Thursday, October 19, 2017

Live in the Present, Not the Past

We all have a past; some of us may have a pleasant one, while others a less pleasant one. No matter what, the past was gone, and no longer real, except the memory of it. Only the present is real, and that is why it is called "present" -- a gift or present from the Creator.

Letting go of the past may hold the key to living a stress-free life. It is the wisdom of living well in this day and age. In this material world, many of us believe that more is always better. Why do we want more? The explanation is simple: we tend to identify all material things with our ego: the car we drive, the house we live in, the clothes we wear, the career we have. But they are all in our minds, and they don't last. Knowing this ultimate truth, we still hold on to everything in our possession, refusing to let go. This is how we have created stress in our lives.


According to the ancient wisdom of Tao, which is the profound wisdom of Lao Tzu, the ancient sage from China, who was the author of the immortal classic Tao Te Ching, one of the most translated works in world literature, letting go begins with the mind first:

"Letting go is emptying the mundane,
to be filled with heavenly grace.

Blessed is he who has an empty mind.
He will be filled with knowledge and wisdom from the Creator.
Blessed is he who has no attachment to worldly things.
He will be compensated with heavenly riches.
Blessed is he who has no ego-self.
He will be rewarded with humility to connect with the Creator.
Blessed is he who has no judgment of self and others.
He will find contentment and empathy in everyone.

Letting go of everything is the Way to the Creator."
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 9)s

To find out more about the essentials of Tao wisdom, click here.


Life is about mind over matter. To fully harness your mind power, first of all, you need to fully understand the role of the mind and how your mind works, so that it may work for you, instead of against you; and then learn the strategies to fully utilize your mind power. You think and your thoughts become the raw materials with which you weave the fabrics of your life, including your choices and decisions, your actions and reactions; your thinking is based on your perceptions of your past experiences, and the memories of those experiences.

According to Lao Tzu, an empty mind means you let go of all your memories that are responsible for inflating your ego. Without your ego, you have no stress.

Stephen Lau 
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Wisdom in Living

Do you always feel good about yourself?

Wellness is feeling good about self with respect to the body, the mind, and the soul. Wellness may be synonymous with happiness. 

Are you happy? What makes you happy? A successful career, satisfying relationships, good health, or material possessions? Which one, or all of those? No matter what, wellness is what makes you feel good about yourself, and what makes your life meaningful. If your life is without a purpose, and you are always drifting from here to there, you won't feel good about yourself or life in general.

Feeling good about oneself requires wisdom -- wisdom to know who you are and what you want in life. Without wisdom, you will not experience lasting well-being. Without wisdom, your living is like like chasing the wind, without any direction.

Wisdom is essential in the art of living well. It involves wisdom of the mind, the body, and the soul. They are all inter-related and inter-dependent on one another. For example, if you have satisfying relationships but your health is rapidly deteriorating, you will not feel well; or if you have a successful career but are emotionally distressed, you will not be in good spirit. Therefore, the overall wellness is contingent on the holistic wellness of the body, the mind, and the soul. To cherish and nourish this holistic wellness, your need wisdom, which holds the key to happiness and well-being of any individual.

Which is wisdom? Where does it come from?

Wellness begins with the mind first, and not the body or the soul. After all, you are what you have become by reason of your thinking. You are a summary of your thoughts, which make you who you are or what you have now become. Your past experiences and your perceptions of those experiences have "preconditioned" how you currently think. In other words, your background, and upbringing predetermine how your mind perceives your present life experiences. Given that your past exposure might not be telling you the whole truth, you, therefore, need wisdom to "empty" your mind and re-define your current mindset. That is to say, you must learn how to rethink your mind. Thinking is never easy and that is why so few people do it, according to Albert Einstein.

You are living in a physical world, and your life experiences are perceived by your body through the five senses (seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching). But these sensations may be positively or negatively interpreted by the mind, which stores past experiences of those sensations of body in both the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. The former voluntarily accepts or rejects those sensations, while the latter involuntarily includes whatever the subconscious mind is exposed to. True wisdom is the capability of the mind to know what is real and what is unreal. 

Tao wisdom is the ancient wisdom from China that shows you how to have an empty mind first to rethink your mind in order to separate the truths from the half-truths or myths.

Tao wisdom is the essence in the art of living well, It is the profound wisdom of the ancient Chinese sage, Lao Tzu, the author of the immortal classic Tao Te Ching, one of the most translated works in world literature. The book has been popular for thousands of years due to its wisdom, which is simple but controversial, profound and yet intriguing. To fully understand it, you need to get all the essentials of Tao wisdom. Click here for more details.



