Saturday, November 26, 2016

Consciousness of Life and Living

Are you unhappy in your senior years? Are you facing many life changes and challenges that devastate you? You’re not alone!

You cannot change what is unchangeable or irreversible. But you can change your mind by changing your perspectives, and still live your life as if everything is amiracle.

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 is wisdom of the mind to understand the self, others, as well as how and why certain things happen. Wisdom is the capability of the self to ask self-intuitive questions along the life journey.

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!

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

Stephen Lau

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Mind Secrets for Health and Healing

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 perceived by your mind through your five senses, and they then become your memories stored at the back of your subconscious mind. Your mind controls your body, which may positively or negatively affect your mind, and ultimately your soul. Therefore, wisdom in living begins with the mind. If you can control your mind, you can control your thoughts, and hence how you live your life. If you wish miracle in living, enhance your mind power to have optimum health so that you may say: "Doctor, you're fired!"
Rethink your mind, renew your body, and reconnect your soul to live your life as if everything is a miracle, otherwise you will be living as if nothing is a miracle. Click here for your digital download, and here for your paperback copy of As If Everything Is A Miracle.

Mind Secrets Exposed: Learn the art of getting what you want out of life. If you find yourself facing constant frustration from never-ending problems in life, or you feel as though your life is a proverbial treadmill, not going anywhere. Now is the time to take charge of your life. It is all in your subconscious mind that is the real power center of your being and the "headquarters" of your body. Use state-of-the-art subliminal messages to transform your subconscious mind in order to change your conscious mind.

Stephen Lau
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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Happiness and Healing

Self-healing begins when you are wise and happy. Mental happiness and body wellness are interrelated. If you are happy, your body will heal faster. It’s just that simple.

But happiness is not easy to come by, especially when your mind is not prepared to receive it. The mind needs wisdom to create happiness thoughts to stimulate the brain cells to produce chemicals that make one happy. Genuine human happiness comes from human thoughts that are the components of human personality. Therefore,  understanding personality development may throw some light on why you are happy or unhappy.

If you wish to be happy, you must understand the psychology of happiness.

According to the famous psychologist Erik Erikson, your personality has evolved through several decades of changes and experiences, resulting in who and what you have now become. According to Erik Erikson, there are eight life stages. through which you may have gone through to become who and what you are right now. These eight psychosocial development stages are as follows:

Trust and Mistrust

In this first stage, from birth to age one, you may have experienced and developed trust or mistrust that affects how you feel about the benevolence of the world around you.

Independence and Doubt

In the toddler stage, you began to develop your self-trust, which leads to independence. With self-trust, you began to learn how to walk. In this stage, however, you might also have developed self-doubt that leads to shame later in life. This may be the underlying cause of failing to take risks in later life, missing some golden opportunities to improve your life, and thus making you feel unhappy and unfulfilled.

Creativity and Guilt

In preschool years, you begain to exercise your mind to acquire initiative and express creativity. The capability to express freely your initiative and creativity might have helped you develop the playful and positive side of your nature. Under restraint, on the other hand, you might have developed guilt, lack of self-confidence, and inability to get close to others.

Industry and Inferiority

From age five to eleven, you began to experience fulfillment in accomplishment or disappointment in failure. This is often a result of acquiring the society’s work ethics. You might  begin to believe in your abilities and feel motivated to work hard. On the other hand, if you became lazy, you might develop poor work habits that might adversely affect your career later in life.

Identity and Diffusion

In adolescent, you might begin to explore yourself, finding out who you were and what you wanted out of life. You might channel your energy into a field we love, and derive pleasure from seeing what you might have accomplished. This growth in your sense of self determined whether or not you might have an “identity crisis.”

Intimacy and Withdrawal

In early adulthood, you developed intimacy, which is a quality of an individual, and not the couple. The ability to develop and maintain a long-term relationship is an asset. However, many of us may experience difficulty in achieving closeness with others, or even maintaining a long-lasting relationship, resulting in inner loneliness that causes us to doubt even our own remarkable accomplishments in life.

Compassion and Selfishness

In middle age, you might become more connected to future generations, as evidenced by being a parent, a mentor, and a supervisor. However, you might also become self-focusing, alienating yourself from the next generation, and thus creating the “generation gap.”

Ego and Despair

In old age, by letting go of the ego, you might accept both your successes and failures, and thus have a healthy perspective on life. However, you might also look back at your own past experiences and the world in general with disdain and regret, and thus you become despaired and unhappy.

