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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

"Non-Doing" to Increase Mind Power

According to Lao Tzu, the famous ancient sage from China, everyday something is dropped; therefore, less and less do you need to force things “to happen” until ultimately you arrive at “non-doing.” When nothing is done, nothing is left undone—this is the essence of “doing without doing.” It may seem paradoxical to many, but there is so much truth about that statement; in Tao, the profound philosophy of Lao Tzu, “nothingness” is paradoxically everything. The wisdom is that when you are in the middle of nothing, you are actually in the presence of all things.

The explanation is that everything originally came from nothingness, that is, before the Creation—the nothingness is God. That also explains why Tao (true wisdom) is beyond words because God is infinite and man is finite.

The problem with people in the Western world is that they are so “action-oriented” or so preoccupied with the “doing”—usually out of fear, worry, or doubt of the outcome—that they fail to understand the power of their thought (Never underestimate your mind power; it is often mind over matter!). As a result, ironically enough, their “over-doing” may hinder the progress of their efforts, and hence creating a reverse result. That is to say, they are striving to force their desire through action into manifestation of their expected outcome; and, by doing so, they mess up what they are trying to do because they have unduly created stress for themselves.

The Book of Life and Living: is a book about ancient wisdom, contemporary wisdom, and spiritual wisdom, and how their interaction may serve as a recipe for modern living.

Also, visit my website: Wisdom in Living.

Stephen Lau
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Friday, December 6, 2013

Harness Mind Power in the Golden Years

If you wish to become a centenarian, harness your mind power in your golden years. If you wish to attain the wisdom in happy and successful aging, utilize your mind power to achieve your goals, and make new waves in your golden years--make them the best in your life ever!

The well-known Okinawa Centenarian Study is a research to study the factors responsible for longevity living for seniors in their golden years. 

According to the Okinawa Centenarian Study, there is a much higher prevalence of centenarians in Okinawa, a state of Japan, consisting of a group of 44 inhabited islands that stretch 800 miles between the Japan main islands and Taiwan. Okinawa has the longest life expectancy in Japan, and probably in the world: at 86.01 years for women, and 77.64 years for men.

In the Okinawa Centenarian Study, as of 2003, approximately 560 centenarians out of a population of 1.27 million Okinawans have been identified. One of the most important aspects of the Okinawa Centenarian Study is that it is based on solid evidence. The most important evidence needed for any centenarian study is reliable age-verification data.

One of the significant findings is that the mental health plays a pivotal role in aging and longevity living.

Holo Think uses the state-of-the-art brainwave neurotechnology to access any state of mind at any time for total relaxation to enrich your life. You can reach a profound state of peace and personal insight previously only attainable by Zen monks who spent years in quiet, solitary meditation. Enjoy the effects of a “mental bath”—a wave of relaxation that melts stress from your body—and stimulating your mind to bring to the surface brilliant ideas buried deep in your subconscious. With this brainwave technology, you have the ability to access your subconscious mind, where you can identify and eliminate self-imposed limitations and blocks to achieve greater success in life. According to Dr. Gerald Oster, M.D., biophysicist, different sound frequencies are delivered to the brain through each ear separately (such as by using stereo headphones), the two hemispheres of the brain start working together to perceive not the external audio signals, but a third “phantom” signal to access your subconscious mind. It is just that simple! 

Harness your mind power to live a longevity lifestyle in your golden years through total tranquility of the mind!

My recent book publication Your Golden Years and Santa Claus explains why it is important to to increase mind power for happy and successful aging in the golden years. Learn to think like Santa Claus to overcome memory loss and other mental problems as you continue to age, as well as to change your perspectives of health, money, and spiritual issues encountered in your golden years.

Stephen Lau
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Mind Power to Quit Smoking

If you are a smoker, quit smoking! Of course, it is easier said than done. It requires massive mind power to kick the habit.

Enough has been said about the hazards of smoking. The tar in cigarette smoke is composed of chemicals, poisons, and corrosives, such as hydrogen cyanide and carbon monoxide, which deprive your heart and other organ tissues of essential oxygen for optimum function

Smoking ages your skin. Cigarette smoke produces free radicals that destroy your skin cells and tissues, and thus accelerate your aging process.

Smoking leads to premature death because it damages the heart the lungs, and the nervous system. Smoking not only promotes the deposits of fat and cholesterol on the walls of arteries, restricting blood flow to the heart, but also increases the risk of blood clots and stroke.

