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Monday, December 12, 2016

Chinese Wisdom in Eating


Holistic health and living means eating a diet of balance and harmony. To achieve that goal, we must understand what is balance and harmony.

Understanding the concept of “yin” and “yang”

For centuries, Chinese medicine has focused on the importance of balance and harmony, manifested in the concept of “yin” and “yang” (represented as the female and male, respectively, or any two opposing forces in Nature that balance and complement each other, resulting in perfect harmony).

The terms “yin” and “yang” describe the opposite yet complementary energy states in the universe. A balance between the two polarities can help you stay in beneficial energy alignment, which is fundamental to wellness. “Yin” embodies negative electrical charge and contractive energy, while “yang” demonstrates positive electrical charge and expansive energy.

“Yin” is always within “yang”; by the same token, “yang” is always within “yin.”  That is to say, all things are both “yin” and “yang” simultaneously, and they therefore are inter-dependent on and interacting with each other for survival.

In Chinese medicine, the balance of “yin” and “yang” is reflected in the Five Elements.

Balancing the Five Elements

This concept of balance and harmony originates from the Five Elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, and water), which not only are fundamental to the cycles of Nature, but also correspond to the different organs of the human body. For example, wood is related to your liver and your eyes; fire is related to your heart and your tongue; earth is related to your stomach and your mouth; metal is related to your lungs and your nose; and water is related to your kidneys and your ears. In addition, each of these elements also corresponds to a specific color in your diet, that is, the foods you eat.

These five elements not only balance but also complement each other to create harmony in the entire human body system.

Therefore, holistic eating means balancing the Five Elements with the foods you eat.

Wood corresponding to green
  • Eat green vegetables, from asparagus to dark leafy greens, such as spinach.
  • Eat green fruits, such as lime, and melon.
  • Eat green seeds, such as pumpkin seeds.
  • Eat green-colored beans, such as lentils, and mung beans; and grains, such as rye.
Fire corresponding to red
  • Eat red vegetables, such as hot red peppers and bell peppers, or beets.
  • Eat red fruits, such as red apples, or cherries.
  • Eat red nuts, such as pecans.
  • Eat red-colored beans, such as red lentils, and red beans; and grains, such as buckwheat.
Earth corresponding to orange and yellow
  • Eat orange and yellow vegetables, such as pumpkins, squash, and yams.
  • Eat orange and yellow fruits, such as mangoes, oranges, and papaya.
  • Eat orange and yellow nuts, such as almonds, and cashews.
  • Eat orange and yellow beans, such as chickpeas, and grains, such as corn and millet.
Metal corresponding to white
  • Eat white vegetables, such as cauliflower, and daikon radish.
  • Eat white fruits, such as bananas, and pears.
  • Eat white nuts, such as macadamias, and pine nuts.
  • Eat white-colored beans, such as soybeans and white beans; and grains, such as barley and rice.
Water corresponding to black, blue, and purple
  • Eat dark-colored vegetables, such as black mushroom, eggplant, and seaweed.
  • Eat dark-colored fruits, such as blackberries, blueberries, and raisins.
  • Eat dark-colored nuts, such as black sesame, and walnuts.
  • Eat dark-colored beans, such as black beans and navy beans; and grains, such as black wild rice.
For more information on health and healing, visit my new website: Health and Wisdom Tips.







Stephen Lau
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Get Your FREE BOOK!

YOU JUST DON’T DIE!” 

My newly published book is FREE for download on Amazon from December 8 to December 12.

This 154-page book is about how to live your life as if everything is a miracle if you just don’t die as you continue with you life journey with the many changes and challenges confronting you, including your loss of vision.

Human existence is meaningless without life purpose and human happiness. The pursuit of longevity has been going on since time immemorial. Consciousness holds the key to the success of this pursuit. Consciousness of living is wisdom of the mind to understand the self, others, as well as how and why certain things happen. Wisdom in living enables one to complete the rest of one's life journey and reaching the destination.

To live to 100 and beyond—if you just don’t die—you must ask questions about life; after all, living is about asking questions and seeking answers to the questions asked, and thereby instrumental in providing wisdom or a blueprint to continue the rest of your life journey.

The first question you should consciously ask yourself is: "How long do I wish to live?" Of course, that is only a hypothetical question because you really don’t have much of a choice—unless you would like to purposely end your life prematurely. Naturally, the answer to that question may also change over different phases in your life, depending on the quality of your life in that particular phase.

The second question you should consciously ask yourself is: "Why do I want to live long, or why not?" This question will be naturally followed by the third question: “How do I live long, or what can make me desire to live longer?”

The final question—if you just don’t die—is: "How should I live the rest of my life to overcome my daily problems and life challenges?"

