Your Mind Is Also Your Body

Your mind is related to your body because your mind is also your body. Understanding this intimate relationship between your mind and your body may help you live better in this material world. What your mind desires directly affects your body; your mind is also your body.

Your body lives in the physical world, and thus it plays a pivotal role in your overall being, including your mind and your soul. Science has already attested to the close connection between the body and the mind: the body affects the mind as much as the mind affects the body.

Human emotions, in particular, affect the physical body. In Woody Allen‘s movie Annie Hall, Diane Keaton would like to know why he wasn’t angry. “I don’t get angry,” he humorously replied, “I grow a tumor instead.” Indeed, toxic emotions can lead to a toxic body. We all have toxic thoughts in our minds, such as anger, anxiety, despair, disappointment, envy, regret, and among others, that may negatively affect mind as well as the body.

Unfortunately, many of us are too busy even to notice our breaths, let alone being aware of our thoughts—of how they affect our minds. Without this awareness, we don’t know who we are, what we want, and what we are doing. We are forever living in the past or in the future, except in the now. As a result, we don’t see the miracle of life around us. We have eyes that don’t see, and ears that don’t listen; we see only what we want to see, and hear only what we desire to hear. Accordingly, most of us live as if nothing is a miracle, and this perception becomes our reality. In addition, our perverted perception is further distorted by the toxic environment we are living in. We have become the farmer in Aesop’s fable who, out of greed, killed the goose that laid the golden eggs, thinking that it wasn’t a miracle, and thus turning a once-miracle into a no-miracle.

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As If 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 roadmap 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.

Stephen Lau

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Tao Wisdom for Longevity Living

Relaxation is anti-aging and holds the key to longevity living. Advancement of medical science has extended human longevity, but modern living has, ironically enough, shortened lifespan. That is to say, humans could have an even much longer lifespan if it were not for the compulsive living in contemporary world. Yes, many of us are living in a pressure cooker that demands most of our time. We wish we had more than 24 hours, but we don’t. As a result, we become time-stressed.

Many of us are living in the past or in the future, except in the present. Depression is one of the rampant disorders in contemporary society. People with this mental disorder are often held hostage to their unhappy past, or worries of their future. Depressed people do not live in the present. Those who are time-stressed, do not live in the present, because their minds are forever preoccupied with what will happen in the future. If you talk on the phone while driving, you are one of those time-stressed individuals.

If you are stressed by the past or the future, you are not living in the present. Only those who living in the present live a longer and happier life. To do just that, you need Tao wisdom.

Tao wisdom is based on “Tao Te Ching,” which is an ancient classic from China. The book was written thousands of years ago by Lao Tzu, a sage with all white hair (a sign of wisdom). According to the legend, the great philosopher was forced to put down his profound wisdom in writing before he was permitted to leave China for Tibet. Reluctantly, Lao Tzu concisely and succinctly expressed his unique wisdom in eighty-one short chapters with only five thousand words all told. As a testament to the significance and timelessness of his eternal wisdom, “Tao Te Ching” has been translated into many languages; as a matter of fact, this ancient classic has become one of the most translated works of world literature.

What has made Lao Tzu’s “Tao Te Ching” so popular?

First and foremost, the language is extremely simple and easy to read. His ideas are intriguing and thought-provoking, and capable of many different intrepretations. His wisdom is not only timeless but also universally applicable.

Despite the simplicity and conciseness of the language, many people find it difficult to understand Tao wisdom expressed in the short text; especially, it seems to have so many different interpretations of the text. Actually, understanding Taoism is not that difficult; all it requires is an empty mind. In other words, we must first empty our minds of any pre-conceived thinking before we can fully and truly intuit its profound wisdom. Just be prepared to expect the unexpected.

Here is a summary of Tao wisdom in living.

“Tao” means “the way” to wisdom — or “the way” to achieving just about anything in life. As opposed to conventional wisdom, the wisdom of Tao is exclusive and subjective. In other words, “the way” is unique to each individual-something like “one man’s meat is another man’s poison.” That is to say, each individual has to discover or look within the self to find out what “the way” may look like, unlike conventional wisdom that provides a blueprint for many, if not for everybody. For this reason, wisdom cannot be acquired through knowledge, which is merely an accumulation of know-how from experts, let alone be taught or guided. Wisdom has to be intuited, assimilated, and internalized by an individual based on that individual’s unique life experience.

The key to intuiting the wisdom presented by Lao Tzu is abandoning or letting go the ego-self.

