Saturday, February 25, 2017

Memory Loss in Seniors

The brain, as one of the most important body organs as well as the control center of your life and well-being, undergoes changes, resulting in memory decline. The degree of decline varies in individuals due to their differences in lifestyle and their genetic makeup. Memory loss is an impediment, but do not let it be your stumbling block in the rest of your life journey.

Senior moments

The human mind declines and memories start to wane after the age of 30 or so. As many people hit middle age, they often start to notice that their memory and mental clarity are not what they used to be. They suddenly cannot remember where they put their keys or eyeglasses just a moment ago, or an old acquaintance's name or even the name of an old band they used to love. As the brain fades, they euphemistically refer to these occurrences as “senior moments.” Senior moments are becoming increasingly annoying and even frustrating as you continue in your aging process.

Have you, too, experienced your senior moments?

Frailty of memory may be due to many factors, including brain damage, alcohol and nicotine use, constipation, and dehydration (common among seniors due to their reduced consumption of water for fear of incontinence), depression, and pharmaceutical drugs (especially those anesthetic agents, benzodiazepines, and among others).

The storage of information in the brain hinges on consciousness. First of all, you must be fully conscious of its importance before you will decide to store it. If you think it is really important, then you must put it away in a safe place where you can easily retrieve it later. Finally, when you want to retrieve it, you must know or remember where to look for it. It is all about consciousness.

In the scenario of not knowing where you have put your keys or eyeglasses, first and foremost, you must make an immediate deliberate mental note that you will need your keys or eyeglasses as soon as you take them off; then, be conscious of the place where you put them, for example, right next to your cell phone or in front of the TV; when you need to find them, you can readily recall the place where you put them.

Of course, another option is to put your keys or eyeglasses in an assigned place, where you can always find them, but that will not help you remember where you put them. In addition, it may not always be possible to put them in the same place all the time. The bottom line: learn to be conscious of any new information you want to retrieve later, and make a deliberate effort to remember where you store that information. You must always train your mind for better memory. Just practice this consciousness not just for your keys or eyeglasses but for all other things. With more practice, you will soon find that your memory has significantly improved, instead of having deteriorated further due to lack of use!

Managing memory-loss problems

Memory-loss problems may often interfere with your daily living throughout the rest of your life. The good news is that numerous conditions associated with memory impairment are treatable and even reversible, especially when the conditions causing the delirium are successfully addressed, such as deficiency in vitamin B12, autoimmune diseases, and depression. However, when these memory-loss conditions remain untreated for more than six months to a year, clinical  experience has suggested that the prognosis for full recovery of memory function may become slim and the damage to mental health may be even permanent and irreversible.

To manage your memory-loss problems, you may try mnemonic aids (use of lists and reminders) and self-cuing. Use visual cues and mental associations to “jog” your memory.

Learn to process new information step by step, and one step at a time, to allow yourself more time to get the hang of it.

Avoid prescription drugs wherever possible. Over-the-counter drugs, such as sleeping pills, and antihistamines, such as Benadryl and Tylenol PM, contain dangerous chemicals, which may cause memory loss or decline. Anti-anxiety medications and antidepressants may also have adverse side effects on the brain. Avoid them as much as possible.

Go off the beaten track to break your old habits from time to time in order to stimulate your brain cells. According to Dr. Randolph B. Schiffer, Director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, occasionally going off the beaten track is “good for the soul.” So, every now and then, do something out of the ordinary just to stimulate your brain.
Engage in challenging endeavors, such as crossword puzzles, adult learning, or learning a musical instrument.

Reduce stress, which interferes with concentration and staying focused. Anxiety dampens your mental ability, especially your memory skills to recall stored information.

Learn to use the Chinese Tai Chi breathing to inhale memories and exhale worries. Tai Chi not only de-stresses you but also enhances your mental alertness, in particular, your memory power. Change the incorrect way you breathe to avoid breathing difficulties, which are common among the elderly. Learn the correct way to breathe for total relaxation.

Use meditation to relax your body and mind for better memory enhancement.

Apply the principle of "present-mindedness" to avoid absent-mindedness and to focus on the present moment. You just need to be aware of an action while it is taking place, and not after it has already taken place, because it will be too late by then. This “present awareness” can be applied to almost anything you do in your daily life. What you need is to practice consciousness and concentration.