Stephen Lau
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Another FREE Book to Improve Vision

EYE EXERCISES FOR BETTER VISION
By Stephen Lau

This is a book on using eye exercises to overcome bad vision habits that lead to poor vision. The author explains that the eye is an organ of the body, which is controlled by the mind, vision health is holistic health of the body and the mind. 

Good vision is determined by the flexibility of eye muscles. If you exercise your body, there is no rhyme or reason why you should not exercise your eyes for better vision.

The author himself has poor vision due to his myasthenia gravis, which is an autoimmune disease affecting his eye muscles. He is sharing his own experience to use eye exercises for better vision.

Get this book for FREE. Click here to go to the page for your FREE download.

Stephen Lau

Monday, October 2, 2017

Get Your FREE Book on Weight Management

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All-Round Weight Loss
by Stephen Lau

Everybody wants to lose some weight; some even want to lose a lot more. But almost everybody gains back all the pounds that have been lost, and then some.

Why is that? Because weight loss is not just about eating less—after all, everybody wants to eat more, not less. Weight loss is about everything, just as Oprah Winfrey once said: “My greatest failure was in believing that the weight issue was just about weight.” Oprah was right. Weight loss is all-round; that is, it involves the body, the mind, and the spirit. To illustrate, weight loss is also about the thinking mind; it is the thoughts that make you fat, more than anything else. According to Esther and Jerry Hicks' bestseller "Money and the Law of Attraction," people not only want the food but also believe that the food will make them fat, and thus have created that which they do not want; unfortunately, their thoughts attract what they do not want, so their bodies respond to the thinking mind, and gain instead of losing weight.

Therefore, going on a fad diet, abstaining from certain types of food, reducing calorie consumption-all these only contribute to the weight-loss hype that sustains the billion-dollar weight-loss industry. The consumers forever lose in the battle of the bulge.

ALL-ROUND WEIGHT LOSS is holistic weight management in that it covers every aspect of weight loss, beginning with the mind, the body, and then the spirit, to make weight loss natural and permanent. Only holistic weight management guarantees lasting weight loss. Do not waste money on diets, and weight-loss products and programs that do not work. Follow the author's simple but comprehensive holistic approach to wellness and weight management. Remember, if you are healthy in body, mind, and soul, you will not have any weight problem.

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Stephen Lau









Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Sharing on Facebook to Make Money

Making money online may be effectively accomplished by sharing information on social media, such as Facebook and Twitter. Although starting an online business, such as affiliate or internet marketing, may involve much effort and endeavor, including searching for products to sell, setting up blogs and websites to advertise and promote them with relevant contents, these potential problems can easily be overcome by using the the cloud-based AFFILIATE CONTENT PROFIT APP.

Basically, this is how it works:

Find trending website content created by others.



Put YOUR OWN affiliate offer on other people's website content (by using the cloud-based

App)

Share the website content on Facebook, or other social media websites or witth anyone to start
making money online without selling at all!

The reality is that you can actually make money online by just posting website
content on Facebook! SHARING is the key to this online money making.

In other words, finding CONTENT is no longer a problem. You can actually make money online by just posting website content on Facebook! And the best part is that you DO NOT need to have your own blog or website; you only post website content created by others, and start making money online for yourself.

Get the FREE Software and Training to start making money on Facebook.

Stephen Lau
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Monday, September 25, 2017

Understanding Depression

Depression is no respecter of persons. Millions and millions of people worldwide are afflicted with this mental disease.

You must understand the complications and complexities of this as-old-as-age mental disorder. First and foremost, you must know the depression basics.

The Depression Basics 

Depression is a serious medical illness affecting more than 15 million American adults, and nearly twice as many women (6.7 million) as men (3.2 million) suffering from depressive episodes each year.

Depression can occur at any age, including childhood, the teenage years, and adulthood. This debilitating disorder is more than an abnormal emotional experience of sadness, loss, or hopelessness – it can interfere persistently and significantly with an individual’s thoughts, behavior, mood, activity, and physical health. We are living in a world of depression.

Depression may include anxiety attacks, panic attacks, mood disorders, such as bipolar depression. Different types may have different symptoms and varying degrees of severity, and there are significant individual differences in the symptoms and severity.

Risk factors

Some of the risk factors of mental depression may include:

  • A life-changing event, such as the loss of a loved one or divorce.
  • Chronic illness.
  • Certain medications, including some high blood pressure drugs.
  • Alcohol abuse.
  • A history of child abuse.
  • Sustained problems at home or at work.
  • Physical trauma.
  • Other family members with a prior history of depression.
  • Chronic stress or anxiety.
 Causes of depression

There is no single cause of mental depression. Psychological, biological, and environmental factors may all contribute to its development. Generally, depression may be caused by one or more of the following:

Genetics

There is scientific evidence of a genetic predisposition to mental depression. When there is a family history of the illness, there is an increased risk for developing depression. However, not everyone with a genetic predisposition develops mental depression.