The Book of Life and Living (2nd edition) is a 200-page book that explains what true wisdom is: it is a process of asking meaningful questions and getting relevant answers from them to empower your mind to think differently. After all, life has to do with thinking -- how you think, how you react to your life experiences, and how you process and internalize them to become your memories. The brain is a complex organ. The book explains in simple layman language how the mind works, and how you may weave the fabrics of your realities acquired from your life experiences encountered.

Stephen Lau 

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Healthy Herbs

Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, once said: “Let food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food.” There is much wisdom in what he said. Unfortunately, nowadays we are constantly bombarded with ads and the media about medications and pharmaceutical drugs, which are no more than toxic chemicals aimed at making you forever dependent on them because they only address your symptoms but without curing you of your ailments and disorders.

Herbs, on the other hand, are natural foods that can improve your health conditions. Of course, they do not offer instant cures.

“Ginseng is a natural herb with its branched roots in the shape resembling that of the human form, and that is why it is called “man root” in Chinese.

Ginseng is the king of herbs because of its potency in healing and nourishing for rejuvenation. It has qualities that treat the entire body and not just a part of it. As such, it is used to keep the body balanced and healthy. The potency of ginseng has long been recognized; in ancient China, soldiers were given ginseng before they entered the battlefield: they used it not only to restore strength, but also to ameliorate the effects of shock and stress in the battle itself.

According to Chinese medicine, ginseng brightens your eyes, opens your heart, enlightens your brain, and strengthens your soul and spirit. For centuries, ginseng has been present in many classical prescriptions for adjustive, preventive, and restorative purposes.

The human body is a self-cleaning mechanism, which utilizes the liver, kidneys, urine, feces, breath, and sweat for detoxification of toxins. Ginseng is instrumental in helping the metabolism for detox and weight control with stopping food cravings.

In addition, ginseng benefits the mind by overcoming burnout, irritability, mental fatigue and concentration problems.

Most importantly, ginseng is anti-aging in that it helps memory problem, a major characteristic of aging. Ginseng stimulates the production of DHEA, a hormone produced by the adrenal glands, responsible for protecting human memory. It is recommended to take 20 drops of ginseng tincture three times a day for 6 weeks, and then stop for 2 weeks before repeating the cycle.The explanation is that it may prevent your body from adapting to the ginseng and thus causing the herb to lose its potency. Ginseng tincture helps sleep, mobility, and joint health, which are especially important in aging.

Ginseng is the king of the herbs because it provides holistic health for the body and the mind at any age.

TIPS: Some of the most common healthy herbs include: black walnut, cascara sagrada, cayenne, dandelion, Echinacea, fennel seed, Indian rhubarb root, licorice root, milk thistle, psyllium husk, red clover, slipper elm inner bark, and yarrow.

The above is from Health and Wisdom Tips.

Use herbs in your cooking: herbs, such as garlic and ginger, cinnamon etc.

Stephen Lau

Friday, November 11, 2016

Miracle of Walking

Walk as if everything is a miracle. Walking is one of the most common exercises because it is simple and easy to do—you just walk. Be that as it may, many people don’t know how to walk, or rather they don’t know to walk to make them live longer as if everything is a miracle in promoting longer life.

We all know that walking as an exercise promotes better circulation and hence better heart health that plays a pivotal role in longevity. Walking can make your brain healthier due to better blood circulation to your brain, and thus preventing it from aging. Remember, what is good for the heart is also good for the brain. But walking can make you wiser, too.

First of all, don’t exercise your feet simply because you have to get to some place to do something or to get what you want. In addition to reaping the health benefits of walking as an exercise, walking can enhance your wisdom.

Most of us just walk with our feet, but without fully utilizing the exercise of walking. That is to say, because walking is so automatic and mechanical that we no long pay any attention to our walking. In other words, we don’t concentrate when we are walking. We are so caught up with our destination—such as attending a meeting, or going shopping—that we are completely oblivious of the process of walking. Even if we are using walking as an exercise, we may become so engrossed in listening to music on the MP3 or talking to someone on our cell phone that we pay no attention to the movements of our feet because we have put them on automatic pilot.

If you are walking like the above scenarios, your are neither helping to protect your brain from aging, nor using walking to enhance your wisdom . As you age, your brain's cognitive functions also decline, such as you experience more memory lapses and you find it more difficult to learn new things. We are living in an age of speed, which creates a compulsive mind; unfortunately, a compulsive mind ages faster. The explanation is simple: like the body, a mind needs a break. If you overexert your body, it breaks down; likewise, a mind that seldom rests declines rapidly. 

