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Thursday, October 11, 2018

How to Overcome Mental Depression

Man is inherently desirous of happiness. We all want to become happy; without happiness, human existence may have become meaningless. Therefore, we all want to avoid unhappiness, and this self-defense mechanism may then develop into addictive habit patterns that have ultimately become some of the characteristics of our individual personality, affecting how we think. In other words, to avoid unhappiness, we may subconsciously begin to “lose contact with our realities” and thus become the persons we are not supposed to be.

Depression is a mental struggle against unhappiness that an individual wishes to avoid, and in the process becomes a different person—a person with ever-changing moods and temperaments.

To illustrate, a baby or toddler—even well-fed, dry, and comfortable—may cry because he or she wants happiness, which is not being separated from the parents; crying or screaming is the only self-defense mechanism against being separated and feeling unhappy. As that baby or toddler continues to grow, that normal child will ultimately learn the reality that to be separated from the parents is just a normal and necessary part and parcel of life and maturity.

However, the mental and emotional growth and maturity of that same child may not be consistent with his or her physical growth and mental maturity, and this inconsistency or disparity may subsequently lead to many mental and emotional problems later in life, such as recklessly driving a car, engaging promiscuously in sex, taking drugs or addicting to alcohol. If the mental and emotional problems are not properly and fully addressed and resolved, that same adolescent turning into a young adult may continue to develop more problems, such as compulsive gambling or shopping sprees. 

As that same individual continues to grow and mature, there may be many other problems that crop up along his or her life journey, including problems in career, marriage, family, health, money, and among many others. All these life problems and challenges may continue to create more behavioral patterns, which are only the manifestations of that individual’s desperate struggle against the unhappiness associated with emotional, mental, and physical problems; they are just the self-defense addictive behaviors of that individual striving desperately to overcome depression. In other words, that individual simply wants to avoid the unhappiness resulting from the many life problems and challenges encountered and unresolved. 
   
My Way! No Way! TAO Is The Way!
TAO Wisdom To Live And Survive In A World Of Depression!

TAO wisdom is the way to go through depression—experiencing every aspect of depression, instead of avoiding it with distractions or drugs—and thus the only Way to get you out of depression while living in a world of depression.

It provides many examples from news and everyday life to show you  how TAO wisdom can help you live as if everything is a miracle.

Don’t deny or stigmatize your depression! Go through it, and you may or may not get enlightened, but you will look at your depression differently.

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Stephen Lau
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Monday, October 8, 2018

The Conscious and the Subconscious Mind


The Conscious and the Subconscious Mind

Our thoughts are mainly controlled by our subconscious, which is largely formed before the age of 6, and you cannot change the subconscious mind by just thinking about it. That's why the power of positive thinking will not work for most people. The subconscious mind is like a tape player. Until you change the tape, it will not change.”  Bruce Lipton

We all have both a conscious and a subconscious mind. Simply put, your conscious mind does all the active thinking: selectively recording whatever data and information you want to remember and reserve them for future use, while discarding whatever you consciously think is irrelevant or inapplicable to you in the future. Your subconscious mind, on the other hand, absorbs everything indiscriminately that you are exposed to, and stores it at the back of your mind in the form of emotions, feelings, and memories.

Originally, your mind is like that of a baby, which is a blank sheet of paper. Your thinking begins with your five senses—how they perceive and interpret your own life experiences. Then all these emotional, mental, and physical sensations become your thoughts or memories stored at the back of your subconscious mind. So, whenever you experience a similar sensation, your conscious mind will automatically go back to your subconscious mind to look for more clues, relevant information, or guidelines, and send out different messages back to your conscious mind, instructing it to act or react accordingly. As an illustration, a baby, who previously experienced a pleasantly tickling sensation, will begin to giggle, feeling pleased, when being tickled again, as soon as the subconscious mind sends to the conscious mind the message of that pleasant sensation previously experienced. 

Essentially, while your conscious mind is just about to make all your everyday life choices and decisions, your subconscious mind is, in fact, controlling and directing your conscious mind from behind the scene without letting you know; that is why it is called a “subconscious“ mind.

Gradually and accumulatively, all your life experiences with their own respective messages—the pleasant as well as the unpleasant, the positive as well as the negative—are all stored at the back of your subconscious mind in the form of data and memories. Over the long haul, millions and billions of such experiences and messages have become the raw materials with which you subconsciously weave the fabrics of your life, making you who and what you have now become—or so you think. In other words, they have now become your so-called “realities.”