The objective of this 154-page book is neither to convince you to crave longevity, nor to show you how to live to one hundred and beyond. It simply presents you with the consciousness of living the rest of your years—if you just don’t die!
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Stephen Lau
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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Living with Tao Wisdom -- If You Just Don't Die!


This 154-page book is about how to live healthier and happier for longer, especially if you just don’t die!

As you continue with your aging, living can be very challenging, when you are devastated by physical frailty, health issues, as well as many life changes and challenges. This book is also based on Tao wisdom to become conscious of your living.

To see if this book is right for you, look at the contents below:

INTRODUCTION
  • Human Existence
  • The Unrealistic Quest
  • The Realistic Realities

ONE: CONSCIOUSNESS IS EVERYTHING
  • What Is Consciousness?
  • Consciousness of the Basics of Life
  • Consciousness of Questions and Answers
  • Consciousness Is Everything
  • If You Just Don’t Die

TWO: CONSCIOUSNESS OF BREATH
  • Consciousness of the Importance of Breath
  • Consciousness of Correct Breathing
  • Enhancing Consciousness of Breath
  • Benefits of Consciousness of Breath
  • If You Just Don’t Die

THREE: CONSCIOUSNESS OF THINKING
  • Consciousness of the Subconscious
  • Consciousness of the Happiness Mindset
  • Consciousness of the Choice of Thoughts
  • If You Just Don’t Die

FOUR: CONSCIOUSNESS  OF WELLNESS
  • Consciousness of Body-Mind Connection
  • Consciousness of Physical Wellness
  • Consciousness of Mental Wellness
  • Consciousness of Spiritual Wellness
  • If You Just Don’t Die!

FIVE: CONSCIOUSNESS OF LIVING
  • Simplicity in Living
  • Living in the Present
  • Following the Natural Cycle
  • If You Just Don’t Die

SIX: CONSCIOUSNESS OF CHANGES AND CHALLENGES
  • Negative Changes
  • Life Challenges

SEVEN: CONSCIOUSNESS OF BEING
  • Believing in Yourself
  • Believing in Others
  • Believing in Spirituality
  • If You Just Don’t Die

EIGHT: YOU JUST DON’T DIE
  • The Wisdom to Perceive
  • The Wisdom to Understand
  • Final Words of Wisdom

APPENDIX A: the wisdom of living to 100 and beyond
  • The Art of Eating
  • The Miracle of Doing
  • The Benefits of Rituals

APPENDIX B: the wisdom of centenarians
  • The Ancient Centenarian: Luigi Cornaro
  • The Contemporary Centenarian: Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara

APPENDIX C: the miracle of meditation
  • The Meditation Process
  • Meditation Basics
  • How to Meditate


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Stephen Lau
Copyright© by Stephen Lau

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Consciousness of the Thinking Mind

Human wisdom is about consciousness of the thinking mind. That is, we must be aware of what is happening in our minds.

Descartes, the famous French philosopher, made this famous statement: "I think, therefore I am." Yes, it begins with the mind, and it is all in the mind, because your mind creates your own "reality" which is no more than the byproducts of your thoughts, resulting in actions and reactions that become the fabrics with which you weave your own reality. Your life experiences are 

Tao () is about the thinking mind. It is the wisdom of Lao Tzu, the ancient sage from China, who was the author of the immortal classic Tao Te Ching.

We are human, and it is human nature to follow and cling to human wisdom as a beacon of light to show us the way as we continue our life journey. Tao or the Way is a means to an end, but not an end itself. That is to say, we follow Tao to some destination, but Tao is neither a destination nor the destination. Attaining human wisdom is a continual process; there is no destination.

Tao may be the Way between human wisdom and divine wisdom. It helps us understand the true nature of man and his role in the world of creation, and thus connects us directly or indirectly to the Creator.

One of the essentials of Tao is awareness, which is consciousness of thinking.

Awareness is the presence of mind that enables us to wait with patience for the revelation of God’s wisdom, which does not happen immediately, especially when our minds are still compulsive and muddled.

“we wait for our muddled thoughts to settle,
our composed minds to become clear just like muddy water,
until enlightenment arises, followed by eternal salvation.”
(Lao Tzu, Chapter 15, Tao Te Ching)

With awakened awareness, we may perceive the ultimate truth in Biblical wisdom that leads to human salvation.

Lao Tzu emphasizes the need for awareness as we continue to process the profound wisdom that is slowly and gradually revealed to us. Without that acute awareness, there may not be any understanding. Therefore, we must be:

“watchful, like a man crossing a winter stream;
alert, like a man aware of danger;
courteous, like a visiting guest;
yielding, like ice about to melt;
simple, like a piece of uncarved wood;
hollow, like a cave
opaque, like muddy water.”
(Lao Tzu, Chapter 15, Tao Te Ching)


With Tao wisdom, we may not only seek more but also understand better Biblical wisdom. Consciousness of the thinking mind holds the key.