Brain chemical imbalance

Norepinephrine serotonin, and dopamine are three neurotransmitters (chemical messengers that transmit electrical signals between brain cells) are implicated in the cause of mental depression.

Diseases

According to a recent study, half of all people with advanced or terminal cancer suffer from some form of depression, anxiety or adjustment disorders. According to researchers, medical management of cancer has improved significantly over the past 10 years, but mental health care has not been fully integrated into cancer patients’ treatment plans. Research studies show that depression and anxiety can adversely affect a cancer patient’s quality of life and attitudes towards living and dying even more than physical pain.

Hormones

Your mood, memory, and other cognitive functions depend on the efficiency of your neurotransmission, which is the communication between brain cells. Hormones in your body play a pivotal role in regulating chemicals in your neurotransmission —norepinephrineserotonin, and dopamine — which in turn regulates your moods. 

Your estrogen level has significant impact on your brain not only in enhancing the growth and survival of your brain cells, but also in regulating your emotional states, such as anxiety and depression.

As women age, their estrogen levels decline, and they are more vulnerable to depression. As men age, they, too, are at greater risk of major depression due to declining testosterone.

Your thyroid hormone regulates the metabolism of your entire body. Low thyroid hormone levels are both a cause and effect of low estrogen, thus leading to mental depression and mood disorders, such as bipolar depression.

Nutritional deficiencies

Depression may be caused by nutritional deficiency. For example, magnesium deficiency is responsible for neurotransmission abnormalities. All chemical reactions in the body require an enzyme system to initiate the biochemical reaction, and magnesium is a critical co-factor in more than 300 enzymatic reactions in the human body. In addition, magnesium is responsible for neurotransmission abnormalities — the precursors of different types of mental disorders.

 Environmental toxins

Research studies have linked environmental toxins, such as chemicals, pesticides, pollutants, to depression.

Even some commonly prescribed drugs, such as sleeping pills, high-blood pressure drugs, antibiotics, and painkillers are implicated in neurotransmission abnormalities.

New Perspectives of Depression

One of the aims of this blog is to change your perspectives of depression, thereby helping you as well as members of your family. In order to do this, you need not only to know the basics of mental depression, but also to educate yourself as much as possible. Empowering yourself with knowledge is the first step towards recovery from depression.

It is YOUR responsibility to educate yourself to know what is going on in your body, in particular, your mind (visit my blog: Increase Mind Power) Your knowledge of your mental conditions will go a long way in inspiring and fostering better doctor-to-doctor and doctor-to-patient communication, which holds the key to success in the recovery progress.

One of the greatest challenges in modern medicine is how to improve communication among doctors in different fields. For example, a cardiologist may tell his or her patient to stop taking an antidepressant deemed necessary by the psychiatrist. Given that your mental state is indivisible from the functions of your nervous, endocrine, and immune systems, doctors and specialists from various fields must speak the same language for the sake of improving your overall well-being.

Garry Vickar
 (psychiatrist) remarked: “Doctors have a tendency to close their minds to anything other than what they read in their literature.”

Help your doctors become a part of your healing process. Help your doctors and specialists become more open and communicative. You will ultimately benefit the most.

Stephen Lau
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Relax to Sleep

Sleep relaxes and rejuvenates both the body and the mind. Natural sleep is a natural human instinct for relaxation of muscles. According to Chinese medicine, natural sleep is holistic health and wellness. .

In a CNN news report, sleep deprivation affects the size of your brain. In the article, Dr. Neal Maru, a neurologist and sleep specialist with Integrated Sleep Services in Alexandria, Virginia, says: “Poor sleep can affect our immune system, our cardiovascular health, weight, and, of course, memories.” Indeed, insomnia is an immune system wrecker. Therefore, it is important to have natural sleep to protect your immune system to alleviate, if not to cure, your myasthenia gravis disease symptoms. 

Given that sleep is a natural process, it is against nature to artificially induce sleep with medications. Do not use sleep medicine to overcome insomnia. The reason is that all pharmaceutical drugs are loaded with toxic chemicals that further damage your compromised immune system.