But they are not your realities. The truth of the matter is that they are no more than your own thinking, controlled and dominated by your own subconscious mind. To illustrate, say, your conscious mind tells you to eat a healthy meal, but your subconscious mind—loaded with the images and messages of many TV commercials of mouth-watering junk food, as well as your own past delectable experiences of some of them—may tell you something totally different, and you may end up eating a burger and French fries.

Stephen Lau        
Copyright© by Stephen Lau

Thursday, October 4, 2018

See Things As They Are


THE WISDOM OF SEEING THINGS AS THEY ARE

Reflect on your current state of being, and see others as the same. They are not better nor worse than you are, but just different in their own ways. There is no basis for you to be angry with them, or to be envious of them. There is no rhyme or reason for you to dwell on “what could have” or “what should have”—they only prey on your mind, preventing you from being a better and happier you.

To be a better and happier you, follow the behaviors of the ancient masters and sages.

“The ancient masters were
subtle, mysterious, profound, responsive.
The depth of their knowledge is unfathomable.
Because it is unfathomable,
All we can do is to describe their appearance.
Watchful, like men crossing a winter stream.
Alert, like men aware of danger.
Courteous, like visiting guests.
Yielding, like ice about to melt.
Simple, like uncarved blocks of wood.
Hollow, like caves.
Opaque, like muddy pools.
Who can wait quietly while the mud settles?
Who can remain still until the moment of action?
Observers of the Tao do not seek fulfillment.
Not seeking fulfillment,
they are not swayed by desire for change.”
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 15)

“Be watchful: be aware of living in the present moment.
Be alert: be mindful of self and others; be perceptive of the whole picture so as to see the reality of anything and everything.
Be courteous: be loving of self, and be compassionate to others.
Be yielding: be ready and willing to embrace what life has to offer—including life challenges and difficulties.
Be simple: be simple in your needs and wants; simplicity leads to non-attachment.
Be hollow: be open-minded and receptive to new ideas.
Be opaque: Be patient, letting go of anything and every-thing, and allowing nature to run its course because the way of nature is unchanging.
Based on the above, just about anyone who has an empty mind can attain the profound wisdom of Lao Tzu to become a better and happier individual.

Knowing your true self
is the pathway to enlightenment.
Knowing others is wisdom;
Knowing self is enlightenment.”
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 33)

As long as you know your real self and others, you can and will become a better and happier you.

There is an old Latin axiom: “nemo dat quod non habet” —meaning, one cannot give what one does not have.  If you don’t have the wisdom to know your real self, you won’t have the wisdom to understand others, especially who they are and what they need. In order to understand others, you must first and foremost have the wisdom attained through asking self-intuitive questions throughout your life. Then, with mindfulness, you observe with a nonjudgmental mind what is happening to you, as well as around you. Gradually, you will be able to see things as what they really are, and not as what they may seem to you: anything and everything in life follows its own natural cycle, just as the day becomes night, and the night transformed into dawn.

With that wisdom, you may become enlightened, which means you begin to know your true self—what you have and what you don’t have, and you were created to be who you are, and not what you wish you were or want to become. Knowing what you have, you can then give it to others. It is the giving, rather than the receiving, that makes you a better and a happier you.

Stephen Lau        
Copyright© by Stephen Lau

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Monday, October 1, 2018

The Role of the Thinking Mind


Life is always a discovery process. It is a journey of self-discovery—finding who you are, why you are here, what you need, and how you meet your needs, so that you, like everybody else, can fulfill some of your life goals and purposes that are exclusively designed for you.

To live a purposeful life, you need a healthy body and mind, guided by a healthy soul, in order to continue that life journey as if everything is a miracle. They are all important, and are inter-related. But you must begin with the mind first.

The role of the thinking mind

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” --George Bernard Shaw

Your mind is your being, and your brain is the most important of all your body organs because it controls your whole being. How you think, what you do, how you act or react, and what you do with all your life experiences—they ultimately become not only your memories but also your realities.

Descartes, the famous French philosopher, once said: “I think, therefore I am.” Indeed, your thoughts become what and who you “think” you are now.

