(Minghui.org) I was asked to organize the 40-year reunion for my college class. Because I had to invest so much time into planning the party for over 120 people that I ended up studying theFa less. I just couldn't concentrate.
I thought that I would read more after the party had finished, but things seemed to just drag on and on. One day, a fellow practitioner complained to me, saying, “Aren't you finished yet? How much time you have lost?”
This made me alert, and I realized that the old forces had taken advantage of me.
The party went on for three days. After that, some classmates who lived locally invited those who lived in other cities to go out to eat, and this took another two weeks before everyone saw everyone else that they wanted to talk to. I wasn't free from this until one day when a fellow practitioner texted me, asking me to live with her for a while.
I realized I had thought before the party that I would study the Fa more when the parties finished. But this thought allowed the old forces to take advantage of me, so the parties just went on and on. If our thoughts are not righteous, then the old forces will exploit our gaps.
I went to this practitioner's home and was going to tidy up after our meal when I noticed that it was time to send righteous thoughts.
“Leave it, let's send righteous thoughts first,” she said.
This practitioner always went to bed after sending righteous thoughts at midnight and slept only three to four hours a day. I, on the other hand, had a habit of taking afternoon naps.
“You sleep too much,” she told me. “After this time has passed, you won't get it back.”
I later went to Beijing with this practitioner. On the train, she always studied the Fa while sitting in the full lotus position, and she always sent righteous thoughts when it was time.
A passenger saw us both with our legs crossed.
“You look very kind and calm. Are you Buddhist?” he asked.
We used this opportunity to tell the people around us about Falun Dafa and the persecution.
Sometimes I wanted to chat with this practitioner about everyday people's affairs, but I couldn't. As soon as she had a few minutes of free time, she would use the time to study the Fa.
She always says, “Only by seizing every moment can we could catch up with the progress of Fa-rectification and follow Master to return home.”
During the time I spent with her, I studied the Fa more. I could also concentrate better on my reading. When I sent righteous thoughts, I felt that my energy was very strong.
After I returned home, she texted me again and asked if I still slept in the afternoon. I told her that I didn't need to. She was quite happy and encouraged me.
“Congratulations! You have broken through one more layer,” she said. “If you don't seize the time and cultivate well, you won't be able to return home with everyone. You will regret it then, but it will be too late.”