Young Practitioner: Cultivating Myself Well and Helping Master in Fa Rectification
(Minghui.org) I am a 15-year-old Falun Dafa practitioner living outside of China. I would like to share some of my cultivation experiences.
Improving Myself During Group Fa Study
When reading the Fa, I try to sit in the full lotus position. In the past, I would change the position of my legs when they began to hurt.
After I joined the group Fa study, I kept my legs in the full lotus position throughout the reading, even when they felt uncomfortable. I found that I was more focused this way.
I came to understand that only when I am serious and truly respect Master and the Fa will Master let me see the inner meaning of the teachings. When my legs hurt, I knew that karma was being eliminated.
"He can suffer and endure physical as well as mental hardships." (Zhuan Falun)
During group study, I would sometimes lose focus and let my mind wander. I knew it was not a good state of mind, but I did not focus on the problem until I read Master's words:
"When some people read Zhuan Falun they are not concentrating, but rather, thinking about other things, and not able to focus their attention on cultivation. It thus amounts to wasting time. And not just wasting time—instead of it being the time when they are to be elevating, they are using their minds to think over issues and things that they shouldn’t concern themselves with, and thus, not only aren’t they elevating, but on the contrary, they are often dropping in level. If you don’t study the Fa well, there are many things you will not be able to do well." ("Dafa Disciples Must Study the Fa")
I felt Master was speaking directly to me. I was not really studying the Fa when I didn't do it wholeheartedly.
Nowadays, if I lose focus or feel tired, I immediately send righteous thoughts. I came to understand the importance of sending righteous thoughts. If I do it well, nothing can disturb my Fa study.
Memorizing the Fa
During one period of time, I was very busy with Dafa projects and slacked off in the amount of time I spent studying the Fa. Thus, when I was reading, I was sometimes thinking about other things. Eventually, I became anxious, lost my temper easily, and often blamed others when problems arose.
"I've been saying all along—I said that in cultivation, you wouldn't be cultivating if you left Dafa." ("Fa Teaching at the 2016 New York Fa Conference")
I have been memorizing the Fa since the end of last year, which has increased my understanding of how to measure myself against the standard of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
In the past, when my parents asked me to do something, I always thought about myself first. I have since learned to think of others first.
Now, besides memorizing the Fa every day, I also read Master's new lectures every evening. I found that studying the Fa is the happiest time for me!
Cultivating Well and Saving People
After studying Master's 2016 lecture in New York, I understood that, as Dafa practitioners, we have tremendous responsibilities.
I decided to go to a tourist site to clarify the truth about the persecution in China. Master saw my heart and immediately arranged many opportunities for me. In fact, Master has prepared everything for us. All we need is our heart!
After summer, the number of tourists significantly declined, and fewer people accepted our informational flyers. I felt disappointed and found it was difficult to reach people. I did not know how to change the situation.
When I studied the Fa, I read,
"If you have strong righteous thoughts, Gods will help you. If your thoughts are not righteous, you won’t accomplish anything." ("Fa Teaching at the 2016 New York Fa Conference")
I understood that I needed to have stronger righteous thoughts. Only when I cultivate myself well can I help save people more effectively.
Finally, I would like to conclude my sharing with Master's Fa:
"You cannot leave the Fa; if you leave the Fa, you will be an ordinary person. Even if you do things for Dafa, it would be ordinary people doing them, not Dafa disciples doing them, so you must cultivate. Only by cultivating will you have this ability and energy to solve those problems." ("Fa Teaching at the 2016 New York Fa Conference")