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Exercises teach mind and body enrichment

The Center for Student Enrichment is offering students an opportunity for meditation through the Skill Builder, “Falun Dafa – An Ancient Practice to Improve Mind and Body.”

On Thursday, Oct. 18, NMU economics professor Hsin-Ling Hsieh will teach a progression of exercises that are not just for the body. These exercises also encourage the individual to become a better person through its three principles: truthfulness, compassion and tolerance, Hsieh said.

Hsieh said she hopes to give insight into both the benefits of Falun Dafa, as well as the tragic occurrences surrounding it.

Hsieh said the practice is a method for people to have physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

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“It is simple and easy to learn, but very powerful,” she said.

A portion of the workshop will also cover the current issues concerning the persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners in
China.

Falun Dafa was first introduced to the general public in the spring of 1995. In 1999, the leader of the Communist Party
began persecuting those who followed the practice of Falun Dafa.

This was initially due to a fear of its growing popularity, Hsieh said.

“[It’s] a good way to help people, specially students, have good health and stress relief in their busy life,” Hsieh said.

The Skill Builder will be held in the Charcoal Room of the University Center from 6-7:30 p.m. There is no cost, and all ages

are encouraged to attend.

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