Practitioners Share Insights at the 2016 Swedish Falun Dafa Conference
(Minghui.org) The 2016 Swedish Falun Dafa Experience-Sharing Conference was held in Stockholm on October 1, 2016. Seventeen practitioners presented speeches on their cultivation journeys at the conference.
Inner Peace and Harmony
One of the conference speakers, Gulli, who was born in Iran, began to practice Falun Dafa in Sweden in 1999. Several years ago, she moved to another country to start her own business. But the intense pressure caused health issues and she was barely able to walk upon returning to Sweden. “I had headaches and leg pain, and it was so severe that I could not sleep at night. It was as if I was paralyzed,” she recalled.
Realizing this was a wake-up call to improve in her cultivation, Gulli quieted her mind, looked inside, and found many attachments. From then on, she began spending more time studying Falun Dafa books and doing the exercises. She also persisted in going to tourist sites to tell people about the persecution of Falun Dafa in China. In addition, when running into conflicts with other practitioners, she began to focus on their strengths, instead of being critical, and maintain a positive attitude.
As she continued to improve, she forgot about her problems, and began to live in inner peace and harmony every day. “My health became perfect and I can walk several hours straight without feeling tired. My family members are very happy to see this and they support Falun Dafa,” she said.
Senior electric engineer Mr. Wang shared in his report how he had applied the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance at his workplace. “There were many situations in which my coworkers and I had conflicts. I often remind myself to let go of the pursuit of fame and material interest.”
These efforts brought positive changes in his work environment. Both Mr. Wang's boss and coworkers trusted him and the entire team collaborated well. Later his group had a major breakthrough and their research was published in a top journal. Many of his colleagues learned about Falun Dafa through him.
Nicolas is a lawyer from Malmö and he began to practice Falun Dafa in 2011. He learned the exercises in a park, then purchased a copy of Zhuan Falun. “I consider myself a lucky person to have found this practice,” he said.
“Sometimes I feel frustrated with myself because I fail to let go of attachments in the face of a test,” said Nicolas, “but once I finally pass the test and improve, I feel such a deep peace and joy.”
Nicolas has had a lot of pain during the sitting meditation, but has managed to increase the time in lotus position to 30 minutes. “I learned that as a Falun Dafa practitioner, I can overcome the difficulty,” he said.
Letting Go of Human Notions
Ilias from Linköping is an entrepreneur. Earlier this year, he went back to his hometown in Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece. There he worked with other practitioners, holding events to tell people about Falun Dafa as well as the persecution in China.
“I often feel that Master is by my side to help me,” said Ilias in his experience-sharing report. One time when he applied for an event permit, it was not approved until the day before the activity. “Our compassion and sincerity moved the officials,” he said.
Back on Track
Mr. Li, a young practitioner shared about his struggle with his attachment to computers and video games.
Early in his childhood, he did not like computers. But eventually, he spent more time on them and became an expert in software, hardware, and video games. “Later I worked on some projects that help tell overseas Chinese the facts about the persecution.” However, spending long hours in front of the computer made him even more addicted to games.
Master Li's lecture in New York earlier this year made Mr. Li look seriously at his attachment. “Cultivation is indeed very serious. The old forces are watching everyone closely and I cannot do so poorly; otherwise I will have deep regret for letting down Master.” That day, he deleted the games on his cell phone and, after returning home, removed all games from his computer.
Mr. Li said he is grateful to be a Falun Dafa practitioner.