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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

An Empty Mind Is Anti-Aging

Tao wisdom is anti-aging in that it provides a blueprint for living to 100 and beyond. Of course, living a long life is contingent on many factors, such as genes, disease vulnerability, and among others. But the most important factor is lifestyle -- living a lifestyle with profound human wisdom. Tao wisdom begins with an empty mind. What is an empty mind? An empty mind is more than just "thinking out of the box": it is reverse thinking to create your own box of thinking. An empty mindset originated from Lao Tzu, the author of Tao Te Ching, the ancient classic on human wisdom:

"An empty mind with no craving and no expectation helps us letting go.
Being in the world and not of the world, we attain heavenly grace.
With heavenly grace, we become pure and selfless.
And everything settles into its own perfect place."
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, chapter 3)

With an empty mind, you begin to look at everything with totally different perspectives,


An empty mind is like letting go. If you don't let go, you would not be able to receive. Remember, it is always more blessed to give than to receive. If you hold on to something,  you would not be able to receive -- just like if your mind is loaded with pre-conceived ideas, you would not be able to accept new and unconventional ideas. 

An empty mindset not only provides clarity of thinking, but also frees us from the many shackles of life that enslave us, keeping us in bondage without our knowing it. Are you the master or just a slave of your own life? Often times, we think we are masters of our lives and we are in total control, but in fact we are no more than slaves. You are the master only when you have complete control over your life, or rather your way of thinking. Remember, your mind controls you, especially your subconscious mind—what you do, or how you act and react in different circumstances and situations in life.

How do you gain or re-gain control over your life in terms of your career, human relationships, time management, and daily stress, among others? It is not easy because most of us have a pre-conditioned mindset that we must do this and do that in order to succeed in life. To illustrate, in our subconscious minds, we want to do well, and, to do well, we must set life goals; to reach our life goals, we must exert efforts; after accomplishing one life goal, we need to set another higher one, and yet another one higher than the previous ones. In the end, our lives get more complicated and even out of control; as a result, we are no longer masters but only slaves to what we have accomplished for ourselves. As a further illustration, Lance Armstrong, the once-famous-and-now-disgraced cyclist, used performance-enhancing drugs to win his races in order to sustain his ego to win, which is compounded of his winnings, that ultimately brought about his own downfall. 

With an empty mind, we live in the present. The past was gone. Never look back in anger or with regret. Only the present is real. Do what you can with what you have, but with no expectation -- unlike Lance Armstrong, who expected to repeat his winnings, and he did more than what was necessary. Let go of all expectations in life. Letting go holds the key to the art of living well, even at any age. 


Tao wisdom teaches that all things follow a natural order: what goes up must also come down, just like life is inevitably followed by death.


Essentially, Tao wisdom shows you how to live a stress-free life. Remember, stress is the enemy of longevity. Let go of your ego-self to let God take over the control. Understandably, it's not that easy. But with both human and spiritual wisdom, everything is possible.

Tao wisdom with an empty mind is anti-aging. Live your life as if everything is a miracle.

Stephen Lau
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