(Minghui.org) May 13, 2021, was the 70th birthday of the founder of Falun Dafa, Master Li Hongzhi. Nazareno, an environmental artist, wanted to express his most sincere appreciation to Master Li for renewing his life.

Nazareno started cultivating Falun Dafa, also called Falun Gong, in 2017 in Canada. He moved to Finland last year.

Nazareno doing the Falun Gong exercises

For two months before I started practicing I was very sick, so I visited a few doctors and took some tests, but they said I was OK. I sometimes had difficulty balancing, even though I was able to walk. It was a difficult time for me so I went to the practice site and asked to learn the exercises.

A friend of his told him about Falun Dafa and suggested that he go to a local group exercise site that held free workshops every weekend.

Nazareno had always been interested in spiritual pursuits, so he went and did all five exercises. Although he could not stay in the double-lotus position for the meditation, the practitioners at the practice site were amazed that he sat there for an hour.

Great changes happened to Nazareno after he started cultivating. “I felt better and better,” he said. “These changes happened gradually. The stress was gone. I gained inner peace. It was very helpful to me.”

Nazareno found answers to his questions about life in Zhuan Falun, the main book of Falun Gong. “I came to better understandings of things such as karma. I now have fewer concerns,” he said.

He also recognized the mistakes he made when he was young. “Now, I know why it was wrong to do those things. You must pay for what you did.”

His family and friends also sensed the changes in him. “After cultivating for a year, my thoughts and values changed. I didn’t get angry easily, and my father saw this.”

His father often buys lottery tickets. He once asked Nazareno, “Don’t you want to win the lottery?” Nazareno answered, “No, I work for money. It is not a good thing if you get money from a lottery without any effort.”

“My values and viewpoints have changed,” Nazareno said.

Cultivation has also positively impacted his work.

“Now that I am more relaxed I can focus better on the work. My job can be very stressful but now I try to be more patient and help other people first,” he said.

Nazareno told his colleagues about the persecution and asked them to sign a petition to protest it.

“They have all learned the truth about Falun Gong and support its peaceful protests. Falun Gong teaches Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. The persecution has been going on for more than two decades. People should recognize the evilness of the Chinese Communist Party and condemn the persecution that causes the deaths of innocent people,” he said.

Nazareno wished Master Li a happy birthday and said sincerely, “Thank you, Master, for the teachings.”

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