Therefore, it is your thinking that holds the key to attaining wisdom. True wisdom is not the same as extensive knowledge: a wise person is not necessarily knowledgeable; by the same token, a very knowledgeable person may not necessarily be wise. Wisdom is the capability of the mind to intuit knowledge and experience, and then apply that self-intuition to everyday living to live as if everything is a miracle.

Important as it is, thinking is not easy, just as Albert Einstein said: “Thinking is difficult; that is why so few people do it.” Difficult as it may be, learn how to think, or rethink your mind, especially if yours is a toxic mind. Only by rethinking your mind can you get rid of its toxic thoughts to begin the right thinking process, which brings wisdom and the miracle of life and living.

Thinking is a process of self-intuition through asking relevant questions to create self-awareness and self-introspection. Your questions may trigger a set of mental answers that lead to your actions or inactions, based on the choices you make from the answers you have obtained from the questions asked. It is the natural habit of the human mind to try to solve problems. By solving problems, the mind can then make things happen. Asking questions is self-empowering wisdom.

 Stephen Lau
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Thursday, September 27, 2018

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The TAO of Living for Life

This book is about the art of living well, which is being in the material world we are all living in, but without being of this mundane world. This daunting and challenging task requires profound human wisdom, which comes from TAO wisdom, the ancient wisdom from Lao Tzu, the ancient sage from China, more than 2,600 years ago.

Lao Tzu was the author of the immortal classic Tao Te Ching, made up of 81 short chapters of Chinese poetry on human wisdom, one of the most translated books in world literature.

This book explains the essentials of TAO wisdom, based on Stephen Lau's own translation and interpretation of Lao Tzu's immortal classic Tao Te Ching with his comments after each of the 81 chapters. Living for life is the wisdom of living in this contemporary age. It is not easy, so you need TAO wisdom.

For more information, click here.

The TAO of Living for Life shows you the wisdom of living not just for yourself, but also for others as well --  just as the famous English poet John Donne says: "No man is an island."  Once you perceive this intricate inter-connection between people, you will self-intuit the wisdom of Lao Tzu.  After all, according to Lao Tzu, there is no word or blueprint for human wisdom -- it is all about self-intuition.

Stephen Lau


Monday, September 24, 2018

What Is Enlightenment?


Live your life as if everything is a miracle. To do just that, you need enlightenment, not knowledge. Knowledge is different from wisdom in that the former is acquisition of knowledge, while the latter is the intuition of the knowledge gathered. Knowledge may make you smart, but not necessarily wise. Wisdom may lead to even enlightenment, which is profound understanding of the ultimate truths of all matters.

What is enlightenment? It is an endless process of knowing and understanding that is simply there for all, and its existence is natural and available to all. It is like knowing that at sunrise you will see sunlight as long as you open your eyes; you don’t have to know anything else about the sun other than its presence—but you have to open your eyes to see its presence.  


This 125-page book is about how to live your life as if everything is a miracle, instead of as if nothing is a miracle. To do just that, you need wisdom to "rethink" your mind, which may not be telling you the whole truth about your thoughts and life experiences; you need wisdom to "renew" your body, which lives in a toxic physical environment; you need spiritual wisdom to "reconnect" your soul, which is the essence of your spirituality. Most importantly, you need wisdom to "realign" your whole being because the body, the mind, and the soul are all interconnected and interdependent on one another for your well-being to live your life as if everything is a miracle. Your mind is the roadmap and your soul is the compass; without them, your body is going nowhere, and you will live your life as if nothing is a miracle.

With enlightenment, you will become a better, happier, and healthier you. With enlightenment, you will live a stress-fee life. Learn how to overcome your stress by letting go of your ego-self. No Ego No Stress!

Stephen Lau
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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Visual Changes Due to Aging


Beware of subtle and gradual changes in your vision. They may be telling you much about your current vision health, which is a concern of those afflicted with myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disease that affects the eye.