Unlike conventional wisdom, which puts much emphasis on “self,” such as “self-esteem” and “self-confidence,” Tao suggests quite the opposite: the “non-attachment to self” because the “self” goes hand in hand with the “ego”-together, they create the “identity” of an individual. Once the “identify” is created, there comes the need to “preserve” or “protect” that “identity” due to the presence of the “ego” Thus, a host of other problems will subsequently follow.

Therefore, the first and the most important requirement is to have “no ego-self”-which is, however, most difficult to attain, because we are taught to be proud of who and what we are.

With “no ego-self,” you then have “no expectation” in life. To illustrate, if you have created an ego-self, such as “I am a doctor” or “I am a mother,” then subconsciously you have to, or you are “expected” to, live up to that image or the ego-self that you have unconsciously created in your mind’s eye.

With “no ego-self,” you will not be too concerned with material things that often qualify or attach to the “identify” you have created for yourself. In other words, you will become “non judgmental”-which is essentially not having to choose what you want and to reject what you do not want, or rather desiring what you think will enhance the ego-self, and avoiding what you think may damage your identity or image of the ego-self.

If you have “no expectation,” you need not exert extra effort to meet your expectations. With less effort, you have more time to yourself, and so you can live in the present moment, which is the essence of Tao wisdom in living. In contemporary wisdom, we are expected to do more in order to get more of what we want; in the wisdom of Lao Tzu, you do “less” for more-it is all about the spontaneity of things; you make nature work things for you, instead of working against the forces of nature, which is “non-doing.”
To conclude, Tao wisdom in living is to have no ego-self so that you can live in the present. With no ego-self, there is no expectation; with no expectation, you become non-judgmental, which is accepting and embracing the desirable as well as the undesirable in life; with non-judgmental, you appreciate non-doing; with non-doing, you can live in the present and in harmony with nature. So, Tao recommends no ego-self to live a no-stress life with no worry, no expectation, no judgment, and non-doing. This is the summary of Tao wisdom in living.

The Complete Tao Te Ching

Stephen Lau

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My New Book Publication
I have just published my book on Amazon:
Words are neither effective nor ineffective; they just
impart different meanings to the sentences in which they are used. It is the writer’s effective use of words and phrases that makes sentences effective or ineffective.
The English language is made up of nearly a million words and phrases. A writer, especially one whose English is not his or her first language, may face two major problems in writing: not knowing “enough” words; and not knowing how to choose the “right” words. 
Writing is made up of words. Effective writing requires having a good stock of vocabulary, as well as selecting the most suitable words and phrases to express the  intended ideas.

There are many English words and phrases that are frequently confused and misused by ESL learners. This book provides hundreds of those words and phrases with examples to show how they should be used correctly,
such as: advance and advancement; acceptance and acceptation;
accountable to and accountable for; acquirement and acquisition,
etc. 

Stephen Lau
 

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The Right Thinking Process for the Right Mind
Develop the right thinking process. Right thinking is not automatic, and to change thinking is often difficult, just as Albert Einstein said: “Thinking is hard; that’s why so few do it.”  Right thinking needs right attitude and effort. Develop the right thinking process—your best investment ever!.

Enhancing the right thinking process 

  • Expose yourself to multi-media that promote good thinking. Internalize what you are exposed to with thought-provoking questions and answers.
  • Spend more time with good thinkers, not those with empty heads.
  • Put your right thinking into right action. Do not fall into the trap of waiting till you feel like “thinking” to do it. Act now!
  • Generate as many right thoughts as possible throughout the day and every day.

Right thinking always produces right results, just as good thoughts and actions can never produce bad results. It is wrong to assume that
in real life sometimes the bad people may prosper, while the good ones may suffer. Examples attesting to this wrong assumption simply fail to recognize that the so-called bad people may still have some good traits in their thinking that bring about their prosperity despite their badness, while the good people may also have faulty thinking that is responsible for their own suffering. Remember, nobody is perfect.

The Book of Life and Living
 
Albert Einstein once said: “A human being is
part of the whole called by us ‘universe,’ a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts, and feelings as something separate from the
rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison . . . . ”
One of the objectives of The Book of Life and Living is to free yourself from the self-imprisonment of self-delusions created by your self-consciousness, as pointed out by Albert Einstein. This book not only explains in simple terms and plain language how you may unconsciously create your self-limiting thoughts that prevent you from truly understanding who you really are and what you really want from life, but also shows you how to create a substantially new manner of thinking through the integration of both the conventional and the unconventional ancient wisdom.
 
