We all know that smoking harms our health. Many smokers have tried unsuccessfully to quit, time and time again. Mark Twain even once said: “Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it a thousand times.”
It is difficult to quit lighting up because it is a strong addiction, and for a smoker to deny oneself of a cigarette is almost like torture. One might be able to stop for a couple of days, even weeks, but eventually one may give in as the craving is too great.
But there is hope. There are hundreds of testimonials from people who quit painlessly and easily after learning Falun Gong, an ancient self-improvement and meditation practice, and it cost them absolutely nothing—totally free. Here are a couple of amazing testimonials.
1. “Part of the job description as a drummer was to drink every night, smoke everyday, smoke pot everyday”
When American drummer Sterling Campbell hit rock bottom in his personal life, he found himself addicted to alcohol, smoking, and other bad habits.
“Part of the job description as a drummer was to drink every night, smoke everyday, smoke pot everyday. There were other drugs too. I do not want to mention those,” said Campbell.
After he became a drummer for the famous rock star David Bowie, people noticed three Chinese words displayed on his drums, and many were curious about what they meant. Sterling’s story behind the three Chinese characters is as follows.
Years earlier, as he walked past a park in New York, he noticed a group of people performing some slow, gentle exercises, and he felt drawn to find out more, so he joined in. That’s when one of the practitioners gave him a book to read—“Zhuan Falun,” by Mr. Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Gong.
Just like many Falun Gong practitioners, after Campbell started practicing, his life changed dramatically, and the bad habits simply disappeared.
“I had tried to stop these and I wasn’t able to. Two weeks after I started practicing Falun Gong, I found that I no longer wanted to smoke, drink, or take drugs,” he explained to The Epoch Times.
Campbell was able to let go of all his addictions, including smoking, after reading this book, and he is forever grateful to Mr. Li Hongzhi. He stuck the three Chinese characters meaning, “Truth, Compassion, Forbearance,” which are the core tenets of Falun Gong, on the front of his drum kit for audiences to see.
David Bowie was very supportive of Sterling’s efforts to bring worldwide attention to the persecution of Falun Gong in China, and the U.S.-based non-profit organization known as “Friends of Falun Gong” will forever be thankful for Bowie’s unfailing support. Bowie sadly died in January 2016.
Translated into more than 30 languages, Zhuan Falun is read by people in more than 100 countries
2. “Falun Gong helped me quit smoking after 53 years”
Here’s what happened to Patrick after he began to practice Falun Gong. About three years ago, he read Zhuan Falun, the main book of Falun Gong, in a library. He then proceeded to read all of the other Falun Gong related texts.
“I started to read and exercise once I got home. Shortly after that I quit smoking and drinking. My mind just opened up and the way I handled things changed. There was more peace and less fighting and complaints,” he said.
3. “This practice does not want your money or any type of payback”
Artjom, a young man who once had aspirations to become a monk, had a chance encounter with a group of meditators when he was in Berlin. He immediately decided to join them.
Besides reading Zhuan Falun, Artjom visited Falun Gong websites. He also read other books written by Mr. Li Hongzhi. He realized that he could cultivate himself without entering a temple or monastery.
“This is very attractive to me. I feel that this is what I have wanted all along. Teacher has explained everything clearly. I understood from Teacher’s books that we can cultivate in this complicated environment. It is the best. Had I not learned about Falun Gong, I probably would be in some temple right now,” he said.
The virtues of Falun Gong convinced Artjom to practice. “The righteousness of Falun Gong is very attractive to me. This practice does not want your money or any type of payback. Nowadays everything is about money, but Falun Gong does not require any payback, it only gives. Whether you accept it is up to you. I decided to accept it and I have benefited much from it,” he said.
After he started practicing Falun Gong, Artjom was able to let go of some bad habits. For example, he hadn’t been able to quit smoking before, and he still smoked when he started reading Zhuan Falun.
But, as he continued to read, he saw this sentence in Zhuan Falun,
“I advise everyone that if you truly want to practice cultivation you should quit smoking from now on, and it is guaranteed that you can quit.”
Artjom said: “One day there was suddenly a turning point. I understood and I felt that I became stronger, so I stopped smoking. My mother said that I became a changed person since I started cultivating.”
4. His dramatic improvement impressed his friends so much, they too began practicing
Mr. Huang Dengbao drives a semi-trailer to earn a living. As he was under pressure to stay alert for lengthy periods, he turned to smoking and chewing betel nuts, which soon became addictions. His health began to deteriorate, and he found it impossible to quit the bad habits. He then began practicing Falun Dafa, and found it very easy to stop those bad habits. After his dramatic improvement, many of his friends were so impressed that they too became Falun Dafa practitioners.
Mr. Huang also feels he is being protected. Once, while driving his semi, he was involved in a head-on collision with a tour bus. The front of his truck was completely crushed, with the steering wheel broken on his legs, and his body was jammed inside the driver’s seat. Police and paramedics were amazed to see that he was not at all harmed.
5. Mr. Tsai’s relentless addiction to cigarettes disappeared
Mr. Tsai said he will never forget how he quit smoking. “It happened shortly after the nine-day Falun Gong classes. On Aug. 15, a colleague offered me a cigarette. I was stunned. I thought, ‘Why do I need a cigarette?’ Then I remembered that I had not smoked for ten days, that I had completely forgotten to smoke. It was as though I had never smoked at all.” His addiction to cigarettes completely disappeared.
A lot of people may think meditation is something to be taken up in old age, when one has more time to relax. But in fact, there are people of all ages, including many children, teenagers, and young adults, who have chosen to practice Falun Dafa for the extraordinary health benefits.
There are of course many methods available to help you quit smoking—behavioral therapy, nicotine replacement therapy, medication, or simply going cold turkey. Some methods work for some, but may not for others, and they pretty much all cost money.
Falun Gong (or Falun Dafa), is totally free, and as you can see from the above testimonials, and countless many more—this practice has been successful in helping those with addictions and other health problems to regain their good health. Perhaps you should try it too!