PureInsight | August 23, 2010
[PureInsight.org] When attending school in China, I used to be interested in competitions in singing, giving speeches, etc. I even tried the Math Olympics—an area that is not my strength—and had no success at all. Some of my teachers even got annoyed at these many ambitions of mine. When there were art performances, the school officials discussed who would be the host. Because of that, I had a big fight with my best friend. With our friendship dissolved, we became strangers, and even enemies.
I used to be self-centered and fought hard for what I wanted, considering that as the goal and meaning of life. The pressure to show off in all circumstances made me exhausted both physically and mentally.
After beginning to practice Falun Dafa, I learned to give things up and stopped seeking things that didn’t belong to me. Although the process of giving up has been painful—even agonizing to the bone, I still walked through it. This is because the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance helped to awaken me from the bottom of my heart. The compassion of the Buddha Fa is very powerful and it helped me to gradually let go of the attachment of showing off. I became a person who is healthy both physically and mentally, and a person not longer tormented by emotions.
I still attended various activities to give speeches. Instead of feeling pressure, I began to enjoy them since I was able to pass on good wishes to other people and share with them the wonderfulness of Dafa. I enjoyed the process and worked hard on writing articles. With no pursuit for personal interest and my wisdom no longer restricted, I found myself having more and more talents.
Later, I had less and less attachment to showing off. Surprisingly, my school work was not affected by this at all, either. My article writing and speeches also went very well, with more and more wisdom coming out.
The Buddha Fa can bring people wonderfulness, which is something beyond the things in everyday society. With no attachment to showing off, I was more immersed in the Buddha Fa. The compassion, wisdom, and wonderfulness of Dafa will naturally be revealed. This is something one cannot obtain through struggles and fighting. Isn't this a better way? While working and cultivating in the ordinary society we are gaining more wisdom and talents—isn't this the best scenario?
With no attachment to showing off, criticizing, or complaining, we are keeping a higher standard for our minds. In the face of sudden conflicts and harsh words, we are able to make it through due to our broadened hearts. This is the wonderfulness brought to me by my cultivation in Dafa.
Translated from: http://www.zhengjian.org/zj/articles/2010/7/31/67641.html