Click here to get the digital version, and here to get the paperback edition of The Book of Life and Living.
 
Stephen Lau

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The Wisdom of Letting Go
I have just published the following book on AMAZON:
The pursuit of human happiness is forever elusive and evasive. Why? It requires human wisdom to ask the right questions, and spiritual wisdom to seek self-enlightening answers to the questions asked throughout our life journey.
Human wisdom comes from the mind: an empty mindset with reverse thinking; mindfulness living in the present with no expectation and no picking; and spontaneity with understanding of the natural cycle of all things, that is, what goes up must also come down. The ancient Tao wisdom from China may enhance human wisdom.
With human wisdom, one may see the wisdom of letting go of all attachments in the material world. Attachments are the raw materials with which we often create the self-delusive realities of the ego-self. Letting
go of the ego and all its attachments may let us see the true nature of everything: who we really are, not
who we wish we were, and what we really need, not what we desire.
The ego is the human flaw that not only undermines the natural human wisdom but also distorts the lens through which we see the world around us. Therefore, we need spiritual wisdom to complement the inadequate human wisdom, to guide the soul on our life journey. Spiritual wisdom can only be attained through trust and obedience to the Creator, which is letting go to let God.
The above is what this book is all about.
If this book is right for you, you can get it from AMAZON. Click here for the digital copy and here for the paperback edition.

Stephen Lau

 

Transcend the Mind for Natural Health

Natural health wisdom is essentially alignment of the body, the mind, and the soul for health and wellness. The body lives in the physical world, which is itself a toxic environment. The role of the mind is to control the body, as well as connecting the body with the soul for harmony in order to live as if everything is a miracle. Therefore, transcend the mind for natural health

The human mind has its many limitations, which are also responsible for your ill health. The mind is always full of thoughts—thoughts of past experiences. If you stay in your mind, you will be ruled and controlled by your past thoughts, which will then become your future. In other words, your future is more or less based on your past data. If your past was pleasant, you would like to repeat it in the future; if your past was unpleasant, then you would strive to avoid it in the future. No matter what, your future becomes tied to your past; that is the human bondage. To live a better life, transcend the mind: cease to be a part of your mind. To do just that, learn to live in the present, which also enhances mindfulness.

When you transcend your mind, that is, consciously detaching yourself from your mind, for example, in meditation, you may experience enlightenment, which is transformation of the self.

 As If 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 roadmap 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.

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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Why Do Some Age Faster Than Others?

If you go to a class union after a decade or two, you will be surprised to find that your former classmates all look totally different from what they used to be (of course), or from what you have expected. The truth of the matter is that we all age differently: some much faster than others.

According to Steven Masley, M.D., the former medical director of the Pritikin Longevity Center in St. Petersburg, Florida, you may have the potentials for accelerated aging, if you have just any three of the following:

  • A fast blood sugar level of more than 100 mg/dl
  • A blood pressure higher than 130/85
  • A waist larger than 35 inches for women and 40 inches for men
  • Good cholesterol level (HDL) less than 40 mg/dl for men, and 50mg/dl for women
  • Triglyceride (a certain type of fat in your blood) levels greater than 150 mg/dl.

 Factors contributing to accelerated aging

There are several factors that may make a person aging faster than others:

Your diet: you are what you eat, and you become what you eat. Hippocrates, the father of medicine once said: “Let food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food.” Nothing could be further from the truth than this. Medications are getting more and more expensive but less and less effective. The sad truth is that the more medications you take, the more side effects you have, resulting in taking even more medications.

A friend of mine recently went to a local pharmacy to get her regular anti-depression medication prescribed by her doctor. The pharmacist, who looking incredulous, hesitantly told her that the charge would be over $1,000 (just for one prescription drug for only one month). For years, she has been getting her medications from the same pharmacy without having to pay a dime because they have been covered by her insurance. The pharmacist knew somehow there must be a mistake, so he checked and found out that there was the computer somehow did not include the insurance coverage. That the depression medication would cost that much without the insurance was a shock to my friend, who said to the pharmacist: “Anybody would become depressed if he or she had to pay that much for a depression medication. “The pharmaceutical industry is making huge profit at the expense of the patients; worse, the doctors are often too willing to prescribe as if they, too, shared the profit.

Your lifestyle: life on the fast lane, such as drinking and smoking, often leads to faster aging.

Your physical inactivity: or immobility brings about stagnation of internal energy, which is for transporting life-giving energy in the form of oxygen and nutrients, to different body organs and systems. Without nourishment, there is no recuperation, and degeneration ensues.