Of course, the best and most effective way to manage your memory is to use it, instead of relying on cues or reminders.


Stephen Lau
Copyright© by Stephen Lau

Friday, February 17, 2017

Dealing With A Compulsive Mind

We all have a compulsive mind, which is thinking non-stop without our conscious awareness.

Because our mind does not voluntarily stay in the present moment, constantly shuffling back and forth between the past and the future, the only way to stop this compulsive thinking mind is to direct it to the present moment. When our mind stays in the present moment, it stops its thinking process of the past or the future—at least for the time being. To make our mind remain in the present moment—even though for just a short moment—we need acute awareness and deep concentration. To do that, we need constant and regular practice to focus or re-focus our mind on the present moment.

Once we can stop, at will, our mind from thinking, we have control over our thinking process, we are no longer a slave to your thoughts, and our mind becomes once again our friend, instead of our enemy. Learn to switch our mind on and off, just as we do with our computer.

Remember, we are all addicted to thinking, whether we want it or not; we must stop our thinking sometime and somehow.

Mind Training Exercises to Focus on the Present Moment

In your everyday life, you can practice mind training to focus on the present moment. Essentially, you are giving your full attention to what you are doing at that very present moment.

Focusing on the present moment makes you forget the past and the future.

To illustrate, some people like to engage in dangerous sports, such as car racing or skydiving, because they would like to obliterate thoughts of the past and the future by focusing only on the thrills of the present moment.

If your mind is fully engaged in doing something, you will not be thinking of the past or the future, just like the car racers or skydivers. It is only when you are half-engaged mentally, then your mind begins to wander, letting your subconscious mind take over.

There is a difference between the knowledge mind and the thinking mind. The former provides facts or information about something or someone; the latter provides labels, judgments and opinions. Practice mind training to focus on the present moment so as to withdraw the thinking mind from the past and the future whenever it is not needed.

For example, you can focus your mind on your breathing. Notice how you breathe in and breathe out, how your body feels during inhalation and exhalation, and how the flow and rhythm of your breaths are affecting your mind. Put some stick-on notes on your computer monitor or anywhere in your house to remind you to practice conscious breathing every now and then throughout the day. Practicing conscious breathing for 2-3 minutes every hour or so does not interrupt with your daily work; just form this good habit of mindfulness and internal focus.

For example, you can focus your mind on your walking. Pay close attention to every step, every movement of your hands and feet, your breathing, and your body sensations while you are walking. Many people do their walking while listening to their music, or worse, talking on the cell phone; they are not letting their minds focus on the present moment.

Stephen Lau

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Mental Problems Associated With Aging

Some elderly complain of having bugs crawling under their skin or on their faces. These are no more than hallucinations. So, why do some of the elderly suffer from hallucinations?

A hallucination does not require an external stimulus for a person to see, smell or hear things that are not present. This is an abnormal perception, and many elderly people end up suffering from hallucinations. However, hallucinations can be controlled through medications in the majority of the cases.

There are several reasons for hallucinations: they can occur due to fatigue, emotional exhaustion, insomnia, depression, cancer of the brain, head trauma, high grade fever, liver failure, lesions in the brain, or demise of a close friend or a loved one.

The most common cause for hallucinations among seniors is a health condition known as Charles Bonnet Syndrome. This syndrome is prevalent among seniors who have lost their vision.

Another cause for hallucinations in the elderly, both visual and auditory, occur in seniors who are suffering from sundowning syndrome. The symptoms of this syndrome occur late in the afternoons, evenings, and nights and are seen in seniors who have dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and psychosis, which is a loss of connection to reality. Psychotic patients are unable to tell what is real from what is imaginary. They experience delusions, which means having false beliefs about who they are or what is happening to them, and hallucinations—seeing, hearing, smelling, or tasting something that is not really there.

Neuroscientists increasingly believe that the brain needs exercise in much the same way our muscles do, and the right mental workouts can significantly improve our basic cognitive functions.  Thinking is essentially a process of making neural connections in the brain.  To a certain extent, our ability to excel in making the neural connections that drive intelligence is inherited.  However, because these connections are made through effort and practice, scientists believe that intelligence can expand and fluctuate according to mental effort.

