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Monday, December 31, 2018

Wisdom Begins With An Empty Mind

Wisdom Begins With An Empty Mind

“Focusing on status gives us pride, and not humility.
Hoarding worldly riches deprives us of heavenly assets.

An empty mind with no craving and no expectation helps us let go of everything.
Being in the world and not of the world, we attain heavenly grace.

With heavenly grace, we become pure and selfless.
And everything settles into its own perfect place.”
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, chapter 3)

You are in the world, but not of the world.

So, do not identify yourself with anything and everything in the world—the car you are driving, the neighborhood you are living in, the name-brand dress you are wearing, and among many others.

What is wrong with them? You become attached to them; they only enhance and inflate your ego, making you shackled to the material world.

With a deflated ego, on the other hand, you may become enlightened and see who you really are, and not what people think you are. Enlightenment opens the door to the TAO of living for life.

The reality is that many of us are not only in the world, but also of the world; so, we are living not for life, but for the world.

We are all somehow connected with one another, so focusing on yourself is not the Way of TAO, and not the TAO of living for life.

Human wisdom requires only an empty mind, not necessarily acquisition of knowledge. As a matter of fact, the more you know, the less wise you may become. The explanation is that knowledge previously acquired and accumulated often pre-conditions your thinking mind, and thus distorting your perceptions.

Human wisdom is already inside you. What you need to do is to search for it with self-intuitive questions.

Remember: less for more, and more for less; ask and you shall receive.

Stephen Lau        
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The Role of Human Wisdom in the Art of Living Well

The Role of Human Wisdom in the Art of Living Well

Wisdom plays a pivotal role in the art of living well.

Wisdom is the capability of the mind to draw sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises. We never have sufficient data for anything and everything because we are all limited in our capability in acquiring our knowledge.

Wisdom is not quite the same as knowledge: knowledge is the acquisition of facts and information, while wisdom is the application of acquired knowledge to everyday life and living. For this reason, being knowledgeable does not necessarily imply being wise. Wisdom is beyond knowledge.

Human Wisdom

Socrates, the famous Greek philosopher, once said: “An unexamined life is not worth living.”

Wisdom is examining life by frequently asking self-intuitive questions, as well as by finding answers to the questions asked about life and living. In real life, we must frequently ask ourselves many questions about anything and everything at all times.

Asking relevant questions is introspection, which is a continual 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. So, asking self-intuitive 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 also determines the kind of life you are going to live. Your questions often trigger a set of mental answers, which may lead to actions or inactions, based on the choices you have made from the answers you have obtained. Remember, your life is always the sum of all the choices you make in the process of going through your life journey.

To make the right daily life choices, you need human wisdom, which is clarity of thinking, to know who you really are, what choices are available to you, and why you decide on those choices.

TAO Wisdom

TAO is the profound human wisdom of Lao Tzu, the ancient sage from China, more than 2,600 years ago, who was the author of the immortal classic Tao Te Ching on human wisdom.

Stephen Lau
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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Believe iin Eye Exercises

Believe in Eye Exercises

Albert Einstein once said: "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as if nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is a miracle."

Life is a miracle; even your breath is a miracle in itself. To live your life as if everything is a miracle, you need to believe it in the first place.

In life, everything has to do with your belief. If you believe you can do it, you will do it and can do it. Belief comes from your mind. Descartes, the famous French philosopher, rightly said: "I think, therefore I am." That is to say, everything is in your mind, and your mind comes from your thoughts that give you the reality. Therefore, if you think you can, you can; if you think you cannot, then you cannot. It's just that simple. 

My point is: if you believe that eye exercises can improve your vision, then they can. Your eyes are just like the rest of your body organs that deteriorate with misuse or lack of use. If you seldom walk, you will end up in a wheel chair sooner than later. If you don't exercise your eyes, your vision will deteriorate with age faster and sooner. If you don't let your eyes rest -- in particular, if you spend hours and hours in front of the computer screen or your i-pad, you will develop eyestrain that ultimately damages your vision.

In reality, do eye exercises work? Yes, definitely! But you may not see the immediate result -- just like lack of physical exercise may not let you see the result instantly. It's like the fable of the frog in a heated pot: the frog would not notice the heat being turned up until it is too late. Believe me, all eye exercise not only improve your vision but also prevent your vision from deteriorating due to age. Believe in eye exercises as if everything is a miracle.

My book: As If Everything Is A Miracle provides guidelines on how to rethink the mind, renew the body, and reconnect the soul so that you may believe as if everything is a miracle.

