Saturday, August 11, 2018

How I overcame chronic illness and miscarriage and found path to hope and confidence in life


My friend could not believe what she saw.
It was the summer of 2005. In less than four months, I had lost 12 pounds from what was already an underweight frame. I was so thin that I had stopped menstruating. I walked very slowly as I approached my friend, because I was very weak.
The dramatic weight loss was the result of following a strict diet that a chiropractor had prescribed after seeing that I was not able to digest fat and carbohydrates well.
That treatment was just one among numerous treatments I had sought out at the time, hoping to improve my health so that I could have a viable pregnancy.
Two years earlier, I had experienced a painful miscarriage that left my husband and me questioning whether we could even have children. I had been suffering from multiple health problems for several years and this pregnancy had finally given us some hope. But it was not meant to be.
With all of the sadness and frustration a tragedy like that brings, I looked for help from every source I could think of to restore my health and get pregnant again. I really wanted to be a mom.
I visited various doctors and other health care professionals and tried many alternative therapies, but none of them worked very well.
“Two years earlier I had experienced a painful miscarriage.”
As my health continued to decline on what amounted to a starvation diet with the chiropractor, my mood deteriorated and my dreams for children and good health appeared elusive.
The good news is that I managed to reclaim my health in that same year, owing to having run into my old friend that day.
When she saw me and my frail body, she teared up, as I reminded her of another of her friends who had eventually succumbed to cancer. We spent a few minutes catching up. After that chance meeting, I realized how ridiculous I had been, chasing after health and fulfillment and, in the process, putting my health at significant risk. I was doing just the opposite of what I had intended!
I was also reminded of a path I had been on shortly before my miscarriage, one that would have allowed me to genuinely care for myself had I not been so caught up in curing my health problems and getting a quick fix to have a happy life.
My health and well-being gradually improved after I rediscovered that path, and I have gotten steadily better ever since. I share my story here so that you can better understand my situation and how a traditional practice for improving one’s character helped me get back on my feet and has helped many other people as well.

Multiple Health Issues Since Childhood

The author (middle) with her older brother and sister when she was 3 years old, in 1972.
I had suffered from numerous physical problems since I was a child.
When I was 3 and a half, I came down with pneumonia and coughed so much that I pulled a muscle in my back. I remember getting sharp pains in my chest if I lay down too quickly on my back.
I would always try to lie down on my side first so I would not feel the pain. I remember saying to my mother when I was about 8 or 9, “Mom, I feel as if I’ve been shot.” She would look at me curiously and chuckle awkwardly.
No one at the time knew what to make of it. It was not until many years later that a doctor told me this was probably trapped gas. Looking back, I realize that I could never take in a full breath, which over time contributed to so many medical issues, such as fatigue and digestive problems.
At age 10, I was involved in a bike accident that resulted in temporary blindness and various cognitive problems.
The author at a birthday party with her mother, at age 10 in 1979.
Before the accident, I had been a very good speller and reader and was able to get good grades without putting in much effort. But after that incident, I went from getting straight A’s without having to work very hard to getting B’s and C’s and struggling. I had notable problems with concentration and memory.
This triggered in me a strong outbreak of resentment and jealousy of those who were not struggling as I was. Anytime one of my family members or peers did well at something and received praise and recognition, I would instantly be full of hate, feeling that I was falling behind everyone else. I felt completely trapped and hopeless.
The author (middle) at her high school graduation with her mother (left) and her older sisters, at age 18 in 1987.
When I was 21, I started suffering from severe headaches. Two years later, a neurologist discovered that I was born with a congenital brain condition and had two large cysts at the back of my brain. I had surgery to remove what they could of the cysts just before I turned 25.
My symptoms did not subside, however, but worsened. I not only was having constant headaches, digestive difficulties, and fatigue, but was also experiencing gynecological symptoms, thyroid issues, and diabetic symptoms.

Becoming a Psychologist

Despite my health issues, I made my best effort to pursue my career goal of becoming a psychologist.
Psychology seemed to be a natural career choice for me. As the youngest of three children, I often felt I did not have a voice, or at least a voice with as much strength and intelligence as that of my siblings. This experience of inferiority worsened with my father’s remarriage, which resulted in three more children, also all older than me, coming into our home.
Feeling unseen and unheard, I became very shy and quiet. I spent a lot of time observing others and longed for someone I could talk with who would not judge me but rather help me feel supported and encouraged.
I wanted to be that someone who could help others who were struggling, who could help them find their voice and tackle many of the challenges that I myself had to deal with in my own life.
The author obtained her doctoral degree in psychology in 2001, at age 32.
At college, I completed a combined undergraduate degree program in psychology and art studies, and upon graduation did various forms of counselling before accepting a position as a psychiatric technician at a local hospital in Philadelphia working with the elderly.
After two years in this position, I went to graduate school to obtain a doctorate degree in psychology. I finished in 2001, at age 32, and became a clinical psychologist.

