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Monday, September 24, 2018

Tao Wisdom and Daily Stress

Stress plays havoc not only with your body but also your mind. Stress can impair your mind power.

How do you unwittingly create stress in your daily life? 

According to Zen living (an ancient concept of living based on the profound wisdom of Lao Tzu, the ancient Chinese sage, who authored the world immortal classic Tao Te Ching), life is never a problem, and Zen lifestyle is never meant to be stressful. Unfortunately, it is your mind that has created the problem in the first place, and hence the stress.

Logically, a problem requires a solution. Your thinking mind presents to you a number of options to solve the problem you have created for yourself. Your rational mind then begins to analyze and choose the possible options; and stress is thus created in the process of analyzing and choosing. In Zen, the rational mind is not a friend, but quite often an enemy, of Zen health. 

Your stress is further reinforced if you made the wrong choice: you become ridden with guilt and regret over your choice.

Zen living or the Way of Tao (the wisdom of Lao Tzu) is simple: Do not make life into a problem, and there will be no problem. Do not look backward. Do not look forward. Just being in the present completely and fully. 

Yes, Zen focuses on the present moment — not the past, and surely not the future. Your unconsciously project your past experiences into the future, which can be either positive or negative. If they are negative, it may create worry and stress -- not good for the mind.  If they are positive, they may generate expectation that involves picking and choosing -- not beneficial for the mind. 

Alas, we are living in a goal-setting world in mad pursuit of fame, fortune and success. The Way or Tao wisdom, on the other hand, accomplishes things without exerting undue efforts.

Lin Yutang, the great contemporary Chinese writer-philosopher, aptly epitomizes the paradox of the wisdom "accomplishing things without much doing" in his famous quotation: "A wise man is never busy, and a busy man is never wise."

Essentially, Tao or the wisdom of Lao Tzu means do, but don't over-do. Live in the present, and neither worrying about the future nor ruminating over the past. In other words, you focus only on the process, not the result, of doing things. It is tantamount to the Christian concept of “doing your best, and letting God do the rest!”; or what Jesus said in the Lord's prayer "Give us this day our daily bread." God does not promise you a tomorrow, and man proposes but God disposes. Just do what you must do at this very present moment, and do not be anxious of the outcome. Concentrate on the "doing", and not the expectations of the result. This is the Way of Tao wisdom! 

The problem with most of us is that we permit our rational mind to be in control. We desperately want to get things done our way, and in doing so have created undue stress in our lives. Remember, the rational mind is more of an enemy than a friend. 

To understand the ancient wisdom of Tao or Lao Tzu, read the following books:

This book is about stress relief not through conventional relaxation,  such as meditation and yoga, but through understanding the ancient wisdom from China that recommends letting go the ego-self for stress relief.

Use the ancient Tao wisdom to live a stress-free life. Remember, you are living in a compulsive world of speed, and your mind is preconditioned to be compulsive. Learn how to quiet you mind.

This book contains the 81 chapters of the translated text of the ancient Chinese classic on human wisdom, written by the Chinese sage Lao Tzu. It also explains in plain English the essentials of Tao wisdom, which is the wisdom of TAO TE CHING.

The original text of Tao Te Ching in Chinese is difficult to understand, not to mention to translate it into another language, because the text without any punctuation mark was intended to be controversial and open to multiple interpretations. It should be noted that more than 2,600 years ago Lao Tzu was reluctant to put down his wisdom in words; as a matter of fact, he was specifically told by the guard at the city gate that he could not leave China for Tibet unless he put down his words of wisdom.

Stephen Lau

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