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Stephen Lau's website on getting your wisdom from books.

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

Click here to get the digital copy, and here to get the paperback copy.

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
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
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