Searching for Healing

Since many of the conventional medical treatments did not help me, during graduate school I tried a host of alternative therapies, including chiropractic, bio cranial therapy, nutrition therapy, acupuncture, craniosacral therapy and neurocranial restructuring. They seemed to help, but the effects were short-lived.
The author suffered from numerous health problems and tried many different treatments in hopes of finding relief.
When I returned to Philadelphia to complete my postdoctoral internship, I was introduced to a traditional Chinese spiritual practice for the mind and body called Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong. It would later change my life completely, but not until I started to truly understand its principles and realize that I would gain nothing by looking outside of myself to solve my problems.

Character Improvement Vs. Pursuit of Health

The person who introduced me to Falun Dafa, a resident in the Psychiatry program, told me that many people had experienced significant improvements in their health after taking up the practice, so I was immediately interested and wanted to know more.
I learned that Falun Dafa consists of moral teachings based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance, which are explained in the primary text of the cultivation system Zhuan Falun, as well as gentle exercises that include four standing exercises and a sitting meditation.
The English version of Zhuan Falun (left), the main book of teachings of Falun Dafa, which has been translated into over 40 languages from its original version in Chinese (right).
Even though it is a spiritual path, Falun Dafa has no religious formalities like most religions in the Western world. Instead, in traditional Chinese terminology it is called a “cultivation practice,” which refers to the cultivation, or improvement, of one’s moral character on the path to spiritual enlightenment.
My fellow resident taught me the exercises and I was eager to learn. But my main motivation for starting the practice was to use it to cure my illnesses. I did not have a clear understanding of the principles, which emphasize improving one’s character by assimilating to truthfulness, compassion and tolerance. As a result, my health never improved.

Finding My Way Back

The author and her husband, John, were married in 2002.
I married in 2002 and a year later suffered the miscarriage I described earlier. In my depression and desperate wish to have a baby, I shifted my focus back to alternative health treatments and stopped practicing Falun Dafa altogether.
When I ran into that old friend that day I was so weak and feeble, I was reminded of the teachings of Falun Dafa and suddenly realized it was time for me to find my way back and truly become a genuine follower of this cultivation practice.
I let go of my desperation for relief and just did my best to abide by Falun Dafa’s principles of being a good person.
Every day I read Zhuan Falun and did the full two hours of the Falun Dafa exercises. I stopped taking the supplements the chiropractor had prescribed, which had not helped me anyway, and started eating whatever I wanted.
The author doing one of the Falun Dafa exercises.
I had two more sessions with the chiropractor. At the first session, he noticed my improvements right away and said I was becoming stronger and looked healthier. He exclaimed with great pride and enthusiasm, “The treatment is finally working!” At the second session, he remarked that he was amazed at my progress. It was then that I told him my recovery was due to practicing Falun Dafa and that I had in fact stopped taking the supplements and adhering to the strict diet.

Reclaiming My Health, Purifying My Heart

Many of my symptoms reduced dramatically after I started practicing Falun Dafa again, and I was able to manage them much better. I even gained some weight! Although I did not experience a full recovery, my overall health improved gradually and became more and more stable.
In particular, as my resentment and jealousy decreased, my physical symptoms improved. Falun Dafa was instrumental in helping me change my mindset and adjust my approach to taking care of my health.
I understand now that the way to better health and peace of mind comes from purifying one’s heart and mind, not looking outside for the answers. I know that by striving to uplift my own moral character, correct my thoughts, and be mindful of how I treat others, I will be able to eventually return to my true nature and reclaim my true self, which is truthful, compassionate and tolerant.
How could I have expected to feel well when I was so full of anger and resentment? I’ve learned to understand that our thoughts have a tremendous power to impact our motivation, our health, and our happiness. Falun Dafa’s principles taught me how to truly rise above all of the toxic thoughts and feelings that were sickening my physical body and weakening my spirit.