  • You find that you just can't stand too bright on sunny days but see much better on cloudy days. 
  • You find colors not as bright as they were before: everything seems to have a thin film or a sheet of haze over it.
  • You find that occasionally things within your vision seem to have a double image; blinking your eyes, they seem to be fine again.
  • You find that, for no apparent reason, all of a sudden your vision seems to have improved significantly; that is, you can see without your reading glasses. Miraculously, you seem to have acquired "second vision" late in your life. 
  • You find that, conversely, your vision has deteriorated dramatically; you need another new pair of glasses even though you just got your current one not too long ago. 
  • You find that, all of a sudden, all the things that you see seem to be coated with a yellowish tint.
  • You find that you just can't stand too bright on sunny days but see much better on cloudy days. 
  • You find colors not as bright as they were before: everything seems to have a thin film or a sheet of haze over it. 
  • You find that occasionally things within your vision seem to have a double image; blinking your eyes, they seem to be fine again.
  • You find that, for no apparent reason, all of a sudden your vision seems to have improved significantly; that is, you can see without your reading glasses. Miraculously, you seem to have acquired "second vision" late in your life.
  • You find that, conversely, your vision has deteriorated dramatically; you need another new pair of glasses even though you just got your current one not too long ago.
  • You find that, all of a sudden, all the things that you see seem to be coated with a yellowish tint.

If you experience some or all of the above changes in vision, beware! You may have developed cataract in one or both of your eyes. Go to an ophthalmologists to look into your eyes to see if you have developed, or in the process of developing, a cataract in one or both of your eyes.

A cataract is an eye disorder in which the eye has lost its transparency in the normally clear lenses of the eyes. If a cataract develops in your non-dominant eye, you may not even notice it, although it may have been progressing steadily for some time. No matter what, the development of a cataract is often  subtle and gradual -- just like in aging, you don't lose your muscular strength overnight.


One of the main causes of cataract development is aging. As you continue to age, your body's overall function becomes compromised, including your vision. The main contributor to aging is oxidation. Your body needs oxygen to maintain life. Unfortunately, what gives life also takes away life in the form of carbon dioxide; this is how the Creator can ensure human mortality. In the process of oxidation, destructive free radicals are formed -- just like the rust in iron due to constant exposure to air, or the pages of an old book turning yellow.

Empower your mind with knowledge to understand the many problems related to aging, and get the wisdom to live to 100 and beyond if you just don't die. 


Stephen Lau
Copyright© by Stephen Lau

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Practical Applications of Meditation


There are many reasons why people meditate: some may meditate for body-mind relaxation, while others may meditate for spiritual connection. No matter what, meditation is  all about awareness—mindfulness of what is happening around you, such as your breathing, your bodily sensations, and, most importantly, your thoughts. Without this acute awareness or mindfulness, there is no relaxation of the mind and the body, not to mention the spiritual connection to a Higher Being. Meditation is all about re-focusing the mind on what is important and discarding what is irrelevant or insignificant. In other words, meditation helps you not only prioritize but also change perspectives regarding events in your life. 

Meditation has its practical application in everyday life; meditation holds the key to the art of living well.

How does meditation apply to your everyday life? How can you bring all attributes and benefits of meditation to your day-to-day world?

Meditation is finding the quiet or stillness between sounds and thoughts and experiences. It is this underlying quietness—so quiet that you can almost hear it—that forms a link between you and your sensations and thoughts. The goals of meditation are: awareness of your adaptation to cope with the mundane world, such as dealing with attitudes and behaviors, as well as pain and stress; knowing yourself better, such as the reasons for your anger; self enlightenment or divine illumination, such as the purpose of your existence. Meditation is essentially a mental training of acute awareness or mindfulness of breathing, physical sensations, and mental thoughts, and the perception of timelessness—focusing on only the present moment or what is “real” at the present moment.

Now, how do you apply meditation to your day-to-day world?

By training your awareness only to remain present in whatever activity you are undertaking in real life, you will find yourself right in the center of that activity you are engaging in. In this way, you will be doing your very best, and meanwhile getting the greatest satisfaction from doing so.

To illustrate, say, you are doing a mundane everyday chore, such as washing the dishes or taking out the trash—something you may not like to do, but you are doing it anyway because you have to. If you have had training in meditation, you will know how to keep uninvited thoughts to a minimum while you are doing the dishes or taking out the trash, and thus enabling you to be in the center of what you are experiencing as well as to do it without distraction. A mind trained in meditation leads to a state of stillness that can be maintained no matter what you are doing, or what is happening around you. That is the power of meditation.

The principles of meditation can be applied to the non-meditating part of your everyday life, such as walking.

As you begin walking, let go of the outside world.

Focus on your breathing: listen to the relaxed sound of your breathing in and breathing out.

Make your walk slow and purposeful.

As you are walking, observe each step that you are making. Notice all the physical sensation of your feet, as well as the way your arms are swinging back and forth, brushing against your body.