Smoking causes lung diseases, such as chronic bronchitis (inflammation of the airways) and emphysema (irreversible breakdown of lung tissues), and lung cancer. Smoking is responsible for 30 percent of all cancer death, including cancers in the lungs, esophagus, larynx, and the mouth. Smoking affects your nervous system due to the presence of nicotine, which itself is a poison. 

Smoking also affects your sexual health, such as impotence and infertility.

Let’s not get into why you started smoking in the first place: curiosity, peer pressure, the cultural influence, or some other factors.

All smokers are fully aware of the hazards of smoking, but they find it difficult to quit once they have formed the habit, because nicotine is addictive. 

Quitting is never easy because it may immediately result in the following symptoms: slowing down of heart rate; elevation of blood pressure; development of ulcers; lack of mental concentration; anxiety and depression; drowsiness; and gastrointestinal disturbances.

These overwhelming adverse side effects of quitting automatically create the scenario for denial of the health hazards of smoking. Even many who strive to quit will fall victims to relapse.

Success in quitting is contingent upon the smoker’s self-discipline and perseverance. However, the first and foremost is the smoker’s capability to overcome the denial that smoking is a systematic suicide; denial will forever be a stumbling block to success in quitting.

Quitting the habit is difficult, but not impossible. You can do it, and you must do it! Hypnosis is the use of self-induced affirmations to change the subconscious mind thereby instrumental in changing the conscious mind. Remember, it is always the mind that instructs the body. Empower your mind with the right thoughts to quit smoking once and for all.


Stephen Lau
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Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Right Mindset to Increase Mind Power for Positive Living

We are living in a fast-paced world in which there is little room for idleness. However, when we retire, many of us find ourselves in a totally different world—a world of idleness.

An idle mind is the devil's workshop. Is there any truth in this statement?

In Western thinking, an idle mind is often a muddled mind with distorted thinking--a breeding ground for mental disorders. Thomas Carlyle, the famous historian, once said: "In idleness, there is perpetual despair."

A busy mind, on the other hand, may search for new truths, even as one continues to age. This keeps the mind functional and healthy. John Quincy Adams concurred: "Idleness is sweet, and its consequences are cruel."  But a busy mind may become a compulsive mind, which is a characteristic of contemporary living.

Lin Yutang, a well-known contemporary Chinese philosopher, once said: "A busy man is never wise, and a wise man is never busy." That may be the golden mean: a too-busy mind may become distressed, while a too-relaxed mind may turn idle.

Physical and intellectual activities do stimulate the mind. Therefore, it is important that even on retirement, you should find something to occupy yourself with. As you age, your muscle strength and mental capacity will deteriorate and decline. Take up a new sport, such as golf, which is an ageless sport. Mental golf is good for your mind, and golf swings are good for muscle flexibility, as well as body balance and posture. The latter are especially beneficial to those who are aging, because they may prevent fall among seniors, which is one of the leading causes of death among the elderly.

As for intellectual activities, go back to school as you age. Learn a new craft, a new hobby, or even start a new career, such as think, write, and retire, or a business.

Keep yourself from being idle, but also refrain from a compulsive mindset. Have the right mindset to increase your mind power for positive living, which requires neither an idle mind nor a compulsive mind. .

The wisdom in living is to find a happy medium, which is neither idle nor compulsive, especially in your golden years after retirement . Maybe the wisdom of Tao is most appropriate. Tao wisdom is the wisdom of Lao Tzu, the ancient Chinese sage who lived 2600 years ago. His one and only book, Tao Te Ching, has become one of the most popular ancient classics and has been translated into many languages due to its profound wisdom.

Tao wisdom focuses on living in the now, that is, moment-to-moment, instead of worrying about what might happen next. It also emphasizes the importance of “under-doing” rather than “over-doing”, which is the by-product of a compulsive mind. “Under-doing” is doing what needs to be done, and letting nature take over. Lao Tzu believes in the natural order of things. Hence, in life there should be “no expectation” because expectation leads to “picking and choosing,” which often results in making wrong choices with the accompaniment of stress and regret. The essence of Tao wisdom is living with neither an idle mind nor a compulsive mind; you do what is necessary, without expecting the result, and embracing the good as well as the bad, the desirable and the undesirable. If you develop this mindset, you have mind power over your life.