As many people hit middle age, they often start to notice that their memory and mental clarity are not what they used to be.  They suddenly can't remember where they put the keys just a moment ago, or an old acquaintance's name, or the name of an old band they used to love.  These are just “senior moments” experienced by many as they continue to age.

Enhancing memory and attention can help you overcome many mental problems associated with aging.

Stephen Lau

Copyright© by Stephen Lau

Friday, February 10, 2017

Asking Questions Is Mind Power

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 li The desire to live well is as old as age. Everybody desires a life that is happy and well lived.

To live well, however, one must ask questions about life; after all, life is about asking questions and finding intelligent answers to the questions asked. Living for life is never easy because it requires wisdom, which is essentially finding answers to questions about life and living. In the Bible, Jesus said: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find . . .” (Matthew 7:7) In real life, we must ask ourselves questions at all times.

Asking questions is introspection, which is a process of self-reflection, without which there is no self-awareness and hence no personal growth and development. A static life is never a life well lived. Therefore, asking questions is self-empowering wisdom—a life-skill tool necessary for the art of living well.

Why is that?

It is because the kind of questions you ask determines the kind of life you are going to live. Your questions trigger a set of mental answers, which may lead to actions or inactions, based on the choices you make from the answers you have obtained. Remember, your life is always the sum of all choices you make in the proces.

ve 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?"

Read my book “You Just Don’t Die!

The objective of this 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 as if everything is a miracle—if you just don’t die!

Stephen Lau
Copyright© by Stephen Lau

Monday, February 6, 2017

An Empty Mindset With Reverse Thinking

Clarity of thinking is important in the wisdom in living. You need an empty mind in order to have new perceptions, interpretations, and assumptions so that all your assumptions may have many more exceptions. The problem with many of us is that we often act and react according to our own assumptions.

Lao Tzu, the ancient sage from China, who wrote the immortal classic "Tao Te Ching" on human wisdom, says that reverse thinking is more than thinking out of the box: it is creating its own box of unconditioned thinking.

“We need a still and composed mind
to see things with greater clarity.
Because trouble begins in the mind
with small and unrelated thoughts.
So we carefully watch the mind
to stop any trouble before it begins.
Thus we put things in order
before they become out of order.”
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 64)

An illustration of conditioned thinking is that “extra effort” will ultimately lead to success in any human endeavor, or the conditioned mindset of “the more, the better.” There was an ancient Chinese fable about a competition in drawing, in which candidates were asked to draw a snake in detail. One of the candidates finished his drawing sooner than all the rest of the competitors. Thinking that extra effort might give him extra credit, he took it upon himself to add some detailed legs to the snake. As a result of his extra effort, he was disqualified, and lost the competition.

The contemporary culture of “more is more” and “buy more, have more” is almost on everyone’s mind. However, according to Lao Tzu's reverse mindset of “less for more,” the less effort you make, the greater chance of success you will have because extra effort is often accompanied by more stress and more problems down the road that may, ironically enough, become obstacles on your road to success.

“That essentially means:
the more effort we exert, the more failure we experience;
the more weapons we make, the more danger we encounter;
the more laws we enact, the more law-breakers we produce.”
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 57)

An empty mindset with reverse thinking may help you look at life very differently.

Stephen Lau


Copyright© by Stephen Lau

Friday, February 3, 2017

A Zen Mind

Holistic living means you have a healthy body, mind, and soul. Holistic wellness begins with the mind first, because the mind is the most powerful body organ that controls everything that the body does. A toxic mind often produces a toxic body that leads to a toxic soul. We are living in a toxic environment that may easily contaminate the mind with toxic thoughts, leading to toxic actions, resulting in toxic emotions and memories.

The human mind is most powerful in that it controls everything that the body does, and therefore determines the kind of life we are going to lead. According to Descartes, one of the great philosophers of all time, we become what we think; as evidenced by his famous statement: “I think, therefore I am.” Our thoughts shape us into who we are and transform us into what we have now become. In other words, our thoughts become our “realities.” The pivotal role of our thinking in holistic living cannot be overstated.