Helping Myself, Helping Others

I have been practicing Falun Dafa diligently for more than 15 years now, and I can say that it has truly changed my life for the better.
The author (left) and a friend enjoying the Asian American Heritage Month celebration in Philadelphia.
I run a private practice in Philadelphia, where I treat children and adults with a variety of conditions, including depression, anxiety, trauma and adjustment disorders. In my patients, I see many of the same emotional trials and tribulations that used to keep me from living the life I wanted to live.
As Falun Dafa continues to brighten my life, it is helping me help others as a psychologist as well.
I encourage you to believe in yourself and trust that at the center of your being you have the answer, no matter what issue or difficulty you might be facing in your life. I also hope that you will have an opportunity to learn more about Falun Dafa and experience its benefits for yourself.
Jessica Russo is a clinical psychologist living in Philadelphia.
Editor’s Note:
Falun Dafa is a cultivation practice of mind and body that teaches truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance as a way to improve health and moral character and attain spiritual wisdom.
For more information about the practice, visit www.falundafa.org. All books, exercise music, resources, and instructions are available free of charge.

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从影视明星到电视主播 “三阿哥”笑谈透亮人生

【大纪元2018年05月11日讯】他是知名的电视主播,也是优秀的影视演员。从新疆到北京,从爱尔兰到纽约,他一路求索,体会戏梦人生。
姜光宇出生在新疆,毕业于中央戏剧学院。1997年,他在电视剧《雍正王朝》里饰演三阿哥,获得好评,名气渐响。可是,出名并未让他快乐。他觉得精神上缺了什么。
1998年,他遇到了法轮功。他捧起了《转法轮》,读完后如醍醐灌顶。他说:“原本就像在黑房子里,没有出口,这本书仿佛打开了天窗。”
他放下了对名利的追求,也改掉了不好的习惯,更加体谅他人。他觉得,这样活着透亮。炼功后,以前的鼻炎,还有胃病都好了。
1999年4月25日,姜光宇参与了万人大上访,见证了修炼者的和平理性。1999年7月20日,中共开始镇压法轮功。姜光宇依然坚持修炼,他说:“人应该按照真善忍活着。”他曾走上天安门广场,维护大法的威严。
2000年,他离开故土,到爱尔兰求学,后来加入新唐人电视台。他继续发挥表演才华,出演了不少感人的作品。
走过艰辛,在镜头内外,姜光宇笑声朗朗。他说:“金钱和快乐没有关系,坚持信仰令我看到希望。”
撰稿:萧律生,改写:田云,视频制作:智远,配音:金然,责任编辑:李沐恩
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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Police officers elsewhere do this meditation exercise, but their colleagues in China suppress it

