The whole world has been keeping a close watch on the Chinese Communist Party’s every move since the outbreak of the CCP virus, which has infected 3 million people and claimed more than 200,000 lives to date. However, at this time of the year, some 100 million people around the world are also remembering a far more positive global phenomenon that unfolded in China nearly three decades ago.
Twenty-eight years ago, China witnessed improvement in the public health status after the meditation practice of Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) was introduced to the masses. Tens of millions were practicing Falun Dafa’s five gentle moving exercises in the parks every day and had made its teachings of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance an integral part of their lives.
Mr. Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa, introduced the practice to the public on May 13, 1992, in his native city of Changchun, northeast China. Owing to the much-acclaimed health benefits of this ancient meditation system, over 70 million people were practicing Falun Dafa in China by early 1999.
Today, this peaceful practice has spread by word of mouth to more than 100 countries and regions around the world and is practiced by over 100 million people.
Millions of people who practice this traditional Chinese spiritual discipline come from all walks of life, possibly all professions, all economic and education status, and all ages. Falun Dafa’s profound healing power—both spiritual and physical—has helped these people become better individuals and citizens, enabling them to serve their communities more effectively.
Practitioners say that the teachings of Falun Dafa can aid in mental well-being by making one calmer, directing one to exercise self-restraint, and guiding one to stop indulging in damaging thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. This empowers a person to let go of resentments or self-destructive sentiments and stop resorting to unhealthy comfort foods when they feel stressed or anxious.