Monday, April 17, 2017

My Newly Published Book on DEPRESSION

My Way! No Way! TAO Is The Way!
TAO Wisdom To Live And Survive In A World Of Depression

My newly published book is perhaps one the few books with a totally unconventional approach to depression, a universal mind disorder. Instead of the conventional ways of avoiding depression with distractions, such as exercise, suppressing its symptoms with affirmations and visualizations, and elevating its depressive moods with medications, this 180-page book uses the ancient wisdom from China, what is known as TAO wisdom, to experience anything and everything in depression, that is, going through every aspect of depression.  

TAO wisdom may enlighten you so that you may ultimately free yourself from depression, or at least look at your own depression very differently.

Here is the INTRODUCTION to the book:

“TAO is neither a religion nor a philosophy.

TAO is simply a way of life about the Way of life, that is, a general way of thinking about everything in life. It is a pathless path of humanity to live as if everything is a miracle.

TAO is the Way through anything and everything in life in order to fully experience them and live in balance and harmony. TAO is not about avoiding or getting out of anything unhappy and undesirable in everyday life, such as depression; rather, it is about going through depression by experiencing every aspect of it in order to become enlightened, if possible, with the profound human wisdom to continue living in peace and harmony in a world of depression.

TAO is looking at life not as a series of both happy and unhappy episodes, but simply as a journey of self-discovery and self-awakening to the real meaning of life existence. You are defined not by your words and thoughts, but by the ways you act and react, as well as the impact you may have on others around you. You exist not because you are simply here; you are here in this world to love and to learn how to live, as well as to help one another do the same.

TAO is formless, shapeless, and inexplicable in words; after all, it had existed long before there were even words. TAO is infinite human wisdom, which is a pathless path to the infinity and the origin of all things.
TAO is not about making your life any easier; it is about acceptance of all aspects of your humanity that need to be fully experienced, embraced, and then to be let go of in order to become wholesome at other times of your life and living—that is the essence of TAO wisdom, which is true enlightenment of the human mind.

Living in a world of depression, you might want every-thing your way or no way. But TAO is the Way through your depression, enabling you to understand how and why you might have your depression in the first place.”

If this book is suitable for you, you can click here to get your Amazon digital copy, or here to get your paperback hard copy.

Stephen Lau
Copyright© by Stephen Lau

Monday, March 27, 2017

Internal Life Energy for Vision Health

Getting old is no fun: your vision declines, among other things! But it doesn’t have to be like that.
Your vision health is holistic health: that is, it is related to your overall health, in particular, your kidneys and your spine. According to Chinese medicine, the kidneys are considered the longevity organs of the body. An erect spine contributes to better breathing, and, more importantly, the free flow of “qi” which is internal life energy flowing through the meridians of your body. This internal life energy carries oxygen and nutrients to your eyes, as well as your other body organs. If you want to be vibrant with good vision, focus on your kidneys and your lower back.
As you continue to age, you may not want to do too many rigorous exercises. The following basic “qi gong” exercise helps both your kidneys and your lower back, and therefore is beneficial to your vision health:

(1) As you get up in the morning, stand with your feet close together.
(2) Relax your head and shoulders by gently rotating your head upward, downward, right and left in a circular motion, while opening your eyes. Do not “fix” your eyes on anything; just let them “notice” the surrounding.
(3) Stretch your hands upward as far as you can go, and then forward. You will feel the stretch in your lower back.
(4) Now, bend forward until your hands touch the floor, or as far as you can go. Continue to look upward to keep your back straight. Remain in this position for as long as possible.
(5) Then, slowly uncurl your body.
(6) Repeat the above.

This exercise is easy to perform, and it benefits the whole body, especially the eye. Perform this exercise as you get up in the morning, and before you go to bed.
 For more information, go to my web page: Vision Health.
Kidney Diet Secrets: Learn the secrets of research-based kidney-focused diet to cure yourself of kidney problems. Forget about expensive drugs, costly doctor consultation, and even unnecessary surgeries.