Your stress: stress kills your brain cells, predisposing you to accelerated aging. Stress is the underlying cause of many diseases and disorders. No ego, no stress!

Stephen Lau

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Liver Health According to Chinese Medicine
The liver is called “liver” because it is an organ that reflects how well you have lived. A healthy liver means healthy living not only of the body, but also of the mind and the soul. First of all, the liver is your main body organ responsible for distributing and maintaining your body’s “fuel” supply. Any deficiency of this supply may lead to diseases and disorders.
The Chinese see the body as a whole, where each organ is related to the rest of the body. As such, looking closely at certain areas of the body can offer big clues to its associated organ system. For centuries, Chinese doctors have looked at the conditions of their patients’ eyes to assess their health; for example, constant redness in the white of the eyes may indicate dysfunctional circulatory and respiratory system.
 
This connection has many applications, one of which is useful when an anomaly is seen between the eyebrows – an area that relates to the condition of the liver. A vertical line between the eyebrows may indicate liver problems that suggest impaired liver health due to alcohol, poor dietary choices or high stress levels. Do you have a deep crease in your forehead’s center? It may imply that either you often suppress your anger or get angry quickly; both contributing to potentially harmful liver congestion. Therefore, a dysfunctional liver may be detrimental to your overall mental health as well.
Yellowish skin under the eyes may be a sign of overactive liver and gallbladder; water-containing bags under the lower eyelids may suggest congested digestive and excretory systems; and general lack of luster in the eyes may attest to a congested liver. 
The formation of tiny yellow bumps on the eyelids—sometimes referred to as “cholesterol bumps”—may be an indication of high cholesterol level in your diet.
Floaters in the eye and poor night vision—often caused by dry eyes—have a common denominator in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM); they could indicate liver blood deficiency, an imbalance that has the potential to hinder optimal liver function.
Visit my website: Chinese Natural Healing for more information on Chinese health and healing.
 
All in all, your liver plays a pivotal role in your overall health that contributes to your longevity health.
  • The liver turns glucose (blood sugar) into glycogen (energy) for storage in your liver. Your glycogen controls the amount of glucose released into your bloodstream, thereby maintaining your blood sugar level. A healthy blood sugar levels prevents the development of diabetes, which impairs vision and creates many health issues. To live longer, you need a healthy liver.
  • Your liver regulates your carbohydrate metabolism, which plays an important role in weight control.
  • The liver is a fat-burning organ: it not only burns fat but also pumps excess fat out of your body system. Your liver controls your body weight. Too much fat in the abdominal area may impair your fat metabolism, turning your liver into a “fatty liver” which then becomes a fat-storing organ. A “fatty liver” is an obstacle to any attempt at weight loss, which begins at the liver.
  • The liver also stores glycogen, vitamins A and D, the B complex vitamins, iron and copper.
Stephen Lau 
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Self-Confidence and Natural Health

Research at the University of Pennsylvania showed that healthier optimism results in stronger immune system.

According to psychologists, self-confidence is healthy optimism resulting from successful achievements through determined effort. Healthy optimism boosts your immune system, protecting you from disease. Healthy optimism is self-efficacy – an innate belief that a certain behavior will result in a certain outcome. With that belief, you are more determined to pursue your goals and to overcome the challenges in life. With self-efficacy, you will have a more confident attitude towards taking on the challenge of a healthier lifestyle, thus resulting in being younger and healthier for longer.

The following behavior patterns may indicate a lack of confidence:

  • Constantly trying new clothes to improve your image to make yourself acceptable
  • Too much preoccupation with what others may think of you
  • Always comparing yourself with others
  • Letting others put you down
  • Becoming disillusioned too easily

There are many ways to boost your self-confidence for healthy optimism to keep yourself younger for longer:

  • Choose your own healthy eating lifestyle. Do not let society (or culture) or people around you influence what you eat and drink. Personal efficacy is to be in control of your own life. Being in control of your own decisions and their consequences is the attitude that allows you to stay younger for longer.
  • Be more self-expressive. Do not repress the expression of your needs. The more self-expressive you are, the more self-efficacy you demonstrate in your life, and the younger and healthier for longer you will be. Emotions play a role in your immune system.
  • Take action to realize your dreams and goals. Spend more time on the first steps to prepare you for ultimate success. The more prepared you are, the more control you have, the less stress you feel, and the younger you become. Remember, success breeds success.
  • Choose supportive friends, who encourage you instead of putting you down. You generally respond to others’ expressed expectations – a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy.
  • Self-efficacy is managing your disappointments and frustrations, which are inevitable in life or any endeavor. Introspection and self-analysis help your learn from your mistakes, turning failures into success.
  • Sharing success with others, and helping others to succeed not only help your self-efficacy but also sustain your success.

