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Life at Atlanta – Part IV

A message from at 8:45am about Dad, Lung Cancer.

Enough for the theory about the Zijiu method, now let me talk about myself.   My daily life here looks like this: wake up at about 8 or 9 AM for breakfast and then back to bed for 1 or 2 more hours if there is no other activity.   Then do some reading or record the progress of practice for self evaluation.   Then we will take a walk for about a mile  on the Yellow River campus of the institute before lunch.   After lunch, more reading and personal business before the afternoon  nap for 1 to 2 hours.   This usually takes us to about 5 PM.   Then do a little exercise, have dinner around 7 and prepare for the workout.

We typically arrive at the campus around 8:30 and prepare for the class.   On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays we have general group discussion.   Everyone share with their experience, difficulties and problems and we’ll discuss and try to resolve them.   On  Tuedays and Thursdays, they will show tapes of previous teachings or Master’s Q&A sessions.   The content typically covers the health issues and their relationship with  one’s personality and daily life, and how to be a “good and healthy” person – not just consciously but subconsciously.   Saturday nights are reserved for Master’s Q&A.   On Sunday nights, there is a special small group discussion for cancer patients.   We talk about any special needs, share successful stories, and  cheer for each other.   The survivors  also share with us their experience and point out ways to success.   Every Thursday afternoon there is a group discussion about the theory of the  Zijiu method and chinese medicine.   The class typically ends at 9:30 and then we move to the Yellow River campus for warmups and the workout.   After 10, the workout begins.   All these teachings are free of charge.

I belong to the so-called “the 4-hour club” which currently has 8 members.   This group is composed of the most serious cancer patients – not just in physical conditions but also the will to get better, where the demands for quality and quantity (i.e. time) are the highest.   We practice for 4 hours.   The less serious group, with some survivors, practice for 3 hours.   For the rest, including some survivors, healthy people, patients’ families, etc, practice for 2 hours or less.   We typically arrive home around 2:30 in the morning, hit the bed and pass out.

I have made progress steadily.   When we got here in May, they described me as a “numb” person with a sad face, dull eyes and low voice (hard to  be heard),  no smile, and walking with difficulty.   In July, I was able to get through my daughter’s wedding.   Now my eyes are twinkling again and  my face is turning normal with  more shining  dark hair on my head.   My vocal cord which was damaged during the second chemo therapy is half recovered.   I’m able to sing again, although still with some difficulty in high notes.   Now I can sing for more than 10 seconds continuously with one breathe, compared to about 24 seconds before I got sick.   And I don’t have to yell to be heard.   This is a huge step.

A  mid-forty lady known as the “big sister”, who was one of the Master’s first students, occasionally will show up and cheer for us.   She is a very nice looking lady, full of energy and always wearing a smile.   She, looks like in early 30′s, is a general manager of a local company and have been with Master for 11 years.   According to her, she follows Master not because she has had any disease but is pursuing a healthy life.   Since she started, she discovered, through pains, many little problems in her body.   As she progressed, these problems went away one by one and she became a healthy person, not just in body but also in heart.   Since then, she has  never seen a doctor or taken any pill.   She is our role model.

Yellow River campus is a very beautiful place.   In front of the practice rooms, there is a brook.   Sometimes a crane and some ducks will stop by and several turtles will climb up a rock to enjoy sunshine.   Shu and I often sit on a flat rock at the shore to enjoy the peace and the beauty of nature.   I took some pictures.   Posted here are the scene of the brook, the room we practice Zijiu and one of our recent pictures taken by the swimming pool on the campus.   My next CT is scheduled on 9/25.   This will be the examine of my efforts.   Stay tuned.