Be that as it may, our thoughts don’t tell us the whole truth about who and what we we think we are. That is, our minds may weave many self-deceptions that tell us everything but the truths, and they become our “realities.” The result is that we may self-doubt when we try to excel; we may feel confused and distracted when we try to concentrate; we may dwell on the past or the future when we try to focus on the present. In reality, many of us may have developed a compulsive mind that is constantly obsessed with past thoughts, which are often projected into the future as desires and expectations. A compulsive mind will not let us have holistic living because only a quiet mind will let us see the truths about what and who we are. A quiet mind is Zen mind..

What exactly is a Zen mind? A Zen mind focuses on quietude and spontaneity, which are attributes of internal peace and harmony of the body, the mind, and the soul. When the mind is quiet—in absence of the fear of the sound of silence—the mind can experience clarity of thinking, that may enable the understanding of spontaneity. Spontaneity is the wisdom of letting things follow their respective courses or their natural cycles, such as the four seasons, or life is always followed by death. Everything in life has its own natural cycle.

It must be mentioned that Zen is not a religion, although subsequently it became the source of Zen Buddhism. Zen is just a way of life, with its origin from the wisdom of Tao, which is based on the profound wisdom of the ancient sage Lao Tzu from China, who was the author of the immortal ancient classic “Tao Te Ching.”

A Zen mind is a mental condition in which the mind becomes totally relaxed, without regrets of the past and worries about the future. It is relaxed because it focuses on the present moment. Focusing on the present quiets down your compulsive mind so that you may objectively look at your own thinking mind to see if your thoughts are telling you the absolute truths. With clarity of mind, you may then be able to live as if everything is a miracle to get the holistic wellness of your body, mind, and soul.

Holothink Meditation can change your life forever. It is one of the best Zen meditation products in the market. Try it for free and see how and why.meditation may help you in holistic living.

To have better understanding of Tao wisdom, read my book TAO The Way to Biblical wisdom.

Stephen Lau
Copyright© 2017 by Stephen Lau

Monday, January 23, 2017

Depression and Self-Suggestions

Depression is one of the most devastating mental illnesses. Unlike other physical ailments, depression deprives an individual of an identify:  the individual can go on for years without getting anything done, or having any idea what to do with life; drifting from one thing to another, and not knowing what to want from life. Spiraling down into a black bottomless pit of despair, the individual simply loses the capability to live well.

If you are suffering from mental depression, you are not alone. There are millions of people all over the world who have this disorder.  

In depression, you tend to see things with your brain, instead of with your eyes; similarly, you hear with your brain and not with your ears. Perception is all in the mind. But, unfortunately, these deceptive perceptions become so "real" to you that you begin to "believe" in them, especially when they continually talk to you as internal dialogues.

People with mental depression usually more succumb to muddled thinking: there are too many thoughts filtering through their minds. As a result, they have a tendency to analyze or to explain their perceptions so as to make some sense of or to draw some conclusions from what is going through their minds. Unfortunately, analyzing or thinking through what is in the mind will only create more mental blockages or internal dialogues that only perpetuate the inertness and aggravate the sense of loss, which are the characteristics of a depressive mind. Getting rid of your internal dialogues may help your depressive mind. 

Alternatively, you can use your internal dialogues as self-suggestions to your advantage. Self-suggestions are powerful mind power tools that can alter your thoughts to achieve your personal goals in life, to enhance your well-being, to promote your physical wellness—most notably, to change your mind about depression. Self-suggestions are internal dialogues that you deliver to yourself: you are in fact talking to yourself or your subconscious or unconscious mind in the form of self-talk or self-persuasion in order to create a "reality" to bring about some action from the conscious mind. In other words, self-suggestions are ideas or notions that elicit a response in thought or behavior to counteract the depression.

Those suffering from mental depression must have undergone some traumatic life experiences that triggered their depression. Depression does not just happen to any individual without a reason. Letting go is the answer: Instead of explaining or striving to explain any given situation or event, just learn to let go. The ability to let go of what you are desperately holding on to holds the key to recovery from depression.  Unfortunately, letting go is easier said than done. The good news is that you can use self-suggestions to change your subconscious mind, thereby changing your conscious mind to let go of any negative emotions and thoughts you may have. Your conscious mind might have relinquished all depressive thoughts of past experiences, but your subconscious mind may still be clinging on to them like leech. 

