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Thursday, July 12, 2018

"Under-Doing" for Better Vision


Vision healing has much to do with stress, which strains not only the body, but also the eyes, causing eye fatigue and all types of eye problems. Vision health has to do with relaxation, especially relaxation of the body and the mind. Remember, the body and the mind are interconnected. If the body is stressed, the mind becomes stressed too, and vice-versa. Stress is the major factor in human diseases, including those related to eye vision.

We are living in a fast-paced world, in which everything has to be done not only instantly but also efficiently. To meet that demand, much effort is required, often resulting in "over-doing" that creates the stress.

"Under-doing" -- rather than "over-doing" -- is wisdom in living because it enables living in the present to relax both the body and the mind. This deep relaxation is based on the ancient wisdom of Tao or that of Lao Tzu, the author of Tao Te Ching, the originator of Tao, which is "the way" to understanding and attaining wisdom in deep relaxation. Read my book: TAO The Way to Biblical Wisdom to get a better understanding and greater details of Tao wisdom.

First and foremost, to attain this ancient wisdom, one must negate the ego-self, or to have no separate-self. This is the most important first step on the path to wisdom. Once an individual has created an ego-self or an identity (which, according to Lao Tzu, is self-delusional), the individual will go at great lengths to live up to that "false" identity, and thus creating expectations of certain outcomes. To ensure that those expectations will materialize, the individual then begins to pick and choose what is presumably to be right or wrong. Preferences and judgments further lead to more stress. Obsessed with repeating the good in the past and avoiding the bad in the future, the individual is unable to live in the present moment, which is the essence of total body and mind relaxation. Instead of living in the present to enjoy life, "over-doing" what-it-takes to accomplish the goals becomes the norm. Unfortunately, "over-doing" often comes with a price -- stress.

To illustrate, former cyclist Lance Armstrong was stripped of his medals due to his role and involvement with the most sophisticated and successful doping program ever, professionally designed to groom and pressure athletes to use dangerous drugs, to evade detection, to ensure its secrecy and ultimately to gain an unfair competitive advantage over other athletes. That was a classic example of "over-doing" by an athlete who created an ego-self that craved for satisfaction. To meet his own expectations as well as those of others, including his coach, he manipulated the doping program in order to excel and surpass others. He got what he wanted through "over-doing" but with an ultimate price--losing what he thought he had gained, no to mention creating stress in the process. 

The unconventional wisdom, according to Lao Tzu, is to have no separate-self. With no ego, you have no expectations; you do what you need to do, without undue efforts, you live in the present, enjoying every moment of it, and you wait patiently for things to turn out naturally or the way they are supposed to. Without over-doing, everything will settle into its perfect place. That is the wisdom of "under-doing," which is the essence of a stress-free life; without undue stress in living, you may have better vision.

For more information on Tao wisdom, visit my website: Wisdom in Living.

Stephen Lau
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