Stephen Lau
Copyright © 2017 by Stephen Lau

Monday, March 20, 2017

Bad Vision Habits

Healthy vision is also a matter of the mind, and not just the eye.
Vision self-healing, like any other healing, begins with the mind first, and not the body or the eye for that matter.
The intention to heal comes from within, specifically, the mind. With intention, comes concentration and then focus to empower yourself with the knowledge to heal your eyes of any vision problem you may have. The manifestation of the mind is reflected throughout the healing process, irrespective of the eye or any other body organ.
Healing begins with the mind, and mind healing is always mind over matter.

Changing for the Better

The mind can either heal or harm. Your mind can help you improve your vision because vision healing is all in the mind, but it can also increase your subconscious internal resistance to following new patterns requisite for self-healing.
All vision begins with thoughts. Seeing is a matter of the mind. To see better, you need to change not only the way you “think” about seeing but also the way you “go about” seeing. It is all in the mind—your thinking mind!
Changing your vision habits—most of which may be incorrect or even damaging to your vision health—is not an easy task. Once these visual patterns are deeply ingrained in your mind, they have become your long-term memories, and to change them or to eradicate them becomes a new challenge. But you can and you must overcome that challenge through your mind power.
Harness your mind power to do two things for you:
To restore your memories of clear, sharp visual images
To visualize familiar images of clear vision, such as imagining total darkness in order to totally relax your optic nerve (total relaxation occurring only in total darkness) connected to your brain.
Memory and imagination are powerful tools for you to improve your vision, because your mind has a deep connection with your eyes. Effectively using your mind can successfully stimulate clearer and better vision. It is always mind over matter.

Changing vision habits

How do you change your bad vision habits? There is a saying: “It is difficult to teach an old dog new tricks.” The conscious mind is often reluctant and resistant to any change. Believe it or not, most of us are stubborn creatures—more like an old dog—who do not want to get out of own comfort zones. The only way to overcome this obstacle is through changing the subconscious mind.
Basically, your mind is made up of your conscious mind and your subconscious mind. Your conscious mind makes decisions and you act accordingly, but it is your subconscious mind that directs your conscious mind. That is to say, in your conscious mind, you are fully aware of your actions and their respective consequences; in your subconscious mind, where you store your emotions and memories, you only respond spontaneously to repetitions of words and images in the form of affirmations and visualization. In other words, if you keep on repeating positive self-suggestions or visualizing positive images in your mind’s eye, you can effectively change the thoughts in your conscious mind through your subconscious mind.
To learn more about how to change some of your bad vision habits, read my book: Vision Self-Healing Self-Help.

Stephen Lau
Copyright© by Stephen Lau

Monday, March 13, 2017

Letting Go for Better Vision Health

Life is forever changing, whether we like it or not. We must learn to accept the fact that we are sometimes powerless to stop any unwelcome change in our lives. But many of us would still strive to control our lives by avoiding and preventing those changes from happening. This is how we have created the stress in our daily living.

Stress affects our vision health because if our minds are stressed, our bodies become unrelaxed, and our eyes are parts of our body organs too.

Stress comes from our attachments to many things in this material world that confront us in our everyday life, and many of these are not only unavoidable but also insoluble. To overcome these daily challenges, many of us just turn to our attachment as a means of distracting ourselves from facing our problems head on. All of our struggles in life, from anxiety to frustrations, from anger to sadness, from grief to worry—they all stem from the same thing: our attachment to how we want things to be, rather than relaxing into accepting and embracing whatever that might happen after we have put forth our best effort.

Attachment is the source of human miseries. Worse, attachment may come in many different forms that we are unaware of.

Career attachments

Your career may span over decades, involving many ups and downs, such as promotion and unemployment, changes of career and pursuits of higher qualifications, among others. They may have become your problematic attachments.

Money and wealth attachments

Nowadays, to many people, enjoyment of life requires money—and lots of it—and you may be one of them. Attachment to money and the riches of the material world is often a result of an inflated ego-self. You may want to keep up with the Joneses—driving a more expensive car than your neighbors and friends.

