My Secret to Remaining Young, Happy and Healthy
(Minghui.org) I visited one of my colleagues who had just given birth to a baby a few days before. Her mother asked me, “Who is looking after your little kid?” “Her child has been working since graduating from college,” said my colleague. “Oh, I thought you were only around 30 years old!” But actually, I am close to 50 years old.
As a high school teacher, I am physically fit. I feel energetic and lighthearted every day. I am in good shape, with a rosy complexion. Those who don't know me very well think I am in late 20s or early 30s.
Let me share a secret with you, and I hope you too will be able to remain young and happy all the time.
My Mind Uplifted
In 1997, my colleague who worked at the desk across from me told me that Zhuan Falun was no ordinary book. I took the opportunity to read it whenever she wasn't reading it and also asked my husband to borrow the book from others. Once we both finished reading the book, my husband and I decided to practice Falun Gong.
I had been very interested in Qigong previously, but many questions in my mind remained. I was enlightened after reading Zhuan Falun, and understood that Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is the characteristic of the universe and the fundamental Buddha Fa.
I wished that I had started practicing Falun Gong earlier, so that I could have become a better person and helped others sooner, as my Master said:
“...keep the interests of others in mind in all situations” (“Lecture at the First Conference in North America”).
“You did not hit back or swear back.” (“Lecture in Sydney”)
I became considerate of others after I started practicing Falun Gong. I took the initiative to clean up the office and bring hot water for my colleagues regardless of whether it was my turn or not. I stopped haggling with small business owners when I bought things from them. I felt so happy every day.
Unfortunately, my colleague missed the opportunity to practice Falun Gong because she found it too tough to remain calm when she had conflicts with her husband.
Resisting Temptation While Husband Was Imprisoned
My husband and I were both arrested when the Chinese Communist regime began to persecute Falun Gong in July 1999. I was detained in a labor camp for a year, while my husband was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment.
After my release, one of my former colleagues came to my home to seduce me. He asked me, “Your husband is in jail. Won't you fall in love or have an affair with another guy?” “No, I wouldn't,” I told him.
Then I continued calmly, “My master would like us to follow a higher moral standard and consider others under all circumstances. I wouldn't have an affair with anybody, even if it is acceptable for many people.”
His attitude turned 180 degree and he said, “Falun Gong practitioners are great people! I'll ask my family to practice Falun Gong in the future.” Later, he did borrow a copy of Zhuan Falun from me.
My former employer fired me during my labor camp detention, but I got a new job in a different school later. The principal said to me, “It is very hard to imagine that you have remained loyal to your husband for so many years while he was in prison. You are such a great person!” I responded, “Any true Falun Gong practitioner would do the same.”Health Improvement
I was physically weak since I was a little girl. Whenever I got sick, my parents took me to see a doctor or get an injection. I suffered from gynecological diseases after I grew up. It was also hard for me to fall asleep at night, partially due to my competitive mentality and the anger and anxiety generated from that mentality.
Since I started to practice Falun Gong, I have become physically fit and healthy. I no longer suffer from health problems such as colds and gynecological problems. I can fall asleep as soon as I go to bed.
Last year my three colleagues who share the same office with me took turns suffering from a cold – when one would get over it, the next one would get it. The colleague across the desk said, “We've all got it. You will be next.” “I'll be alright,” I said. And I didn't get the cold. If I hadn't practiced Falun Gong, I would probably have been the first one who suffered.
My family gets along very well because many of us practice Falun Gong.
My mother-in-law used to take a lot of medication prior to practicing Falun Gong. She suffered from asthma, and she couldn't lie down or sleep whenever she had an asthma attack. Her face looked dark. Now in her 70s, she is healthy and has a rosy complexion, and always has a smile on her face. She can ride her bicycle very fast. She tells people, “Don't believe it if someone says that Falun Gong is not good.”
My mother, 80 years old, has started practicing Falun Gong. She too became happy and healthy. Her hair was gray before, but now her hair is black. She used to be illiterate, but now she can read Zhuan Falun and other Falun Gong books on her own.
My sisters have withdrawn from the Chinese Communist Party and its affiliates. They often repeat “Falun Dafa is good.” Their families are all doing well. Their kids got good jobs after graduating from college, as did my child.
In short, my secret to being energetic, happy and healthy: Falun Gong.