If unwanted thoughts come, re-focus your awareness on your breathing and physical sensations.

Likewise, you can turn any everyday activity into meditative nature in order to enhance your awareness and clarity of mind, which can be life-transforming in the following ways:

Your senses come to life.

You see how things change from moment to moment, so you have a better understanding of what is important and what is “real” in your life.

You find it easier to let go of things you found difficult to let go in the past.

These are the sublime benefits of meditation. You can turn meditation, which is a mindful, in-the-moment mental exercise, into everyday activity, and it can be applied to all aspects of your life. Let meditation transform your life for the better.


Stephen Lau
Copyright© by Stephen Lau


Monday, September 10, 2018

Improve Your Memory


Prevent Memory Loss

Memory loss is rather common as you age. However, it does not necessarily mean you're going to have Alzheimer's disease. But combat memory loss like a disease. It is a misconception that you should write down what you need to do in order not to forget - well, that's a very passive way of dealing with the problem of memory loss. It's very much like "cutting you toes to avoid the worms." Remember, if you don't use your brain power, you will lose it. It's that simple. Don't try to remember things the hard way.

Improve Memory

At any age, you can still make some significant changes in your lifestyle; you don't have to turn your life upside down, or make extremely drastic changes to achieve the many benefits of sharpening your mind. Start with something small to keep your brain active everyday. Stay curious - commit to lifelong learning. Stay healthier and younger as you age.

When you think of longevity health, think Alzheimer's disease. When you think of Alzheimer's disease, think sharpening your mind. When you think brain health, think from the neck up.

To live long, make some brain-healthy lifestyle changes, and take action by getting involved in these activities to keep your memory sharp and your brain healthy.

Truly, mental decline as you age may be due to altered connections among brain cells. The good news is: research has shown that keeping your brain active not only increases its vitality but also builds its reserves of brain cells and connections.

Research has also indicated that low levels of education are linked to a higher risk of Alzheimer's disease later in life. This may be due to a lower level of lifelong mental stimulation. That is to say, the more educated you are, the less chance you will get Alzheimer's disease - or at least the development of symptoms may appear much later in life.

Research has further shown that those who are bi-lingual and who constantly use two languages on a daily basis tend to develop greater immunity from the early symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

In short, your brain activities are responsible for your brain health, which is an important component of longevity health. To live long, you need to sharpen your mind, and don't let it idle.

Stephen Lau
Copyright© 2018 by Stephen Lau


Thursday, September 6, 2018

Happiness and Yoga


Happiness and Yoga

Happiness is a state of mind; that is, it is all in your mind. According to Descartes, the great philosopher, you are your thoughts, and your thoughts become you. In other words, you are the creator of your thoughts, which then become the substances with which you weave the fabrics of your own life, be it a happy or an unhappy one. In addition, "too much" thinking may also make you unhappy, especially if your thoughts focus on unhappy things.

According to CNN on how yoga may help you realize your resolutions in life:
simply resolving to do something isn't enough. You need the means to start on the right path and stay the course. Too many of us set large-scale intentions but fall short on a follow-through strategy. That's where yoga comes in: the ancient practice can provide the resources and support for a multitude of modern-day lifestyle changes. . . . .

If you want to be happier, your wandering mind is likely your biggest obstacle. According to a 2010 Harvard study, 47% of their time thinking about things that aren't happening. Understandably, spending half your life lost in thought is considered a major cause of unhappiness.

Yoga is a practice based on mindfulness that emphasizes using your breath to consistently connect to the present moment. It also teaches you how to breathe deeper and use meditative techniques to tap into your parasympathetic nervous system to reduce stress and increase happy hormones. . . . .”

You must be mindful of your breaths, which is a way to re-focus your mind on the present moment. If you have a compulsive mind -- that is, constantly thinking of the past and the future --you are not living in the present; not living in the now means your mind is obsessed with past memories and worries of future happenings. Remember, the past was gone, the future is unknown, and only the present is real. Therefore, the key to happiness is slowing down your compulsive mind. Yes, yoga is an exercise that may do just that.

Read my book Be A Better And Happier You With Tao Wisdom. It shows you how to live your life as if everything is a miracle. The book is based on the ancient wisdom of TAO from ancient China. True human wisdom requires you to be mindful of what is going on in your mind, and be mindful of others through love and compassion; mindfulness holds the key to understanding who you really are and what you really need in your life in order to be a happier individual.