Relationship attachments

Living has to do with people, involving agreements and disagreements, often resulting in mixed emotional feelings of joy and sorrow, contentment and regret, among others, and they become attachments to the ego-self as memories that you may refuse to let go of—forgetting and forgiving, for example, are hurdles often difficult to overcome.

Adversity and prosperity attachments

In the course of human life, loss and bereavement are as inevitable as death. Loss can be physical, material, and even spiritual, such as loss of hope and purpose. You may want to attach to the good old days, and refuse to let go of the current adversity. Adversity and prosperity attachments stem from the ego-self.

But human attachment is no more than a safety blanket to overcome fear—fear of change and of the unknown from that change. To cope with that fear, all attachments become distractions. According to Simone Weil, “Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.” Simone Weil


Read my book: The Wisdom of Letting Go. Find out how and why human attachments are obstacles to living a life of balance and happiness. Get the wisdom to let go of your emotional and material attachments in order to live as if everything is a miracle.

Stephen Lau 

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Using the Mind to Change Bad Vision Habits

Poor vision is often caused by poor vision habits, such as eye fixation and eye strain.

But how do you change your bad vision habits?

There is a saying: “It is difficult to teach an old dog new tricks.” The conscious mind is often reluctant and resistant to any change. Believe it or not, most of us are stubborn creatures—more like an old dog—who do not want to get out of own comfort zones. The only way to overcome this obstacle is through changing the subconscious mind.

To initiate any meaningful change, you must rely on your mind, specifically, your subconscious mind. Give your mind the tools it needs to change for the better.

Your thoughts pre-determine how your eyes function. Use positive affirmations and creative images to change your thinking in order to change how your eyes should function.

Affirmations and visualization

Affirmations and visualization are powerful mind-power tools to change your subconscious mind in order to change your conscious mind. They are effective in changing bad vision habits that inhibit vision self-healing. Remember, these bad vision habits may have become long-term memories in your subconscious mind. You must eradicate them!

For affirmations or self-suggestions to be effective, they must meet the following criteria:

They must be simple and easy to remember (Always use the present tense!).

They must be practical, realistic, and achievable. (Do not visualize yourself as a billionaire!)

They must be what you strongly believe in, not just what you wish for. (Always know the difference between what you need and what you want!)

They must be repeatedly constantly and consistently in order to have an impact on your subconscious mind. (Always be consistent and persistent!)

You can repeat to yourself daily the following positive affirmations or self-suggestions (of course, you can always make up your own self-suggestions):

I am willing to accept any change in order to heal my eyes.

I am learning how to correct my bad vision habits in order to see better.

I am working diligently to achieve my goal in vision self-healing.

I am committed to improving my vision.

I believe one day I do not have to wear glasses.

I possess the mind power to overcome any challenge in my pursuit of vision self-healing.

Creating your visualization

Visualization is the use of positive images to create the “reality” in your subconscious mind such that “seeing” the positive result of your efforts reinforces your determination and perseverance to reach your goal of vision self-healing.

Visualization plays a pivotal part in your vision improvement: you visualize what your eyes can see through your efforts, as well as how your eyes can improve through regular practice.

Vision research has attested to the close connection between the mind (visualization) and vision (focusing). If you visualize seeing a distant object, the focusing mechanism of your eye can physically respond to your imagination; that is, your eye can actually change its focus through visualization.

In visualization, you close your eyes in your imagination, you relax them in your imagination, and then you re-open them in your imagination. It is all in your imagination.

Stephen Lau
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Healing Your Vision

In order to heal yourself of any eye problem you may already have, you need to know the fundamentals of self-healing.

Intention to heal

Life is all about choices. Your life is but the sum of some of the choices—some good, some not so good, and some bad ones—that you have made throughout your life. Intention to heal is one of the choices you have to make in order to be healed. Healing does not take place on its own; it has to be initiated.

Lao Tzu, the famous ancient Chinese philosopher, once said: A journey of a thousand miles begins with taking the first step.If you want vision self-healing, you must demonstrate your intention to heal yourself. Nobody can make that choice for you, except yourself. Have the intention to heal your vision at all cost!

