Elderly Practitioner: Appreciating Doing the Exercises
(Minghui.org) As an 82-year-old person, I began to practice Dafa in 1996. I have never stopped doing the exercises for more than 20 years, but Fa-study has become a major difficulty for me. I always lost words, added words, and read the wrong words. The more I was not fluent in reading, the more problems I had, and it greatly affected the overall Fa-study progress of the group. I was very sad and thought of many ways to fix it. Fellow practitioners also helped me, but with little visible effect.
I did the exercises every morning. When I saw the second set of one-hour exercise music published on the Minghui website, I knew it was Master’s request. I wanted to keep up with Master’s Fa-rectification process, so I did the second set of exercises for one hour at night.
One day, I felt very tired and didn’t want to do the second exercise at night when I came home from the public bath. But I immediately remembered Master’s words.
“Let me tell you that if you do as I have taught in this practice system, it is guaranteed that there will be no harm, only benefit. You claim that you are too busy and don’t have the time. Actually, you are afraid that you don’t get enough rest. Has it ever occurred to you that cultivation is the best form of rest? You can obtain the kind of rest that can’t be obtained through sleep. Nobody would say: “The exercises are making me so tired that I can’t do anything today.” One would only say: “The exercises are making my whole body relaxed and at ease. I don’t feel sleepy after a sleepless night. I feel full of energy…”” (Teachings at the First Conference in North America)
I thought that I shouldn't let the attachment of seeking comfort control me. Then I had to eliminate it!
When the exercise time arrived, I immediately turned on the music and started to do the “Falun Standing Stance” exercise. I seemed to have heard Master’s saying of the verse. I felt less tired, and my body was very relaxed and powerful, which increased my confidence. I realized that the one-hour exercise set by Master is to push up his disciples, increase our gong power and also open up our wisdom.
Now I don’t feel tired after practicing the one-hour wheel-holding exercise. I felt that my body was warm and relaxed, and I walked faster than before. What’s more gratifying was that my Fa-study has changed a lot. One day I suddenly could read the Fa well and faster; my mouth and eyes became coordinated. A fellow practitioner commented, “You are different than before.” She felt very happy for me.
I realized that the compassionate and great Master helped me improve. I gained a deeper understanding of Master’s words.
“Cultivation depends on one’s own efforts, while the transformation of gong is done by one’s master.” (Lecture One, Zhuan Falun)
I hope that fellow practitioners can also do the one-hour wheel-holding exercise. This is Master pushing us forward!