May 13 this year marks the 22nd World Falun Dafa Day as well as the 29th anniversary of Falun Dafa’s introduction to the public. It is also the 70th birthday of Mr. Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa.
Thousands of miles away, a family in Umeå, a Swedish city north of Stockholm, sent in their greetings to Master Li, thanking him for the happiness they have received from practicing Falun Dafa and wishing him a happy birthday.
Wife: Better Relationships with Others
|Jörgen and Eva, husband and wife, along with their three children, have all benefited from Falun Dafa.|
Eva has a Master's degree in biology and works as a news reporter. She and her husband Jörgen have three children. The family of five lives harmoniously, and Eva attributed their happiness to Falun Dafa.
She used to have a strong ego and a selfish character. After becoming a Falun Dafa practitioner in 2006, Eva always reminded herself to live by its principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. “Instead of covering up my shortcomings, I learned to look within and see where I could have done better,” she explained. “This helped me a lot and I realized lots of problems were caused by the selfishness and attachment to myself.”
|Eva does the second set of Falun Dafa exercises in the morning.|
This way, Eva stopped complaining and instead tried to remain compassionate and tolerant. Sometimes she could achieve it and sometimes she could not. “But I know what is right and will do my best to align myself with Dafa's requirements for practitioners,” she said. Gradually her character improved and the pressure surrounding her was reduced. She could get along better with others, including family members. “That is why I am always so grateful to Master for everything,” she said.
Husband: Healthy and Energetic
Jörgen has a Ph.D. in environmental studies and is a high school teacher. As a materialist, he was stubborn with his own ideas and easily dismissed things that cannot be explained by science. Nonetheless, he was pessimistic about life and often got tired. As a result, he needed a nap during his lunch break every day and had heart problems. His doctor could not find the problem and recommended an antidepressant medication, but Jörgen refused to take it.
After he and Eva got married in 2006, they often discussed life and self-improvement. Noticing the changes in Eva, Jörgen became curious and also began to read Zhuan Falun, the main teachings of Falun Dafa. Impressed by the profound principles of returning to one’s origin, he decided to practice as well.
After taking up Falun Dafa in 2008, Jörgen regained his health in a short time and was full of energy every day. In addition, his temper improved and his children found him more patient.
Daughter: Insomnia Disappeared
In addition to following the Falun Dafa teachings to be good people themselves, the couple also talked about the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance with their children. They often highlighted the importance of virtue, and the children also do the Dafa exercises based on their schedule. The effects have been remarkable.
Malva, the oldest child, was bothered by insomnia since the age of 10. The couple tried various solutions, but none of them helped. “One summer evening, Malva came and joined our Dafa exercises. Jörgen and I shortened the time a little so that it could work out for her,” Eva recalled. “A miracle happened. Malva fell asleep soon after that. We knew it was because of the exercise with us. So everyone was very happy.”
From then on, Malva always meditated before going to bed. The music was beautiful and it was easy for Malva to calm down, explained Eva. She almost never had insomnia again. With enough sleep, her emotions have also become more stable and her temper has improved a lot.
Besides Malva, Eva said her two boys have also benefited from Dafa. Sometimes they had stomachaches or headaches. After joining their parents in the exercises, the boys no longer suffered from health problems. As a wife and a mother, Eva said she is grateful to Master Li for all that Falun Dafa has brought to her family. “Thank you, Master Li!” she said.
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