Could an fairly new (developed in the early 90's) practice be the key to your skin and body struggles? Maybe.
A woman in India, Prajakta, age 32, claims that this meditation practice helped her cure her depression and bodily pain, that she struggled with for six years.
According to her, she experienced severe monthly pain with menses as well as whole body pain, and resulting depression as the pain often left her unable to leave her home. Her mother came across this meditation style in a park, and then suggested it to her, as a last resort. Prajakta claims that in just months, she felt completely recovered and that her life now, is absent of trips to the doctor, where in the past, it was riddled with trips and even unsuccessful explorative surgeries.
SHE IS NOT THE ONLY ONE
Upon searching, we found that this form has been touted to clear and cure many conditions, and some of the once-suffering were in careers in medicine and science - and they all credit Falun Dafa.
WHAT IS FALUN DAFA?
Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong) is an advanced practice of self-cultivation, founded by Mr. Li Hongzhi, the practice’s master.
The main position of the practice is the focus of there areas;
If we stand in truth, we can't deny ourselves our own truth nor do we want to alter other's truth or beliefs. We accept.
If we stand in compassion, we must have compassion for ourselves as well as others.
If we stand in forbearance, we are in a space of dedication, of commitment and willpower.
Imagine for a moment that your life was even more purposeful and clear, and that you were embodying these three positions more easily in life; what would life look like?
This is not a body-mind meditation without controversy; it makes sweeping and daring claims and China, seeing its popularity(over 70 million participants in China alone), had persecuted many during the years, for practicing it. Why? According to the international site for Falun Dafa, it is partially because it is an area that China has not been able to control and it implies that it is because it encourages free thought.
Falun Dafa, the practice of the mind is really about the cultivation of the mind and this is the "gong" energy. (Gong means "life energy, so I would translate it as "Vitality").With this transition, they enhance virtue and decrease karma. Think of virtue as light, and karma as dark. This means that there is a strong mind/emotional component to the physical practice, a very strong body-mind connection.
As opposed to an exercise program of running or yoga, the Falun Dafa is expected to participate in not only a set of developed exercises but also work on mindfulness according to texts regarding the topic, where yoga also has texts, it can be enjoyed and benefited from as a purely physical practice.
HOW MIGHT THIS HELP YOU?
Falun Dafa is practiced in over 100 countries, including the United States, and seems to be in every major hub. It seems to be immersed in varied organization styles from police stations to corporate offices practices, from blue collar to CEO's benefit and it's only growing.
Not bad for a meditation practice that was hidden, for years.
While a form of qigong, it is said to be the supreme style, and said to heal everything from neurological conditions, heart disorders, skin struggles to unspecified pain. While we would never suggest that you give up your medical professionals and care, nor can ethically support these claims without scientific research and double blind studies.
That being said, informally, a study in 1998, surveying over 6,000 individuals, reported that "of the surveyed population, 92% reported total disappearance of the symptoms, 7.74% observed moderate improvement, only 0.14% saw no obvious improvement.
No one regressed.
Upon research we found many, hundreds, of claims that Falun Dafa made individuals look younger, erased wrinkles and made it's practitioners look more vibrant. Could this be the fountain of youth?
From a skin-mind view, we are intrigued, and encourage exploration of this form of meditation, if for nothing else, but to encourage a directed mindful approach, which is always a good thing.
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