Falun Dafa practitioners in Europe held a parade in Warsaw, Poland, on September 9, 2022, to show how wonderful Falun Dafa is and expose the communist regime’s persecution of practitioners in China.
Many practitioners described the amazing changes in their bodies and minds after they started practicing Falun Dafa. New and veteran practitioners truly wanted to participate in this large-scale event to share the beauty of Falun Dafa with people in Warsaw and also to call on people to condemn the communist regime for persecuting practitioners in China.
“The Deeper Meaning of Falun Dafa Attracted Me”
Among the crowd at this big event in Poland was Vincent, who lives in Dijon, France. He recalled what led him to Falun Dafa. He used to practice a type of qigong but did not want to continue after the master of that qigong passed away in 2018. Vincent began to look for a new practice and found information about Falun Dafa on a list in Dijon describing different fitness regimes. The introduction described Falun Dafa as “an ancient Chinese traditional practice.” He decided to try it out.
|Vincent (third from left) from Dijon, France, Aline (second from left) from southern France, and other practitioners from France participated in the parade in Warsaw.|
“During this time, friends had dragged me to practice other exercises, but after I tried them, I always felt that those methods had no deeper meanings. They knew stuff at the surface, but they didn’t know the reasons at a deeper level,” Vincent said. “But I feel that Falun Dafa has broad and profound meanings. The more I study it, the more I love to study it, and the more things I can learn.” He said he never wants to leave this practice and will persevere in cultivating in Falun Dafa.
Vincent once had kidney failure and needed a new kidney. His wife donated one of her kidneys. Practicing Falun Dafa has greatly improved his health. Although he had been participating in the activities in Warsaw for several hours, he looked refreshed—there was no sign that he used to have kidney disease.
“I Found the Cultivation Path I’ve Been Looking for All My Life”
Aline, a French citizen of Vietnamese descent, lives in Lyon, France. A childhood friend had traveled from Paris to Lyon to see her in June 2021 and introduced Falun Dafa to her. Aline said that just a few simple words from her friend had inspired her, and she felt as if she had found what she had been looking for her whole life.
“What Falun Dafa talks about, for example, is finding your true self, cultivating yourself, and purifying yourself. Compared with other methods, what Falun Dafa talks about is just what I want to do,” she said.
She searched the Internet and found practitioners in Lyon. She now reads the books and practices the exercises with other practitioners, and they all share their experiences. She is very happy. She has three sons, two of whom have graduated and are now beginning to learn about Falun Dafa.
Encountering Dafa by Chance and Regretting Not Knowing about It Sooner
Dr. Ha, who is of Vietnamese descent, is from Marseille in southern France. She has a Ph.D. in computer science and mathematics. Six months ago, she opened a video by chance and saw many Vietnamese people practicing Falun Dafa. Out of curiosity, she wanted to know what the book Zhuan Falun was all about. So she opened the link to the book, which is free online. After reading only a few pages, she sighed from the bottom of her heart, “Why have I only found out about this now? This is what I've been looking for—it can make me a better person!”
|Ms. Ha from Marseille in southern France (first on the right)|
“In the past I always thought I was the best person,” she said. “But after I read Zhuan Falun, I realized that was not the case. I could think that I was a good person compared to other people, but I could become a better person, an even better person by practicing Falun Dafa. I can constantly improve my realm. This is really nice.”
She found local practitioners via information provided on the Internet. She practices every day and never slacks off.
“I became more and more patient after I began to practice Falun Dafa,” she said. “But I also feel that what I do is always not good enough. I should work harder and do better.”
Adjusting One’s Mindset Is Key on the Path of Cultivation
Mr. Ma, a 29-year-old from Finland, has been practicing Falun Dafa for 14 years. From not understanding many things when he began to cultivate to actually practicing cultivation, he feels that what has changed the most for him is his mindset. He no longer digs into a bull’s horn when he encounters problems and considers others when conflicts arise. He can quickly let things go and not be bothered by troubles.
He said, “Whenever something bad happens, after I adjust my mindset, things will change for the better, so I think cultivation is very interesting. The more I cultivate, the more I love to cultivate, the more I cultivate, the more at ease I am, and the more peaceful my mind becomes. I’m always happy.”
He feels that he has not encountered any major difficulties on his path of cultivation, but perhaps that is because his mindset has reduced his mental burdens even when tribulations do occur.
These new and veteran practitioners who have truly benefited from practicing Falun Dafa would like to share the benefits of the practice with the world. They hope that more predestined people will have the opportunity to practice Falun Dafa and improve their character and morals.
They want to continue to share the beauty of the practice through large-scale events like this in the hope that everyone in the world can understand the truth about Dafa.
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