Visit my website: Wisdom in Living to get resources for positive living.

Stephen Lau
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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Empower the Mind with Sublimal Messages

Life is always mind over matter. After all, the mind controls everything: how you think, how your experience what happens to you, how you perceive your past and present experiences, how you anticipate your future expectations, how you make decisions and take actions that affect your future experiences.

You are who you are and what you have now become is all in the mind; essentially, you are the sum of your thoughts. But how does one control one's mind? Or how does the mind think?

You mind responds to your experiences from your five senses: sight, sound, small, taste, and touch. These sensations are then embedded in your mind, which is made up of a conscious mind and a subconscious mind. Theoretically, you are in perfect control of your conscious mind; that is, you consciously decide what experiences you want to remember or to be stored in your conscious mind. Your subconscious mind, on the other hand, simply absorbs indiscriminately all your mental perceptions and reactions to all your experiences; in other words, it does not reason or analyze your mental input. In actual life, your conscious makes decisions about how you think and what you do. However, it is your subconscious mind that directs your conscious mind; in other words, your subconscious mind controls your conscious mind, although you may not be totally aware of it. Therefore, it is critical that you know how to control your subconscious mind, instrumental in directing your conscious mind. To empower the mind is to control your thinking mind by providing it with an optimum environment for it to function efficiently and effectively—that is, with subliminal messages.

Empower the mind with subliminal messages, which work as a mild form of self-hypnosis—slowly and gradually sending suggestions into your subconscious mind to change any incorrect self-beliefs, wrong ways of thinking, and even undesirable patterns of behavior. These subliminal messages not only allow you to bypass your "logical" conscious mind but also to overcome any resistance that may hold you back, thereby enabling you to access your subconscious mind with positive messages for mind empowering. Because of this state-of-the-art technology, you can develop in ways which would not be normally possible with your conscious personal development alone. Subliminal messages are powerful tools for mind empowering. Science and technology have made it possible to increase mind power to live a better life.

Once you have mastered the subliminal messages, you can master your mind by controlling its thoughts. Remember, you are your thoughts, and your life is a byproduct of you thoughts. As Napoleon Hill, the famous writer, said: "What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve." Yes, you can achieve success in your career, weight loss, relationships, or just about anything. The possibilities are limitless.
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Stephen Lau

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

How Saliva May Increase Mind Power


According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), human saliva plays a pivotal role in mind power, especially from the Taoist perspective. Taoism is not a religion but a philosophy of life and living based on the profound wisdom of Lao Tzu, an ancient Chinese philosopher (some 2,600 years ago), who authored the famous ancient classic Tao Te Ching, which has become one of the most translated books in world literature. (For more information on Tao wisdom, read my book: TAO: The Way to Biblical Wisdom.)

According to Taoist, saliva is the “spiritual fluid in the body.” From the Chinese medicine perspective, qi is the internal life energy, which is present in the human body. Qi goes to every organ through hundreds of energy channels known as meridians. If qi is blocked or becomes stagnated, internal imbalance or disharmony may result, which is the underlying cause of all human diseases and disorders. Those who practice Qi Gong exercise may experience the welling up of saliva during their practice sessions—this is an indication of the surge of qi, causing saliva to well up in the mouth.

According to Chinese medicine, saliva—a clear, watery fluid made by the body's salivary glands located inside each cheek at the bottom of the mouth and ears, as well as near the front teeth by the jawbone—has a an intricate relationship with the mind. As spiritual fluid, saliva nourishes not just the body in terms of providing digestive power, but also the mind, giving it the qi necessary for the growth and rejuvenation of brain cells. Thus, the mind becomes empowered with enhanced mental energy. Even conventional Western medicine begins to understand the subtle relationship between saliva and memory, and research is being conducted to establish the connection between saliva and the mind.

Given the immense benefits of saliva to the body and the mind, we should make saliva readily available by drinking more water (more than 8 glasses a day), by getting more natural sleep (without the use of medications), and, most importantly, by thoroughly chewing our food (as many as 30 times) before swallowing. Sucking on sugarless candies or using sugarless chewing gums to exercise the mouth and the teeth is also highly recommended. In other words, keeping the mouth active by hitting the teeth and massaging the gums with the tongue is a simple but effective way to increase the amount and volume of saliva to benefit not only the body but also the mind.