Many police officers in Mexico, Canada, and India practice Falun Gong, a peaceful qigong, and Chinese police have been forced to arrest its practitioners in China under a persecution launched in 1999.
On Aug. 20, the Mexican federal police organized an event in support of the health movement among community groups. Falun Gong practitioners were invited to participate in this activity at Alameda Central Park, Cuernavaca, according to Minghui News.
Falun Gong, or Falun Dafa, is a qigong practice consisting of five exercises, and teachings of the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. Many people worldwide said that this practice had brought them good health and peace of mind.
“Falun Dafa is practiced and cherished by millions of people in more than 114 countries and has received more than 3,000 awards,” reported the New York Senate in its Resolution 1432 on the occasion of World Falun Dafa Day.
However, Falun Gong practitioners in China have been subjected to persecution, torture, forced labor, and are even killed for organ harvesting, according to investigators. This bloody crackdown comes from the jealousy of the former Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Jiang Zemin towards the practice, for its practitioners outnumbered the CCP’s members back in 1999.
Mexican practitioners published information about the persecution, and instructed attendees and police officers to practice Falun Gong at the event in Cuernavaca.
Mexican practitioners demonstrate Falun Gong exercises at the Cuernavaca Event on Aug. 20, 1977 | Photo: Minghui
A Mexican Falun Gong practitioner guides police officers to practice Falun Gong | Photo: Minghui
Juan Carlos Reyes, a member of the event organizers and commander of a police team, also learned Falun Gong with his colleagues.
Police officer Juan Carlos Reyes practices Falun Gong on Aug. 20, 2017 | Photo: Minghui
“Falun Gong is being persecuted in China. We are all by your side. We will invite you to participate in events held in other cities,” said Mr. Reyes to Mexican practitioners.
Police officer Juan Carlos Reyes and Falun Gong practitioners in Mexico | Photo: Minghui
Many participants also signed the petition, urging the Chinese government to stop the persecution of Falun Gong.
“Others teach people how to defend themselves. But you guys do not. Falun Gong teaches people how to be good people,” said a man after signing the petition.
Mexican citizens sign the petition to urge the Chinese government to end the persecution against Falun Gong | Photo: Minghui
The event in Cuernavaca was not the first one that Mexican police joined to learn Falun Gong. More than 600 police officers in the capital of Mexico attended a Falun Gong class between 18 and 22 July 2016 to gain “patience and a calm mind throughout the day.”
Hundreds of Mexican police officers practice Falun Gong | Photo: Samuel Alvarado Benítez / Epoch Times
Their colleagues in other countries, such as India and Canada, also practice this free qigong.
More than 1,000 students at the Police University in Delhi, India, practice Falun Gong | Photo: Minghui
One of them is Mark Tickner, a Canadian police officer.
Mark Tickner, Canadian police officer, doing Falun Dafa’s meditation exercise | Courtesy Mark Tickner
He said that his wife and two children also practice Falun Gong.
Mr. Tickner, his wife, Xiao, and two children at a World Falun Dafa Day event held outside the Vancouver Art Museum on May 4, 2014 | Courtesy Mark Tickner
His family can freely practice Falun Gong because the leaders and people in the country appreciate the practice.
“In Canada, we have the privilege to fully enjoy the values of a society based on openness and freedom; we recognize the significance of Falun Dafa principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance,” Canadian MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith wrote in his letter to the Toronto Falun Dafa Association on the occasion of World Falun Dafa Day 2017.
Chinese police beat up Falun Gong practitioners on Tiananmen Square in Beijing | Photo: Minghui
This fact is far different from China, his wife’s homeland, where police arrest people just because they follow a qigong practice based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance.

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抗压有“秘方”这些国家的警察告诉你

【大纪元2018年03月19日讯】警察这个职业,工作压力大又危险。许多国家的警察找到了共同的抗压秘方——一种来自中国的功法。
马克‧提克纳(Mark Tickner)是一名加拿大警官。高强度的工作令他身体疲惫、情绪不稳。2013年6月的一天,马克忽然想到,妻子曾向他介绍法轮功。于是,他开始阅读《转法轮》并学炼功法。
炼功后不久,马克发现,身体有了变化。他说:“跑完马拉松后,体力恢复得很快,以前的疲劳感没有了。”马克坚定修炼,因为这本书可以净化心灵。

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在南美洲,也有警察法轮功。2016年,在墨西哥市,一位警察专员得知,法轮功有益身心。他邀请法轮功学员向负责学校安全的600多名警察教授功法。学功后警察热烈鼓掌。亚德里安‧葛尔克法说,“感觉身体变轻了。”
2017年8月20日,墨西哥莫雷洛斯州联邦警察宪兵团请法轮功学员参加活动,介绍情况和演示功法。指挥官朱安‧卡洛斯‧雷伊斯现场学功并表示支持。
在秘鲁首都利马,早在2004年3、4月,廉正公署总部组织100名警官学炼法轮功。教功的法轮功学员获得表彰证书。
在亚洲情况如何呢?2009年4月13日,印度德里警察训练大学,上千名学生学炼法轮功。海德拉巴市安得拉特警,有极高的声誉。2013年,法轮功学员受邀向上百名年轻特警教功。
台湾资深警官吴世泽过去皮肤病变,肝脏也有问题。2000年他开始学炼法轮功后,脸色变红润,重获健康。
张永祥警官在工作中了解到,法轮功很好。他主动购买书籍学炼。他学法炼功后,戒烟戒酒,腰酸背痛也消失了。
然而在中国大陆,在法轮功的发源地,法轮功受迫害长达19年。法轮功学员努力做好人,却历经巨大磨难。
崔会芳是黑龙江佳木斯劳教所退休警察,她修炼法轮功后,不再说脏话、打犯人,各种病症都消失了。可是2015年2月12日,崔会芳被抓捕判刑,只因她信仰法轮功。
徐浪舟是四川攀枝花市的一名优秀警察,2012年被迫害致死。
法轮功教人向善,是正法正道。2015年5月15日,法轮功学员在纽约游行,受到民众的热烈欢迎。世界需要“真、善、忍”。
编写:田云,视频制作:智远,责任编辑:李沐恩
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