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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.
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Stephen Lau
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Thursday, December 8, 2016



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:

  • Human Existence
  • The Unrealistic Quest
  • The Realistic Realities

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

  • 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

  • Consciousness of the Subconscious
  • Consciousness of the Happiness Mindset
  • Consciousness of the Choice of Thoughts
  • If You Just Don’t Die

  • Consciousness of Body-Mind Connection
  • Consciousness of Physical Wellness
  • Consciousness of Mental Wellness
  • Consciousness of Spiritual Wellness
  • If You Just Don’t Die!

  • Simplicity in Living
  • Living in the Present
  • Following the Natural Cycle
  • If You Just Don’t Die

  • Negative Changes
  • Life Challenges

  • Believing in Yourself
  • Believing in Others
  • Believing in Spirituality
  • If 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
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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
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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
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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Get the Wisdom to Live Like Santa Claus

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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
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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
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Let Go to Receive

We all want abundance, not emptiness. We all desire abundance in education, family, relationships, profession, and wealth; nobody wants emptiness—one thing nobody wants in life. Abundance often becomes attachments in our lives. Ironically enough, we need emptiness to attain the ultimate truths of life and living, which is wisdom in living. To attain this wisdom, we need emptiness. First of all, we need an empty mind with reverse thinking to think differently, not according to conventional wisdom. Then, we need to become empty consciously, which is letting go of all attachments. Attachments are emotional distractions of the mind that prevent  clarity of thinking, without which there is no access to the ultimate truths of life and living. Knowing these ultimate truths enable you to live as if everything is a miracle.

Before we can receive, we must let go first. Letting go of all attachments to the material world is the first step we must take. It is more blessed to give than to receive. But many of us don't believe in that: instead, we think we will give out or let go after we have received. Letting go is difficult because it requires the profound human wisdom of Lao Tzu.

AsIf Everything Is A Miracle

This 125-page book is about how to live your life as if everything is a miracle, instead of as if nothing is a miracle. To do just that, you need wisdom to "rethink" your mind, which may not be telling you the whole truth about your thoughts and life experiences; you need wisdom to "renew" your body, which lives in a toxic physical environment; you need spiritual wisdom to "reconnect" your soul, which is the essence of your spirituality. Most importantly, you need wisdom to "realign" your whole being because the body, the mind, and the soul are all interconnected and interdependent on one another for your well-being to live your life as if everything is a miracle. Your mind is the road map and your soul is the compass; without them, your body is going nowhere, and you will live your life as if nothing is a miracle.

Emptiness leads to enlightenment. If spiritual wisdom has to enter you and manifest itself within you, it will need empty space. With enlightenment, you will become a better, happier, and healthier you. With enlightenment, you will live a stress-free life. Learn how to overcome your stress by letting go your ego-self. No Ego No Stress!

Stephen Lau
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Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Importance of Human Wisdom

The ancient Tao wisdom from China -- the wisdom of Lao Tzu, the ancient sage who was the author of the immortal classic Tao Te Ching on human wisdom -- provides a blueprint for nourishing human wisdom: an empty mind with reverse thinking, mindfulness for clarity thinking, living in the present with no expectations of the future, no picking and choosing, accepting and embracing everything that comes in the natural cycle of change—what goes up must always come down. True human wisdom is the ability to understand that how the mind works and how human attachments are formed.

Why is human wisdom so important in the art of living well? The mind is responsible for thinking, and hence what we do and how we live our lives. Our thinking comes from our thoughts, which derive from our perceptions based on our five senses. Our thoughts then become our memories, stored in our subconscious minds. These subconscious  memories affect our many life choices and decisions either positively or negatives, producing many experiences that become our assumptions and predictions that further change the way we think. In short, our life experiences become the raw materials with which we form not only our realities but also our ego-selves.

One of the essentials of Tao wisdom is living in the present moment. Scarlet O’Hara in Gone With the Wind said at the end: “Tomorrow is another day.”

Yes, tomorrow is another day, but that day may or may never come. Fortunately or unfortunately, we always choose to believe that it will come. Fortunately in that it may give us hope and expectation; unfortunately in that it may divorce ourselves from the realities of life, making us less grateful of the present or less thankful of what we already have 

Living in the now is exemplary of the consciousness of being, which holds the key to understanding human wisdom. Today is now, and mindfulness of the present is the realization not only that tomorrow is another day but also that it may never come. This mental consciousness makes us aware that we must be constantly asking ourselves mind-searching questions about what we need to know now; what we need to love now; what we need to be grateful for now. In short, today provides the compass and road map for our life journey, which may abruptly end tomorrow.

Stephen Lau
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