Stephen Lau
Copyright©2018 by Stephen Lau


Monday, September 3, 2018

Mind Power and Sleep Deprivation


Mind Power and Sleep Deprivation

Are you a truck driver or shift worker planning to catch up on some sleep this weekend?

Cramming in extra hours of shut-eye may not make up for those lost pulling all-nighters, new research indicates.

The damage may already be done -- brain damage, that is, said neuroscientist Sigrid Veasey from the University of Pennsylvania.
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It is a myth that you can pay back a sizeable "sleep debt" with long naps later on, according to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Long-term sleep deprivation saps the brain of power even after days of recovery sleep, Veasey said. And that could be a sign of lasting brain injury.

Veasey and her colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania medical school wanted to find out, so, they put laboratory mice on a wonky sleep schedule that mirrors that of shift workers.

They let them snooze, then woke them up for short periods and for long ones.

Then the scientists looked at their brains -- more specifically, at a bundle of nerve cells they say is associated with alertness and cognitive function, the locus coeruleus.

They found damage and lots of it. "The mice lose 25% of these neurons," Veasey said.

This is how the scientists think it happened.

When the mice lost a little sleep, nerve cells reacted by making more of a protein, called sirtuin type 3, to energize and protect them.

But when losing sleep became a habit, that reaction shut down. After just a few days of "shift work" sleep, the cells start dying off at an accelerated pace.

Veasey said: "No one really thought that the brain could be irreversibly injured from sleep loss."

Of course, more work needs to be done on humans.

Are you getting enough sleep? Are you working odd hours? How dangerous is sleep deprivation to your brain power?

Stephen Lau
Copyright©2018 by Stephen Lau

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Dealing With Emotional Pain


Dealing With Emotional Pain

Human life is never pain or sorrow free—that is life, whether you like it or not.

Human pain is intensified by the human mind, which seeks to deny and to avoid it. To alleviate the pain, focus the mind on the present moment. Accept it, and cope with it, instead of fighting against it.

Suffering, pain, and misery are necessary for the co-existence of contentment, pleasure, and happiness, just as sickness and health are at the far ends of that same phenomenological spectrum. According to TAO wisdom (the ancient wisdom from China), these extremes in human experience are not only temporary but also unnatural; they are just the cycles of nature in which the pendulum swings back and forth from one end to the other. Therefore, it is human folly to attempt to avoid or to resist experiencing these swings; by doing so, man throws himself out of balance with nature, and thus not only intensifies but also unduly prolongs his suffering. According to TAO, acceptance holds the key:

“Accept misfortune as the human condition. . .
What do you mean by
‘Accept misfortune as the human condition’?
Misfortune comes from having a body.
Without a body, how could there be misfortune?”
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 13)

The TAO solution to human pain and suffering is non-judgment through focusing on the present moment.

Emotional pain often leaves behind a residue of pain that continues to live on in you. Combined with the accumulated pain in the past, the new emotional pain begins to merge with that in the past, giving it a newer dimension with greater intensity.

To illustrate, we often find ourselves burst into uncontrollable anger when triggered by an unpleasant incident, and begin lashing at the aggressor with outbursts of past grudges and grievances that have nothing to do with the present incident. Our emotional pain can only feed on past pain, and thus creating more pain—a vicious circle of misery and suffering.

Staying in the present moment may enable you to confront uour subconscious identification with the past thoughts deeply embedded in your subconscious mind. Maybe you are not the person you think you are, and you are simply afraid to face the pain that lives in you. As long as the fear is not overcome, you will continue to think you are the person you think you are, and you will continue to experience the past pain for the rest of your life.

Remember, emotional pain is caused by emotional thoughts, which generate negative energy that causes body-and-mind pain.

For example, through the subconscious mind, angry thoughts on what someone did to you become “you” because you identify them with you. The emotional pain then becomes “you” because where there is anger there is also pain.

The wisdom of TAO is to use the present moment to dis-identify yourself from your mind; by shattering the deceptive mind identification, you begin to see the light and the ultimate truth. It is like the Biblical wisdom expressed by Apostle Paul when he said: “Everything is being shown up by being exposed to the light, and whatever is exposed to the light itself becomes light.” (Ephesians 5:13)

Stephen Lau
Copyright©2018 by Stephen Lau