Stephen Lau
Copyright© by Stephen Lau

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Essentials of Tao Wisdom

Tao wisdom is profound human wisdom.

“Tao wisdom is the profound human wisdom of Lao Tzu, the sage from China almost three thousand years ago. Lao Tzu's only publication was Tao Te Ching, a short classic made up of 81 short chapters of poetry on human wisdom, which has become one of the most translated works in world literature due to its simple but profound, unconventional but controversial, wisdom.

Tao wisdom begins with simplicity, which means having an empty mind with reverse thinking. Can you do just that? The problem is that many of us have a mind filled with pre-conceived ideas of our own that prevent us from clarity of thinking, without which there is no wisdom. As a result, we have too many assumptions, presumptions, and predictions that may lead us astray with a confused and muddled mind.

Simplicity also implies living a simple lifestyle, which essentially means letting go of all clutters and attachments to the material world, especially those that define the human ego, such as the car you are driving or the neighborhood you are living in.

The miracle of the wisdom of letting go is that you may begin living in the now. If you are always depressed, most likely you are living in the past; if you are always anxious, you are most probably living in the future. Living in the present means: you do what needs to be done, with no overdoing, and with no expectations. Many of us look back at the past, especially past success, and do more than what is necessary in the present in order to guarantee the expectation of the success in the future. In the process, we generate stress that is the underlying cause of disease and unhappiness.

Another essential of Tao wisdom is spontaneity. Wisdom is the understanding that everything in this world and universe follows a natural cycle, such as what goes up must eventually come down, just like day is always followed by night, and life inevitably begets death. Understanding this natural cycle liberates you from many of the shackles of life. It transforms your perspectives of everything that happens or does not happen to you. Most importantly, it makes you become non-judgmental of yourself, of the people around you, and of all your experiences along your life journey.

Tao wisdom enables you to look deep inside you to see who you really are, and not who wish you were. Once you let go of your ego-self, and be the real you, you will become enlightened and be wise.

TIPS: Tao wisdom is applicable to everyday life. Politicians, such as President Reagan quoting Tao wisdom in his state-of-the-union address, financial experts, golfers, nutritionists, psychologists -- they have all related Tao wisdom to what they believe it. Apply Tao wisdom to your career, finance, health, relationships, and how you are going to live your daily life as if everything is a miracle.

The above is from Health and Wisdom Tips.


To live well, an understanding of human wisdom is crucial. Human understand may further be enlightened by Biblical wisdom


Stephen Lau

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Human Wisdom and God's Wisdom

God’s wisdom

According to Guinness Book of Records, the Bible is the all-time best-selling book, as well as the most translated work in world literature. This indicates that many people do believe that the Bible is a book of absolute truths and divine wisdom from God.
The Bible is a book of wisdom based on Biblical truths that require faith to believe in the authenticity of historical manuscripts reporting those events that had already taken place.

”Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene,” (Luke 3:1)

This Biblical faith is further attested to by human historical time scale: BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini—"in the year of our Lord"). Jesus Christ is a real historical figure, and His birth is a very solid historical fact reported by many historians.

Human wisdom

Tao Te Ching is an ancient book of wisdom from China. This immortal Chinese classic was written by Lao Tzu (translated as “Old Master”) some 2,600 years ago. A sage born with white hair and full of wisdom, he reluctantly revealed his vision of human wisdom in eighty-one short chapters, succinctly expressed in only 5,000 words without any punctuation mark in the original text. According to Lao Tzu, true wisdom can only be experienced but not expressed in words; he states this explicitly in the opening lines of the first chapter of Tao Te Ching:

“The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named is not the eternal name
The nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth
The named is the mother of myriad things”
(Chapter 1, Tao Te Ching, from the translation by Derek Lin, published by SkyLight Paths in 2006)

Both human wisdom and God’s wisdom are essential to living as if everything is a miracle, and you can’t have one without the other. The explanation is simple: “seek and you shall find.” You must have the human wisdom first before you want to seek; without God’s wisdom, your search is difficult and unfulfilling.


Tao wisdom, the profound wisdom of Lao Tzu, may help you with your first step, just as Lao Tzu said: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” Get the human wisdom to take your first step to pursue and understand God’s wisdom in order to live as if everything is a miracle

Stephen Lau
Copyright© by Stephen Lau

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Get the Wisdom to Live Like Santa Claus


Download this book for FREE from October 20 to 24 October, 2016. Click here.

Your Golden Years and Santa Claus explains the wisdom of living in the present, the wisdom of letting go, and the wisdom of not picking and choosing -- they are the essentials for happy and successful aging in the golden years. Learn how to think and act like Santa Claus in your golden years.