Unstoppable self-confidence makes you not only feel younger but also look younger.

Stephen Lau

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Responsibility for Health and Wellness

The human body has the capability to heal itself; in fact, it has a built-in mechanism for self-healing and health rejuvenation. However, for that mechanism to be fully functional, an optimum environment is required. Body detoxification is the first step toward natural holistic healing. Without this clean-up process for a clean environment, healing will be slow, if not impossible.

The reason why we need the clean-up process is that toxic substances abound in the modern world — from our food, water, and air.

To illustrate, there are more than 100,000 toxic chemicals commonly found in our environment. Our water systems are full of chlorine and fluoride (the dental industry would have us believe that fluoride is good for our teeth), which are known to impair thyroid function. Ingesting vitamins, herbs, and nutrients into the body will not be able to counteract the damage done by these toxic chemicals in the human body.

The heavy metals, such as mercury, cadmium, and lead, can cause not only premature aging but also disease by impairing the brain, kidneys, and the immune system. Unfortunately, we are not immune from these toxic heavy metals. We get aluminum from antacids and cookware, mercury from amalgam fillings (even though the dental industry, supported by the FDA, has repeatedly reiterated that the small amount of mercury present in dental fillings is not detrimental to human health) at all).

The preservatives, food colorings, food enhancers in our processed foods only further load more toxins into our bodies, causing long-term harm.

The common signs of a toxic body are: allergy, constipation, fatigue, headache, insomnia, and pain. Unfortunately, we live in an overly medicated society, so many of us spontaneously turn to pharmaceutical drugs to treat the symptoms of a toxic body. All drugs are chemicals. They may mask the symptoms, and they only add insult to the injury. For holistic healing, take the first step to detoxify your body.

Master Cleanse Secrets shows you how to eliminate internal waste and experience optimum health. It just takes 10 days to have a whole new you. It provides many detox recipes to maintain your natural health.

Heavy Metal Detoxification is a must to complement body detoxification for beautiful health.

Your health is your own, and nobody can make you healthy, except yourself — in particular, if you wish to say: “Doctor, you’re fired!”

Holistic wellness is impossible without taking responsibility for your own actions. You need to develop responsibility if you always say things, such as the following:

  • “Life is always unfair!”
  • “If only I had . . . . .”
  • “I am who I am; I can’t change.”
  • “My problems and troubles never seem to end!”
  • “It’s not my fault that I am the way I am.”

It’s time you developed your responsibility for holistic health and healing. It’s all in the mind, and it’s always mind over matter. Acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own health. Accept that you are entirely responsible for the lifestyle you choose to enhance your holistic wellness. Decide that you choose the direction of your well-being because it is the consequence of your choice to feel or think. Now, visualize yourself as a responsible healthy individual. What you see is what you become.

To help you further develop your responsibility for holistic health and healing, reflect on the aspect of wellness that you have avoided taking personal responsibility. Now, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Why have you avoided taking responsibility over that aspect?
  • How avoiding responsibility has impacted your present health conditions?
  • Now, thinking back, was there another option of taking more responsibility that you could have taken?

Harness your subconscious mind power to develop responsibility for holistic health and healing.

There are actually four worlds that you are living in simultaneously: the physical, the mental, the emotional, and the spiritual. Sometimes it is difficult to change your physical world because it is but a reflection of how you are living in the other three worlds. Therefore, if you wish to change what is now happening around you externally, you have to train yourself to address the issues internally.

Self-Hypnosis For A Better Life

Scientists, psychologists, and sociologists all agree that 95% of a person’s life issues can be traced to the following three areas: health, wealth, and relationships.

Most people live outside of the universal laws and principles that are meant to shape their lives. Most people reject the gifts of the universe that are rightfully theirs; they just live in their physical world.

Learn how to use your subconscious mind to develop responsibility for your holistic health and healing.

The bottom line: an individual has the responsibility for his or her own health and wellness. An individual should read all food labels before any purchase, should empower the mind to eat and stay healthy. The health industry is not going to help much. We all have the responsibility for health and wellness of the body, the mind, and  the soul for overall natural wellness.

Stephen Lau

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