The only way to access your subconscious mind is through meditation, which can give not only clarity of mind, but also the perception of priorities in life. Once your mind is clear, and you see the top priorities in your life, you will begin to look at everything in perspective. Knowing what is the most important and the least important may help you let go. Through meditation, you can conduct internal dialogues, which are affirmations, with your subconscious mind, thereby instrumental in changing your conscious mind. Your subconscious mind can influence your conscious mind to let go.

Once the mind becomes uncluttered, depressive thoughts may dissipate. If you wish to heal your depression, you need to heal your mind first. It is always mind over matter.

Stephen Lau
Copyright© by Stephen Lau

Friday, January 20, 2017

Overcoming Food Addiction

Addiction to food is more than just a problem of overeating: it is a reflection of problems in physical, mental, and emotional health. If you have addiction to unhealthy food or unhealthy food cravings, you may have to overcome yours in order to have wholesome healing of the body and mind.
Overcoming food addiction, like any other addiction, is never easy. Denial and guilt are common characteristics in individuals who have food addiction problems.
First, you need the intention, which is the desire to stop the addiction. Of course, that means you must be aware of the addiction problem in the first place, and then express the intention to change for the better.

Lao Tzu, the ancient Chinese philosopher, once said: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” Take your first step: your intention to recover from your food addiction. 
The long process of recovery, often punctuated with relapses, requires determination to overcome all obstacles. Use daily self-affirmations to reinforce your determination and willpower to overcome food addiction. Harness your mind power to control your behavior to heal your body. 
Although it may be mind over matter, the body has to respond appropriately to the mind. Give your body the right environment for recovery and recuperation. 
Regulate your blood sugar level; a balanced blood sugar level prevents impulsive eating and keeps hunger at bay. 
Balance your body chemistry, such as your acid-alkaline level; too much acid in the body breeds toxins that prevent healing. 
Reduce your hormonal swings. Leptin is the appetite-controlling hormone, also known as "thin" hormone. Eat adequate calories to boost leptin production to minimize food craving. Exercise can also enhance your body's responsiveness to leptin. 
Eating enough, ironically, is critical to recovery from food addiction. Eat three regular meals a day; skipping a meal may lead to a reduction of leptin, making your appetite out of control. Don't starve yourself, but neither do you over-stuff yourself. Don't go on any diet, especially fad diets. Just eat right.
Food addiction may also be a result of emotional distress, such as emotional trauma or stress. Learn to let go of all attachments. Meditation is a way to relax yourself as well as to get toxic emotions out of your mind.
If you are healthy in body, mind, and spirit, you do not have any eating or weight problem. 
Stephen Lau 
Copyright © 2017 by Stephen Lau 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Mind Therapy

"I fear I am not in my perfect mind." Shakespeare, King Lear

Many elderly people may have the same feeling of "imperfection" about their minds as they get older. This is due to the accumulative effects of sorrows, health problems, and recollections of long-standing difficulties from childhood (this is especially true when long-term memories seem to come back, while short-term ones become evasive and elusive). These accumulative effects begin to take their toll on their mental health.

In addition, their digestive power has weakened with age, resulting in poorer absorption of nutrients, and hence less efficient brain cells in processing mental data. Therefore, it is important to optimize your digestive health.

The therapy for an "imperfect mind" begins with the mind itself. One of the therapies is psychotherapy, which involves talking to another person or simply talking to oneself in the form of affirmations. In the process, past experiences are uncovered, especially those which are repressed, leading to different psychological symptoms and problems. Through talking, you may come to terms with yourself and life in general. In this way, you may also change your thinking, thereby changing your attitudes and behaviors towards yourself and others. Psychotherapy enhances your awareness of self and others. Through behavioral therapy--part and parcel of psychotherapy, you unlearn certain behaviors that are detrimental to your mental health.