Your future is always unknown and unknowable, but it is your readiness to get new information and to use your new experience to reassess your current situation that provides a light at the end of the tunnel.

Wake up from your nightmare and live a life that you rightly deserve in your golden years.

Growing older sucks. The alternative is to die younger.

So, make the best and the most of your remaining years; turn them into the golden years of your life in spite of any frailty and adversity you may be facing. Remember, life is a task-master: it teaches you not only how to survive in any challenging circumstance but also how to live as if everything is a miracle, especially in your golden years.

Use Santa Claus as your role model to start believing in yourself, developing the right mindset of successful aging, and acting appropriately and positively. Santa Claus may not be a magic-bullet solution to all your life problems and challenges, but he certainly may open unexpected doors for you in your golden years.

Stephen Lau
Copyright© by Stephen Lau

Friday, October 14, 2016

Human Wisdom and Spiritual Wisdom to Attain Happiness

Human existence is meaningless, if it is devoid of happiness. Human happiness is contingent on human wisdom, which holds the key to ultimate success in the quest for happiness. 

But the search for happiness is unattainable for many. The happiness quest is like a carrot and stick—forever unreachable and unattainable. Maybe that explains the painstaking pursuit of happiness by many through wisdom. Indeed, happiness is not only abstract and intangible, but also elusive and evasive. What happiness to one individual may not be happiness to another—just as one man’s meat is another man’s poison. Happiness is uniquely personal. In addition, even if it is attainable, happiness comes and goes, just as day and night. Furthermore, no matter what, happiness has to come to an end with the expiration of life.

It is human nature to seek happiness by any means, and wisdom is often considered the most appropriate way to attain happiness. During the brief lifespan, humans seek wisdom to help them pursue their happiness that may come to them in many different forms, such as abundant wealth, good health, satisfying relationships, successful careers and endeavors, among others.

Happiness can be achieved only with both human wisdom and spiritual wisdom: human wisdom to understand spiritual wisdom.. 

TAO: The Way to Biblical Wisdom


The author's own translation of "Tao Te Ching" is based on his belief that Lao Tzu's masterpiece is about the Creator of the universe, and that with true human wisdom man sees not only the manifestations but also the mysteries of His creation.

The book is about true human wisdom without the "conditioned" thinking of contemporary wisdom. Without the "reverse" mindset of Lao Tzu, man may have difficulties in understanding the wisdom of God expressed in the Bible.

The book is divided into four parts.

Part One is about the author’s reasons for writing the book, and also why "Tao Te Ching" is a "must read" for anyone who seeks real human wisdom.

Part Two is the author’s own translation of the 81 chapters of "Tao Te Ching" with respect to the Bible; each chapter is followed by some selected Bible verses for further reflection on what Lao Tzu has said.

Part Three is about the essentials of Tao wisdom with detailed explanation in plain English and with everyday life examples to help the reader understand the profound wisdom of Lao Tzu.

Part Four is an explanation of how Tao wisdom may help the reader understand God's wisdom in the Bible. Tao is the Way to Biblical wisdom.

Stephen Lau
Copyright© by Stephen Lau

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Get This FREE Book to Teach Your Child to Read


Get your book for FREE from AMAZON from October 4, to October 8, 2016.

This 117-page is based on how I taught my daughter to read some 30 years ago. 

Like all proud parents, I was and still am proud of the fact that I could teach her how to read when she just turned three (most children learn at the age of five). The TV and all electronic devices may not be as effective as YOU, the parent, to teach your child through everyday intellectual interactions, games, and activities. 

This book provides 29 steps that could begin as early as your baby is one-month-old. My daughter became a proficient reader when she was five (reading books with little or no illustrations). By seven, she would not let me teach her anything -- she could find everything from books. It paid off and it's worth all the initial efforts in teaching her to become an early reader. Now she's an attorney in the United States.  I wrote this book because she has recently become a mother herself, and that's why I wrote this book to share my experience some three decades ago.

Don't miss this opportunity to get your FREE book.

Also, read my book" Make Your Smart Baby Super Smart.

Stephen Lau


Monday, October 3, 2016

FREE Book on Cancer!

One of the underlying causes of human disease is stress. Cancer stress may even add insult to injury. Use your mind to overcome cancer stress.

Get my book on cancer stress: Congratulations! You've Got Cancer! for FREE from AMAZON between Oct 3 and Oct 7. 


This 132-page book is about what to do when one is diagnosed with cancer. I am neither a doctor nor an oncologist. This book is based on a wrong cancer diagnosis of a close member of my family. I simply show you the power of the mind not only in coping with the traumatic experience of a cancer diagnosis but also in overcoming the disease itself. In addition, I present detailed information on what an individual must do on the cancer journey of cure and recovery. A cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence. Rather, it is an opportunity for growth and development. Harness your mind power to combat cancer.

Stephen Lau