(Minghui.org) Once two practitioners and I decided to do the exercises after studying the Fa. I was in pain after sitting in meditation for 20 minutes, and during the last 10 minutes, the pain in my legs was unbearable. When 50 minutes had passed, and seeing how other practitioners were still persisting, I did not want to give up. 

I was never in that much pain, and it did not hurt me as much when I meditated in the morning. “Can I persist for another second? Yes.” This question and the answer were described in an article I read on Minghui.org about a practitioner who experienced brutal persecution in prison. I asked myself the same question over and over again. The pain slowly subsided and became more tolerable. I let out a long breath during the last second and was glad that I persisted. 

I met another practitioner while clarifying the truth one time. She shared about how she would wake up at 2 a.m. to practice the exercises and meditate for two hours. I thought this was an enlightenment for me to meditate for two hours as well and said: “Okay, I will try to meditate for two hours tomorrow.”

I was doubtful in the beginning and was not sure if I would be able to meditate for two hours. Holding doubt in my mind, I started doing the meditation exercises. The pain was unbearable when reaching the last 45 minutes of the meditation. When there were about 20 minutes remaining, I felt that I was at my breaking point. 

I started to feel ashamed when comparing myself to other practitioners. I thought about how yoga masters were able to sit in water or be buried in the earth for many days and it was not even 2 hours yet for me. I thought that I wanted to also sit in the water. 

Master said: “In India, there are many yoga masters who can sit in water or be buried in the earth for many days.” (Lecture Nine, Zhuan Falun)

Almost instantly, my pain was gone and I did not feel as hot anymore. I felt cool and it was almost like I was submerged in the water. Even when the music ended, I still wanted to meditate for two or three more hours. I’ve truly experienced the miracles of cultivation. 

That afternoon, after our group Fa-study, practitioners were sharing about how they felt a strong energy field when practicing the exercises last time. They wanted to practice the exercises again like last time. I was determined to meditate again after meditating for two hours in the morning and meditating during group Fa-study. 

My legs started to hurt a lot after the first 20 minutes and I was thinking about how to make a breakthrough this time. When I opened my eyes, I saw how the other practitioner was frowning and tolerating the pain in her legs.

Master said, “Maintain a serene expression on the face.” (Chapter II Illustrations and Explanations of the Exercise Movements, The Great Way of Spiritual Perfection)

So why isn’t the practitioner maintaining a serene expression? I thought I could do it and began to smile. 

When I was filled with smiles, something unexpected happened. All my pain and discomfort slowly went away, which really surprised me. I was very touched by Budhha’s infinite grace and was moved to tears. I did not want to put my legs down. 

I’d often benefit from reading the articles on Minghui. I wanted to share my experiences to benefit others today. This is what I’ve enlightened to at my level of understanding and hope that we’ll improve together.

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