How can walking increase your wisdom?

Wisdom has to do with awareness, concentration, and clear thinking, not just accumulation of facts and information. A knowledgeable person may not be wise. Mindfulness holds the key to attaining wisdom. Mindfulness is awareness of what is happening around you: with concentration, you have better perception and greater understanding of events and happenings; with relaxation, you have clearer thinking—they are attributes of wisdom.

How to walk to enhance wisdom?

Mindfulness walking is the answer. That is, be mindful of how your feet move; pay attention to the shifting of your body weight as you move from your right foot to the left foot. Also, pay attention to your breaths: how you breathe in and breathe out, as well as the intensity of your breaths and how it affects the sensations of your body, such as the feelings of your soles and toes as your shoes touch the ground. Just practice paying attention to what is happening to your body as you are walking. Or you can focus your attention on the surrounding, such as the buildings and people around you. Practicing mindfulness walking can expand your mental capability.

Mindfulness walking also enables your mind to relax. Only a relaxed mind can think with clarity. The only way to still a mind is concentrate on something automatic and spontaneous, such as walking. The objective of the concentration is to distract the mind from thinking, which seldom does, except in sleeping. Even in deep sleep, the mind may continue to work in a passive way to weave out dreams or nightmares. Therefore, it is important to stop your brain from thinking so as to give it a meaningful break. Mental relaxation holds the key to relaxing the brain from mental stress.

Don't just walk! Walk with consciousness; walk with mindfulness; walk with concentration. Try this out the next time you walk. Walk as if everything is a miracle!

Read my most recently published book: As If Everything Is A Miracle. This 125-page book explains how to “rethink” your mind so as to remove toxic thoughts, toxic emotions, and toxic memories from your mind. You are your thoughts, and your thoughts become your reality. Your mind controls your body in the physical world, especially its choices and decisions that may lead to a toxic body. Given the close connection between the body and the mind, a toxic body may also contaminate the mind, and thus creating a vicious circle of body and mind toxins. Learn how to “rethink” your mind, “renew” your body, as well as to “reconnect” your soul so that there is alignment of the body, the mind, and the soul, without which you will be living as if nothing is a miracle. To instantly download the Amazon Kindle edition,  ($3.49) click here; to purchase the paperback edition, click here.

Stephen Lau
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Ancient Wisdom to Lose Weight

Weight control is difficult to control. It is never easy, as evidenced by the deluge of fad diets flooding the consumer market.
Why is weight control so difficult?
 It is difficult because those who have a weight problem never try to fully understand the basics of weight gain or weight loss. For your body to lose weight, it must expend more calories than it consumes. It is all right if you consume more calories, but you must also burn more calories through exercise and physical activities, which include even sleep. There is no shortcut to weight loss. Cutting corners or going for quick fixes with fad diets does not work long term because they mess up the body's internal metabolism, leading to yo-yo weight fluctuations, which result in ultimate weight gain rather loss
For optimum weight control, follow the ancient wisdom of the sages.
Luigi Cornaro
Luigi Cornaro was a Venetian nobleman, who lived from 1464 to 1566 AD. Luigi is famous for his longevity living in relation to calorie restriction, which brought him not only health but also a long life free from physical ailments. His wisdom, expressed in his discourses when he was in his eighties and nineties, has been an inspiration for more than five centuries for those who wish to live long and to have quality of life free from ailments and disorders.
In his early years, Luigi had led a wanton life with all types of excess and indulgences, and he had been plagued by ailments and illnesses that he had no wish to live. The turning point in his life came when he embraced the wisdom to turn his life around by adopting a simple lifestyle and a diet of low calories. His health improved significantly. Life had become a real joy for Luigi, and his later years of life were by far the best, enjoying complete freedom from pain, ailments and diseases because he simply ate only as much food as he needed to survive and no more--a calorie restriction diet.
In his own words, Luigi advised: ". . . he who leads the temperate life can never fall sick, or at least can do so only rarely; and his indisposition lasts but a very short while. For, by living temperately, he removes all the causes of illness; and, having removed these, he thereby removes the effects. So the man who lives the orderly life should have no fear of sickness; for surely he has no reason to fear an effect, the cause of which is under his own control. . ."According to Luigi, "each person is his or her own best physician" and "the temperate lifestyle is the best medicine." So, the best medicine for weight control is eating less, and the best doctor is yourself.
Lao Tzu
Lao Tzu was one of the greatest philosophers from ancient China. His famous work Tao Te Ching is the most translated work in world literature, only second to the Bible. Lao Tzu's wisdom was concise and controversial, with profound insight into how to live a life of peace and harmony. 
According to Lao Tzu, “There is nothing worse than not knowing when one has enough. There is no greater fault than the desire for things. The one who knows when enough is enough will always have enough.” Lao Tzu advocated a life of simplicity in which one follows the golden mean of “eating less” and “temperate living” or "calorie restriction,”   which is the desirable middle between two extremes, one of excess and the other of deficiency. 
Lao Tzu also said: “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” He emphasized the wisdom of non-doing, which is essentially letting nature take its course. In other words, if you wish to lose weight, you should not interrupt the functioning of your body's metabolism. Follow the ancient wisdom of living for holistic health of the body, the mind, and the soul; you will not be concerned with weight control. Did your ancestors ever go on a diet?
Stephen Lau
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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Importance of Breath

