(Minghui) Following the Chinese New Year, I had the feeling that I had been slacking off in my cultivation.

I began to look for a job in the city where I wanted to relocate. My job search did not go well, so I had to postpone my move. I could subsequently not focus when I studied the Fa as a result.

I looked within and found that I had an attachment to time. According to the predictions and prophecies, I thought our cultivation would soon be over, and I thought it was time for the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) demise. However, that was not the reality, leaving me confused, and at a loss.

Master said,

“You understood this a long time ago--you can’t read the Fa with an attachment to solving your problems. Just read calmly, and the effect is sure to be excellent. So when you study the Fa, don’t just go through the motions. You have to calm your mind when you read it, and truly study it. Don’t let your mind sneak away from you. Once your mind wanders off, you’ll be studying in vain. If we look at it from another angle, when you study the Fa and your mind isn’t on the Fa, it’s not only a problem of just going through the motions, but also that the person studying the Fa is actually not being very respectful of the Fa. How could the Fa reveal itself, then? So from this angle, I think that you have to calm your mind when you study the Fa, and remember to keep your mind steady during Fa-study when you’re busy.” (“Fa-Lecture at the Conference in Florida, U.S.A.,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. II)

When I studied the Fa I could not stay focused. I treated Fa study as a formality, and it had been a while since I had enlightened to any Fa principles.

After I realized this I enlightened to some principles regarding other dimensions. I was still having some difficulty staying focused when reading, but I then suddenly enlighten to a principle. I then went back over what I had just read and understood more principles. The experience taught me that it is important to focus when studying the Fa.

When I looked within further I realized that I was wasting too much time on social media. At first I did not give it any thought, but I soon realized that my attachment to social media was stronger than I realized. When I gave it up my focus improved.

This is a critical time, and it is vital that we walk our paths steadily. This means we must calm down and study the Fa well. We must also have righteous thoughts.

I am still undecided about plans to relocate. However, I believe I am improving, and no longer feel that I am slacking off as much. No matter how long the Fa-rectification period will be, it is created by Master for our cultivation and for saving people. We should walk this path of cultivation well and diligently progress to its end.

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