For more information on how to increase saliva, go to: The Miracle of Saliva.

Energy Healing for Everyone: It is a complete, holistic health system for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of energetic imbalances that will lead to illness in the body if left untreated. Learn how qi can work for you instead of against you. 

Stephen Lau

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Is Forgetfulness a Sign of Old Age or Dementia?


As you continue to age, forgetfulness may become increasingly common.

Is your forgetfulness due to dementia or old age? This is the concern of many individuals. The greater the concern, the more the anxiety, and the worse the scenario may become. 

The signs of dementia are many; however, there is no single behavior that can be identified as the hallmark characteristic of Alzheimer's disease. Dementia symptoms are usually gradual and  progressive until they become problematic in the patient.

You may have good reasons for concern if you show the following: you cannot concentrate and focus (absence or gradual disappearance of memory cues in the brain); you cannot understand sounds and you become a passive listener and lose interest in music and social skills; you cannot enjoy good food or appreciate music and art (loss of senses); you cannot identify understand or identify problems; you cannot prioritize (inability to cope with changes); and you begin to have fewer activities and less mobility.

The above symptoms are NOT signs of old age, but problematic characteristics of dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease.

Aging is "benign senile forgetfulness." The signs and symptoms of old age are quite different from those of dementia due to Alzheimer's disease. Old age symptoms, manifested in forgetfulness, are simple lapses in memory: forgetting the name of a person just met; not finding the right word or expression while communicating; taking more time to learn a new things; taking longer time to react or respond.

The above symptoms often worsen due to frustration and increased anxiety, giving the concern of Alzheimer's and dementia. These lapses may be a nuisance, but never a problem. The changes in behavior are continual and gradual, due to the decrease of brain function, but never problematic. This is the main difference between forgetfulness and dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease.

Another important determinant factor is the normal cognitive function of the brain. It may take you longer to learn a new task, but you can learn it because your cognitive function remains unimpaired even if you continue to age. That’s why it is important to utilize your brain as much as possible. Remember, use it or lose it.

Sharpening your memory may even delay the onset of dementia caused by Alzheimer's disease. You might have heard of mnemonics and how it can improve your memory - yes, it is simple and easy to learn to make memorization a breeze.

Keep your brain healthy with a healthy brain diet, which is essentially a healthy diet for a healthy heart, because what is good for the heart is also good for the brain.

Mental health is longevity health. A healthy mind adds many more good years to your life.


Stephen Lau
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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Use Impaired Memory to Cope with Everyday Living

Impaired memory will cause problems in everyday living. An individual with impaired memory may or may not be aware of the impairment. Therefore, it is important that family members do everything possible to help that individual to cope with everyday problems.

Money management is always a problem. Money is equivalent to independence. An impaired individual may be reluctant to relinquish control over money matters. But if that individual has difficulty in balancing the checkbook or shows reckless spending, then family members may have to take control of money management. It should be noted that it is common for an individual with dementia to become overtly anxious and suspicious, and may even accuse others of stealing his or her money.

An individual in the first phase of dementia may still hold on to his or her job if the job is not too demanding. However, at some point, giving up the job becomes inevitable. Family members should be more considerate, because giving up one's job implies giving up one's identity and self-worth. In addition, there may be other emotional, psychological, and financial implications that require adjustments. Help that individual to adjust accordingly. In particular, pay attention to the mental state: mental depression is not an uncommon outcome when employment ceases. If there is a problem with finance, the Social Security Act provides financial assistance in the form of Supplemental Disability Income. An individual who has worked 20 out of the past 40 calendar quarters will be eligible, and the amount is based on the earnings at the time when employment ceases.

Some individuals with dementia are aware of their own limitations and will stop driving, while others are unwilling to give up driving. If an individual demonstrates good vision, including peripheral vision, good hearing, good coordination of eyes, hands, and feet, and quick reaction, driving may not be an immediate issue. However, getting lost easily, or driving too slowly may be a good indication that it is time to give up driving, whether that individual wants it or not.  Also, an angry or aggressive temperament often points to the unsuitability of driving.

It is important that when helping individuals with an impaired mind to deal with their everyday problems, we should discuss frankly with them our concerns, but without criticizing their behaviors; we should offer alternatives without unduly emphasizing their disability. Understanding their problems and showing care and compassion hold the key to success in helping the impaired mind to cope with everyday problems.

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