Your deep limbic system, which is near the center of your brain, may be the culprit in the malfunctioning of your mind. An overactive deep limbic system may make you do the following:
  • You look back at the past, and you feel regret—you ruminate over what you should or should not have done.
  • You look at the present, and you feel dissatisfaction—now that the prime of your life is over, and what is left is the lack and the inadequacy.
  • You look at the future, and you feel anxiety--what lies ahead is pessimism and uncertainty.
The only way to heal your deep limbic system is to change your moment-to-moment thought patterns. To do this, you have to understand that your thoughts are real, not imaginary. But you also have to understand that when you have a thought, it sends electrical signals to your brain, which releases chemicals affecting how your brain thinks and functions. Therefore, it is important that you become more aware of your own thinking. This awareness can help you change your perceptions of your thoughts.  For example, if you become angry, notice how your physiology changes, such as muscle tension and rapid heartbeats; when you are happy, notice how your body responds with a smile. Train yourself to notice the differences in your deep limbic system and your different bodily reactions to these different thoughts under different conditions and circumstances.

Change your thoughts, and do not believe them as "real." Talk back to them! Affirmations and repetitions of affirmations may dissipate all your negative thoughts. Remember, negative thinking is a stumbling block to maintaining a healthy mind, especially as you get older and you are confronted with many new challenges in your life.

Change your thoughts, and do not believe them as "real." Talk back to them! Affirmations and repetitions of affirmations may dissipate all your negative thoughts. Remember, negative thinking is a stumbling block to maintaining a healthy mind, especially as you get older and you are confronted with many new challenges in your life.

Stephen Lau
Copyright© by Stephen Lau


Monday, January 9, 2017

A Zen Mind

The art of living well means you have a healthy body, mind, and soul, leading to internal balance and harmony. Holistic wellness begins with the mind first, because the mind is the most powerful body organ that controls everything that the body does. A toxic mind often produces a toxic body that leads to a toxic soul. We are living in a toxic environment that may easily contaminate the mind with toxic thoughts, leading to toxic actions, resulting in toxic emotions and memories that become the realities of our lives.

The human mind is most powerful in that it controls everything that the body does, and therefore determines the kind of life we are going to lead. According to Descartes, one of the great philosophers of all time, we become what we think; as evidenced by his famous statement: “I think, therefore I am.” Our thoughts shape us into who we are and transform us into what we have now become. In other words, our thoughts become our “realities.” The pivotal role of our thinking in holistic living cannot be overstated.

The fact of the matter is that our thoughts don’t tell us the whole truth about who and what we we think we are. That is, our minds may weave many self-deceptions that tell us everything but the truths, and they become our “realities.” The result is that we may self-doubt when we try to excel; we may feel confused and distracted when we try to concentrate; we may dwell on the past or the future when we try to focus on the present. In reality, many of us may have developed a compulsive mind that is constantly obsessed with past thoughts, which are often projected into the future as desires and expectations. A compulsive mind will not let us have internal balance and harmony because only a quiet mind will let us see the ultimate truths about everything. A quiet mind is a Zen mind..

What exactly is a Zen mind? A Zen mind focuses on quietude and spontaneity, which are attributes of internal peace and harmony of the body, the mind, and the soul. When the mind is quiet—in absence of the fear of the sound of silence—the mind can experience clarity of thinking, that may enable the understanding of spontaneity. Spontaneity is the wisdom of letting things follow their respective courses or their natural cycles, such as the four seasons, or life is always followed by death. Everything in life has its own natural cycle.

It must be mentioned that Zen is not a religion, although subsequently it became the source of Zen Buddhism. Zen is just a way of life, with its origin from the wisdom of Tao, which is based on the profound wisdom of the ancient sage Lao Tzu from China, who was the author of the immortal ancient classic “Tao Te Ching.”

A Zen mind is a mental condition in which the mind becomes totally relaxed, without regrets of the past and worries about the future. It is relaxed because it focuses on the present moment. Focusing on the present quiets down your compulsive mind so that you may objectively look at your own thinking mind to see if your thoughts are telling you the absolute truths. With clarity of mind, you may then be able to live as if everything is a miracle, and let go of all attachments to the past and the future that prevents you from focusing your mind on the now.

Holothink Meditation can change your life forever. It is one of the best Zen meditation products in the market. Try it for free and see how and why.meditation may help you in holistic living.

To have better understanding of Tao wisdom, read my book TAO The Way to Biblical wisdom.

Stephen Lau
Copyright© by Stephen Lau