At 3 am I seemed to hear someone calling me: “Get up, do the exercises! Do the Falun Dafa exercises!” I got up immediately, feeling a little dizzy and as if the world was spinning.
I walked to the kitchen to wash my face, steadying myself along the wall. After that, I held the washbasin and stood at the door, emptying the water out into the yard. Unexpectedly, I fell face down onto the ground. My lower lip hit the corner of a concrete step and I received a deep one-inch laceration. I was unconscious after the fall.
My husband is the person in my life who knows me best. He understands that since practicing Falun Dafa, all of my illnesses have been healed. For the past 20 years, I have not taken any medicine. Whenever encountering physical discomfort, I recover in a few days by studying the Fa and doing the exercises. He knows that I have Master Li Hongzhi (Falun Dafa's founder) who takes care of me.
My husband was scared after seeing my injury and he immediately shouted loudly: “Master, please help your disciple!” About twenty minutes later I regained consciousness. My husband was very worried and said, “If you were not a Falun Dafa practitioner I would call for an ambulance!” “I’m fine, don’t worry, you just take a rest.” I comforted my husband.
I saw a lot of blood sticking to the collar of my down jacket and hair, but I felt no pain at all. I took a short rest and started to practice the exercises after wiping the blood from my face.
After practicing the first set of exercises, I sat down to take a rest and started to look inward quietly: “I am a veteran Falun Dafa practitioner who began to practice in 1995. Over the years, I have been faithful to Master Li and studying the Fa on the road of cultivation and have gone through many tribulations. I have been solid as a rock without wavering and I do the three things every day. Today, why has such an injury happened to me? Isn’t there an omission in my cultivation practice?
I felt ashamed after reflecting on myself deeply and thinking about my recent cultivation state. I realized that I had developed the habit of watching TV shows with my family after dinner every evening. My thought was that since I had done all three things every day, I could take a little rest in the evening and watch TV. When it is time to send forth righteous thoughts at 6 o'clock in the evening, I can’t calm down at all, and my mind is full of images from TV dramas. I then feel regretful, but tell myself: “Just this once and I will never watch it again.” However, my heart is attracted by the plot. After a while, I cannot help but become emotionally involved in the plot again. Several hours pass in a flash and I end up wasting a lot of precious time.
“A person is like a container, and he is whatever he contains. All of what a person sees with the eyes and hears with the ears are: violence, lust, power struggles in literary works, struggles for profit in the practical world, money worship, other manifestations of demon-nature, and so on. With his head filled with these, this kind of person is truly a bad person, no matter what he appears to be. A person’s behavior is dictated by his thoughts. With a mind full of such things, what’s a person able to do?” (“Melt Into the Fa,” Essentials For Further Advancement)
After watching TV I would feel regretful and depressed when I thought of Master’s words. I also told Master in my heart: “I am wrong and I will stop watching TV.” However, I didn’t control myself and the next day, and I continued to watch TV again.
I was awakened by this fall. This was the old forces taking advantage of my slacking off in cultivation, seeking comfort, and not having a strong main consciousness. They have arranged this tribulation. Now that I have discovered my loophole, I should make up for lost time. I asked Master to help me and sent forth strong righteous thoughts to completely deny all the arrangements of the old forces.
Sometime later it felt as if the wound on my lip was being stitched up. Although my lips were swollen, I didn’t feel the pain but felt very comfortable. I knew that Master was stitching up my wound, and I was deeply moved. I folded my hands and confessed to Master: “I know that I was wrong and I will never watch TV again.
Whenever I recall this scene, tears fill my eyes and I express infinite gratitude to Master in my heart. I remember that when I could not even open my mouth to eat. On the third day following the injury, the wound was completely healed and I could eat normally. That night, a fellow practitioner came to ask me to go out to clarify the truth. My husband said, “As her mouth hasn’t yet recovered, she can’t go out.”
I quickly put on a face mask and a scarf, telling my husband: “Look, I can manage it. Please don’t worry about me.” That night, a bright moon was in the sky and there was no cold wind. Together with my fellow practitioner, I walked upon the snow- covered streets, distributing Falun Dafa informational materials such as DVDs, calendars and booklets to the villagers. With the blessings of Master, everything went smoothly that night.
On our way back, I came across my neighbor’s sister-in-law. As soon as she saw me, she was pleasantly surprised: “Your wound has recovered so soon that you can come out for a walk? A woman in our village fell and injured her mouth much as you did. She had several stitches on her mouth and stayed in the hospital for seven or eight days, but she hasn’t healed yet. Look! You don’t spend any money and don’t suffer from the pain but you have recovered so quickly simply by practicing Falun Dafa.” I told this woman about Falun Dafa in the past and she has read the truth-clarifying booklets. She said, “I do believe in Falun Dafa now!”
Master told us:
“Spiritual cultivation is about progressing to divinity, and all human attachments act as impediments. And the path is narrow in our case. If you are even just a bit careless you might veer off course, and problems will follow—potentially big ones. And if you fail to find your way back, you will regret it forever.” (“Another Stern Warning,” Team Yellow Translation)
I know that there are still some practitioners just like me who insist on watching TV, or are obsessed with their mobile phones and computers. They say that they deny the old forces and call themselves Master’s disciples. They claim that they reject any other arrangements and only follow the path arranged by Master Li. In fact, their behavior shows that they have followed the arrangements of the old forces. When this happens, how can our Master help us? My fellow practitioners, please learn from my lessons! Let us keep Master’s teachings in mind, learn the Fa well, awaken more people, and walk well on our path of cultivation.