Its been proved that physical and mental health is directly correlated to the positive improvement of one’s mind and body. People are discovering that meditation is the quickest and easiest way to relieve stress and enhance life. Besides, it’s such a primal and satisfying feeling just sitting next to a river or by the ocean in a crossed-legged position with eyes closed and just being still and yet aware at the same time.
People in the East have been meditating for eons. Authentic disciplines aim to spiritually uplift a person and are therefore based on ancient Eastern Traditional pearls of wisdom.
The ancient Indians used to go into the mountains and meditate. They would meditate until they reached a realm of pure compassion. Taoists in China used to go to the forests and practice certain techniques. The purpose was to unlock inborn supernormal powers of the body and of course to become enlightened through the cultivation of Truth. That means being able to understand all the mysteries of the universe’s qualities. The Taoist would eventually understand the Truth of the universe at his or her level of understanding and once he succeeded he would know the secrets of immortality.
Traditional Martial arts is also directly related to these ancient disciplines.
Today we sill have some excellent meditation practices that are suited to our modern lifestyles. One such practice is called Falun Gong. it’s a traditional practice from China and is quite powerful. It’s great for some people who like to practice at home or with other like-minded people in a park on the weekends etc. It’s suitable for all ages and is completely free. There are 5 sets of easy stretching exercises and meditation. We all like to learn something and Falun Gong is a wonderful teaching. Its really about improving oneself to become a kinder and even kinder person. The exercises are gentle one may practice them at one’s own pace.
There are many examples of how Falun Gong has helped to improve health while providing a guideline to how one to harmonize relationships in all spheres of life.
Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa), is now practiced worldwide after being made public for people to practice free of charge by Mr. Li Hongzhi in China in 1992.
It’s well known that meditation develops not only sensory awareness but self-awareness, i.e. one’s thoughts, which has allowed for many practitioners of meditation to overcome fears, and addictions to smoking, drug abuse, and so on.
The combination of mind and body cultivation helps to maintain a state of continuous well-being while enabling one to overcome difficult situations through constructive actions.
Meditation has a calming effect, which can reduce stress and anxiety, re-attuning one to nature. For kids, it’s a great way to aid in sound development and is a healthy habit that can be carried forth through to adulthood.
The little girl pictured here is Fadu. Her mother, Jane Dai, practices Falun Gong but the family was torn apart when Jane’s husband died in a Chinese prison for practicing Falun Gong after the CCP tried to eradicate the practice in 1999.
The meditation position with both legs crossed is called the full lotus, resembling the lotus flower.
Children’s bodies are flexible, and young boys and girls can usually easily sit in the full lotus position. The benefits of the lotus position is that it has a grounding and calming effect on the mind, in particular emotions, and body.
Sadly, certain individuals in China’s ruling elite perceived Falun Gong’s meteoric growth a threat to the Chinese regime’s autocratic rule and mobilized all levels of the Communist Party, the police, and national media to persecute and vilify the popular practice, which was estimated to have 100 million practitioners by 1999.
China’s appalling human rights record is no secret, but the persecution of Falun Gong—involving live organ harvesting—is horrific.
When Fadu’s father was murdered, Jane escaped with their daughter and found refuge in Australia.
After coming to terms with their horrific loss, Jane reflected on how the lotus flower rises out of the mud and blossoms beautifully above the water’s surface—untainted and pristine.
That’s when Jane established Petals of Peace, a project that aims to raise awareness about little Fadu’s story, and about the persecution that millions of Falun Gong practitioners are still subject to in China today.
Both Jane and Fadu traveled to over 40 countries, even as far afield as South Africa, to tell the tragic story to NGOs, governments, and community groups.
Petals of Peace is for all ages and is popular among children, who learn how to make origami lotus flowers “as a gesture of peace and friendship to children less fortunate.”
The project, run by volunteers worldwide, holds workshops in schools, festivals, and community events.
The initiative is still growing and blossoming. For more information on Petals of Peace, or to invite this free community initiative to your area, click here.
To find a Falun Dafa practice site near you, click this link for a list of local contacts. All Falun Dafa activities are free of charge.