Take Control of Your Health and Escape the Sickness Industry: is an informative and inspirational book by Elaine Hollingsworth, the movie-star-turned-heath-crusader, who explains in detail how understanding dangerous drugs, unreliable medical tests, and often-times unnecessary procedures may help you escape the sickness industry through healthy sleep and natural health. Do not fall into the trap of the sickness industry by taking more dangerous drugs, such as sleep medications, which not only are dangerous but also create the drug-dependence.

To overcome insomnia or get natural sleep, perform this simple Chinese Taoist exercise:

  • Lie on your back. Bend both knees.
  • Use both hands to pull your knees towards your chest, and breathe naturally.
  • Hold for one to two minutes, and relax.
  • Straighten your legs, putting your arms and hands at your sides. Relax for one to two minutes.
  • Take a deep breath, and stretch both arms upwards above your head.
  • Then, slowly bring your hands down while you breathe out.
  • Massage your body from your chest to your abdomen for a few minutes.
  • Bring both hands at your sides, and relax.
  • Repeat as necessary until you feel drowsy and fall asleep.
This exercise is good not just for insomnia, but also for your lower back pain, if it is performed on a hard surface.

No ego, no stress,  and no insomnia! Get rid of your ego may help you get rid of your stress, thereby instrumental in making you sleep better.

Stephen Lau
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Monday, September 11, 2017

Happiness and Self-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.

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. Therefore, profound wisdom is to understand how those changes in your life have occurred and shaped your personality, and how adapting yourself to those changes now may still benefit you in the long run. In other words, human wisdom plays a pivotal role in human happiness, without which self-healing of the body and the mind is difficult, if not impossible. 



The Happiness Smoothie

This is a powerful Green Smoothie recipe for happiness, that naturally boosts your feelings of energy and happiness to a level that many people never get to experience. Is this for real? Each ingredient in this smoothie targets various areas of your brain to positively effect your mood, energy levels and overall well being. Imagine waking up tomorrow with a joyful, abundant, potent energy flowing through you.

Stephen Lau
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Monday, September 4, 2017

Weight Management Resources


Nowadays, everybody wants to lose a few pounds, or eliminate his or her body fat, especially around the waist line. Unfortunately, it is easier said than done, and many are lost in the battle of the bulge. The explanation is that weight management is not an easy chore, and it requires not only determination, perseverance, but most importantly the know-how, which is the resources.

Click here to get the resources.





Stephen Lau
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Fixing Forward Head Posture

Healthy posture holds the key to good health and well-being of any individual. Healthy posture is wisdom in living.

Good posture affects optimal breathing, without which you don’t get adequate oxygen, which is essential to your body cells and organs. Unfortunately, many people don’t have good posture because of the way sit, walk, and sleep. A classic example is “forward head posture” which is a characteristic of the elderly.

Many women as men are affected by forward head posture (in fact, women are more likely to suffer from the extra weight they usually carry on their chest which pulls the body forward).

Fix Forward Head Posture helps you fix your poor forward head posture once and for all. Unlike other posture programs which focus on stretching exercises, this unique program focuses closely on the “sequential flow”: that is, it isn’t necessarily about what exercises and stretches are performed, but more about completing them in the right sequence in order to open up and “unravel” the neck so that you can begin to fix your forward head posture and restore balance to your body.

There are a lot videos and online resources dedicated to tackling the problem of forward head posture, yet very few offer a complete solution to fixing the problem at its root.

This unique program has been designed to be used at least three times a week for up to six weeks for maximum effect. Of course, you can go beyond six weeks and incorporate the exercises into your normal program. The full range of 10 exercises didn’t take any more than 15 minutes. Once you have learned the sequence a few times, it will take even less time to complete.

All these exercises are designed to be carried out and completed without any special equipment. You can do the exercises standing, sitting or on the floor.

The benefits of fixing forward head posture are: walking taller, sleeping better, being more confident, boosting testosterone, looking and feeling slimmer and younger.

Stephen Lau      
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Healthy Posture Resources



Sunday, August 20, 2017

Pain Management

If you experience persistent muscle pain, you are not alone. For many individuals, muscle pain may persist for a long period of time even after recovery from injury, strain, or postural misuse. The explanation is that the persistent muscle pain is caused by tender trigger points (TP), which are areas of muscle tension caused by pain from the spine and connected tissues.

Perpetual muscle pain is a sign of poor fitness and lack of well-being. Toxins may have accumulated in a certain area, where persistent muscle pain occurs. Due to poor circulation in that area, more muscle spasm occurs, leading to more pain, and more toxin accumulation, and hence a vicious cycle of unending pain and muscle spasm.

Let’s be realistic: as you get older, you become less active and naturally exercise even less; as a result, you are most likely to experience muscle pain. Use it or lose it -- that's how you lose your muscle flexibility and get your muscle pain.

