Eliminating Negative Thoughts
(Minghui.org) I began my practice of Falun Dafa in August of 1995. However, I was unable to sit in the full lotus position until 2002. This was related to my negative thoughts.
Before practicing Falun Dafa, my L5 vertebrae and hip bone were fused together, resulting in pseudarthrosis (or a false joint). After beginning cultivation practice, I was unable to even sit in a half lotus position.
I needed to sit on the couch when I went to the group Fa study. Newcomers asked me why I was not sitting in the full lotus. I replied, “I cannot, I have a problem with my legs.” Everyone became used to my excuse and would even tell others for me.
I read from the teachings in Zhuan Falun,
“You can take another X-ray and find that the bone spurs have disappeared. The fundamental reason is that this being was producing an effect.” (Lecture Seven, Zhuan Falun)
I closed the book, but my thought was still, “I cannot; I have a problem with my legs.”
I watched as the other practitioners held the lotus position. I was concerned, so I put in a lot of effort and was able to hold a half lotus position for more than ten minutes.
Eventually, I was able to hold the half lotus position for one hour, but could only do the full lotus for ten minutes.
After the persecution started, I went to Tiananmen Square in 2002 to help in appealing for the right to practice Falun Dafa. I was arrested and taken to prison. I saw other practitioners sending forth righteous thoughts while sitting in the full lotus position. I instinctively thought, “I will do the same.”
I managed to hold the position for one and a half hours! I could hardly believe it.
Sitting in the full lotus position was easy. Why did it take me so long? It was due to my persistent negative thoughts, “I have a problem with my legs, I cannot do it.” It repeatedly strengthened itself, getting stronger and stronger, which then caused me to fail all those years.
How was it that I was able to suddenly hold a full lotus position in 2002? It was because I thought of adhering to the Fa’s requirements for sending forth righteous thoughts instead of sinking into my usual negative mindset.
Essentially, the issue of doing the full lotus position relates to how much faith one has in Master and the Fa. Cultivating diligently without reservations is the absolute truth! When a practitioner is able to get rid of their old notions, one will certainly be able to progress in their cultivation.