Desire to heal

Many people know what to do or rather what they should do, but most of them still don’t do it; knowing is one thing, while doing it is another. There is always a strong inner voice that smothers the desire and intention to heal. You must overcome that strong inner voice through self-suggestions.

Knowledge to heal

In order to do something, you need to know why you should do it, as well as how to do it right. Without such knowledge, you may not even want to do it at all—including how to heal yourself. Knowledge takes away your fear to accept the challenge and to confront the outcome of your endeavor.

Goals to heal

There is a saying: “Seeing is believing.” But if you “believe” what you “see” in your mind’s eye, you will “see” the result of what you “believe”; that is, if you believe what you see, you will see what you believe—this is the power of visualization. To do this, first of all, you must set goals to heal yourself, and then visualize yourself healed as a result of achieving those goals. Seeing the realization of some of your goals will further reinforce your belief.

Commitment to heal

Like any endeavor, the road to success is often paved with many obstacles and setbacks. To overcome these stumbling blocks, you need commitment, which is practice and practice, and more practice. All natural healing takes time, and nature cannot be rushed. Patience and perseverance hold the key to your success in vision self-healing.

Healing the eye is all about awareness. Vision self-healing is about the application of this awareness in your everyday life. It is just that simple!

Stephen Lau
Copyright© by Stephen Lau

Monday, February 27, 2017

Good Habits for Better Vision


The following are some good habits for better vision:

MENTAL HABITS

Make no comparison between vision without glasses and vision with glasses. Learn to be comfortable with blur. Do not strive to see clearly. Clear vision will automatically come with improved vision.

Clear vision has to do with the strength of the eye muscles, and the shape of the eye. Mind power has this capability.

Harness your mind power for self-affirmations and positive visualization for vision improvement.

VISUAL HABITS

Develop good visual habits to enhance your vision improvement.

Blinking: Blink constantly to relax the eye. Blinking has to be soft and complete, not rapid.

Shifting: Shift your eyes constantly (the healthy eye sends more than 50 images per second to the brain) and rapidly by changing your eye focus frequently. Your eyes move more rapidly when they are relaxed.

Peripheral vision: Be aware of your total field of vision whenever you focus your eyes. Use BOTH central vision and peripheral vision at the same time.

Natural sunlight: Spend more time outdoors instead of indoors to reap the health benefits of sunlight in nourishing your visual system.

Palming: Relaxation of the eye cures all vision problems. The eye rests completely only in total darkness. Practice palming (covering your eyes with your palms but without touching them), and visualize blackness even for as little as 1 to 2 minutes per session. Of course, the longer you palm, the more relaxed your eyes become.

Vision without glasses: See without glasses to bring back your eye’s natural “accommodation” for better vision. However, remember not to strain to see without glasses. Reduce your time of wearing glasses, and delay the time you put on glasses in the morning. Use under-corrected prescription to slowly and gradually wean yourself from wearing corrective lenses.

VISION AWARENESS

Vision health is all about awareness—awareness of what you should do and what you should not do. Your conscious mind may want to change the bad vision habits that continue to impair your vision, but it is constantly held back by your subconscious mind.

Form the habit of awareness. Always be aware of the following good vision habits:

To heal the eye, change your vision habit!

Your mind determines how your eyes see!

Use your subconscious mind to change your vision with affirmations and visualization!

Breathe right to relax both the mind and the mind!

Consciously train your eyes for distant vision!

Regularly look up from your computer or your book!

The shape of the eyeball determines the power of vision. The relaxation level of the eye predetermines the shape of the eyeball.

See only selectively! Never STRAIN your eyes in order to see better! A blurry image is OK!

Look without blinking (soft vision) for 10 seconds or so!

Do not STARE! Blink to stop frozen gaze!

Do not let a day pass by without palming your eyes!

Always BLINK—soft and complete! Form the habit of constant blinking!

Always train your eyes for peripheral vision to see what is on both sides of your eyes!.

Swing and shift your body with clear and soft vision of your eyes!

Edge and track a distant object with your eyes anytime and anywhere!

Stephen Lau

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