Don’t readily reach out for a painkiller to stop your muscle pain; it won’t work. As a matter of fact, all painkillers despite their advertising hypes only aggravate your muscle pain conditions because they are toxic chemicals that do more harm than good over the long haul.

The benefits of flexibility stretching are overwhelming in terms of health and wellness:
Flexibility plays a critical role in physical movement and physical performance of an individual.
Firstly, it improves neuromuscular coordination by shortening the time of transmission of brain-to-muscle messages. Secondly, with flexibility, there is less tissue resistance, and hence less energy to complete the range of movement (ROM).

Flexibility stretching can avoid accidents, falls, and injuries. With less muscular and tissue resistance, and improved body balance, there is a reduced chance of falling or getting injuries during movements, and thus avoiding muscle pain.

Flexibility exercises improve resting muscle tension to provide better awareness and postural balance—an essential component of correct breathing. How to breathe right is critical to avoiding muscle pain.

Flexibility fitness enhances the quality of the protective lubricant for joint movement. Better range of movement (ROM) provides more blood supply and nutrients to the lubricant, the decline of which leads to degeneration of joint structures and hence arthritic conditions.

Flexibility stretching increases lumbar and pelvic movements through elongating the hamstrings, hip flexors, and lumbar muscles. The elongation can alleviate lower back pain, as well as other muscle pain.

Flexibility stretching is a great asset to holistic health and fitness. The amount of flexibility required depends on the activity level of an individual. However, excessive range of movement (ROM) without adequate muscle strength may be detrimental in that it increases the effect of degenerative disease and reduces the protective reflexes designed to avoid excessive movement.

Life is too short to be struggling with muscle pain every day. Do something about it. In addition, your life will improve dramatically when you banish the tension, stress, and sleeplessness that drain your energy due to the attack of muscle pain. Flexibility exercise, as opposed to other vigorous exercises such as jogging and weightlifting, which, if not properly executed, may cause more muscle pain.

Yoga is one of the best flexibility exercises not only for pain relief but also for weight loss. It is a myth that you have to do vigorous, grueling exercise to burn calories. The truth of the matter is that you can burn just as many calories (and even more fat) by doing yoga alone. When you do a series of yoga moves together, your body gets a great workout without wreaking havoc with your joints or leaving you out of breath. And you can burn just as many calories as jogging!

Shapeshifter Yoga: Get this most comprehensive video yoga program to relieve muscle pain as well as to lose weight permanently.

Pilates exercise is another flexibility that can help muscle pain relief. Pilates for Back and Joint Pain:  Use pilates exercise to strengthen muscles to avoid back and joint pain.


1. Learn to use massage to stimulate blood circulation as well as to relax muscle stiffness.

2. Aromatherapy uses soothing essential oils to promote well-being and muscle relaxation.

3. Acupuncture prevents stagnation or blockage of "qi" (internal life energy circulating throughout the body). The disruption of the smooth flow of "qi" is the source of buildup of body toxins.

4. Eat a diet rich in calcium, magnesium, and zinc, which benefit natural sleep and help eliminating fatigue.

5. Detoxify your body on a regular basis to rid your body of accumulated toxins.

6. Watch this video to get rid of your back pain.

Stephen Lau
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Let Go of Your Thoughts

In life, we all have undergone many life experiences, both pleasant and unpleasant ones.

We all have a choice when we process the data and information in our minds while undergoing those pleasant and unpleasant experiences: with consciousness, we can always add or delete our own assumptions, expectations, and predictions. Again, with consciousness, we can choose to think about them, or simply reject them. For example, if our thoughts about our past experiences tend to be negative, then we could reject them whenever they pop up in our minds; on the hand, if our thoughts about our past experiences are positive, then we could share them with our friends.

The bottom line: we all have a choice about what is happening in our minds. If an unpleasant past experience pops up in  the brain, make a conscious effort to distract it by thinking about something else instead. We all have a choice.


If you just don't die and continue to live to a ripe old age, you will certainly have many unpleasant experiences that might have left many indelible imprints in your mind. These negative memories will continue to show up every now and then, especially when you are all alone by yourself. Therefore, it is important to be always conscious of their presence, as well as how they may affect your thinking mind. Remember, they belonged to the past, which was gone forever. Even positive memories with positive emotions might turn negative, if you compare them with your present situation.

The bottom line: let go of all thoughts related to the past; instead, always be conscious of the present because the past was gone, and the future is uncertain, and only the present is real. Just have the wisdom of letting go.

Stephen Lau
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