Human breath can heal. Breath is the gift of life. Without breath, you are going to die within minutes. Breath is critically important not only to life and living, but also to healing. However, it is equally important that you are aware of your breath, because your awareness means you are aware of many other things in life, such as your heath, your diet, and, in particular, your thinking, which is mindfulness. This awareness will let you make changes in your lifestyle, such as giving up smoking and drinking.

Unfortunately, you may have become totally unaware of your breath because breathing is so spontaneous that it is second nature to you.

Everyday you may also be bombarded with hypes by the multi-media and modern technology; they become toxic thoughts in your mind, controlling how you think, just as the French philosopher Descartes’ famous statement: “I think; therefore, I am.” In other words your thinking mind controls your everyday decisions that may affect your capability to heal over the long haul.

But how is breath related to healing?

First of all, correct breathing is critical to your health. Babies breathe naturally. But as you grow up, your breath becomes compromised, getting worse and not better with each day passing.

Correct breathing affects your posture, which affects your physique, including your physical health. Correct breathing means you breathe in sufficient oxygen and breathe out as much as possible all the toxic fumes and carbon dioxide from your body. Breathing is a natural rejuvenation and detoxification process. Unfortunately, you may have incomplete or compromised breathing, leading to shortness of breath and accumulation of toxins inside your body. To have correct breathing (which means the breathing out should be longer than the breathing in) and complete breath (which means you use your diaphragm—the muscle between the lungs and the tummy—to push air and fill up the upper lungs), you have to be mindful of your breath—the breath to heal.

Awareness of your breath also means quieting your mind. A quiet mind—when you are totally aware of how your breathe in and breathe out, how the air goes in and out of your nostrils, how your diaphragm muscles move up and down—momentarily stops your compulsive mind from thinking. In other words, a quiet mind relaxes your whole being.  According to St. Theresa of Avila, the mind is like an unbridled horse wandering randomly, and your role is to train your horse, and gently bring it back to the right course. When your mind is quiet, your stress disappears, and your healing begins to take place.

The Chinese breath is healing breath: it helps you effectively and efficiently use oxygen 24 hours a day. The Chinese breath lowers your blood pressure, calms your nerves, and alleviates your body pain, if there is any. In addition, the Chinese breath improves the overall emotional health through clarity of the mind.

According to Chinese medicine, the two most important health regulators of the body are breath and blood flow. Optimum breathing brings oxygen to every cell in your organs and tissues; while smooth blood flow carries nutrients to nourish them. Without the efficient functioning of breath and blood flow, the overall health of an individual is compromised, resulting in imbalance and disharmony, which are the obstacles to healing.

Hence, the importance of the human breath cannot be overstated. Your body organs, including the liver, spleen, kidneys, glands, and digestive valves are all connected to the diaphragm, which basically moves the air circulation within the body when you breathe (not the chest) in and out. Without moving the diaphragm, you breathe only partially and incompletely. The Chinese breath focuses on correct breathing with the diaphragm. Essentially, when your diaphragm does down, your lungs fill up with air; when your diaphragm goes up, your lungs push the air out, expelling the toxic carbon dioxide. Incomplete breathing (when you use your lungs, instead of the diaphragm, to breathe in and breathe out) leads to accumulation of toxic wastes in the lungs and in other parts of your body organs and tissues. Diaphragm breathing is correct breathing to boost health and wellness, thereby promoting self-healing.

Tai Chi Exercises for Life and Health: You only need to change the way you breathe to transform your physical and mental health! Learn to breathe right!

Stephen Lau
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