The body perceives all sensations and experiences in the physical world. The mind interprets and registers them in the subconscious mind, which controls the conscious mind in its daily life choices and decisions, resulting in actions, non-actions, and reactions of the body in the physical world. The soul feeds the mind with spirituality that provides connection and interconnection with others through empathy and compassion, gratitude and generosity, as well as love and forgiveness. The body, the mind, and the soul—all play a pivotal role in wisdom in contemporary living. The essence of this wisdom is their “alignment” with one another for balance and harmony in the being of an individual.

Stephen Lau
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Good Posture Good Vision

Vision health has much to do with your physical health. As such, vision is inter-connected with body posture. Therefore, to improve eyesight, you must also improve posture.

The explanation is that vision health is holistic health, which means it includes the health of the body, the mind, and the spirit. Eyesight is an integral part of vision. Your eyesight determines how you see the world at large; your perception is your reality. Therefore, your perception becomes the raw materials of your life experiences, which will directly or indirectly affect your physical, mental, and emotional wellness. By the same token, your physical, mental, and emotional health will have a bearing on your vision health, and hence your eyesight.

According to Dr. William Bates (1860 - 1931), the founder of natural vision improvement, poor vision is the result of eyestrain, due to mental and physical stress on the eye, and hence the distortion of the eye shape, causing nearsightedness and farsightedness. Dr. William Bates strongly believed that eye relaxation holds the key to improving vision.

But eye relaxation begins with the mind first, not the eye. The mind must be completely relaxed before it can relax the body—and then the eye, which is only one of the organs of the body.

Improve posture to relax the body and the mind, and hence the eye. After all, posture health is overall health: it affects your whole being in many different ways.

Improve posture to improve your breathing. Incorrect breathing results in compromised lung functioning, leading to inadequate oxygen intake by all body organs and tissues, and hence a host of health issues, including vision health. Improve posture to optimize breathing for vision health.

Improve posture to avoid debilitating body pain, such as neck pain, leg pain, and even headaches. In addition, an arched back exerts undue pressure on the joints and nerves, causing joint pain and rheumatism. Due to poor body posture, all the muscle groups supporting the crooked spine may become stretched and strained, causing wear and tear, resulting in lower back pain. Chronic body pain often interferes with natural sleep, which is a major factor in relaxation of the body and the mind, in particular, the eye. Therefore, it is important to improve posture for eye relaxation to improve eyesight.

To successfully improve posture, you must develop an acute awareness for good posture at all times.

Good posture does not mean "jamming your shoulders back, tucking in your tummy, and standing stiff"; this posture does not align your body, nor is it practicable in that you can maintain that position over an extended period. Good posture means that in any standing position, you body posture should be as follows:

Your head is directly above your shoulders.

Your chin is tucked in.

Your ear, shoulder, and hip are in a straight line from a side view.

Your upper back is straight, not slouched.

Your shoulders, relaxed and straight, are flat against your back.

Your pelvis is in a neutral position.

Your knees are unlocked.

Be mindful not just of your standing posture, but also your sitting and sleeping posture—they all play a pivotal part in eye relaxation, which holds the key to improving eyesight.

Stephen Lau
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Monday, December 24, 2018

Computer Vision Syndrome

Computer Vision Syndrome

According to CNN 11/12/13, working on the computer for too long and too close may result in computer vision syndrome (CVS), which is a vision disorder due to spending too much time on the computer.

"We definitely see a lot of people who complain of eyestrain," says opthalmologist Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler. "Hours upon hours of close focusing without taking a break is usually the main culprit." Sitting too close and too long to the computer is the main cause of eyestrain. "This forces your eyes to work harder than usual as you strain to focus on tiny font sizes," Dr. Wachler warns.

Common symptoms of eyestrain and CVS include: sore eyes, dry eyes, teary eyes, blurry vision, double vision, light sensitivity, difficulty focusing on images, neck pain, headache or a combination of all of the above. Given that vision is one of the most important assets in your life, protect your vision health.

To protect your eyes while working on the computer, you must sit with the right posture (that is erect) , at the right distance (20" - 40'), and at the right level (eyes level with top monitor screen). After every half hour or so, blink your eyes. The blink should be soft, not hard, and it should be complete. Do this a couple of times. Look at a distant object. and blink again. Form the habit of blinking, and consciously blink when you scan words on the computer screen. Wherever possible, do a eye-palming exercise, which is covering your eyes with both hands but without touching them with your eyes gently closed. Eye exercise are particularly important not only for relaxing your eyes but also for improving your vision naturally. Read my book Vision Self-Healing Self-Help.

Stephen Lau
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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Wisdom in Living

Wisdom in Living

Health is one of the greatest assets of your being, and your eyes are of the most important organs in your body. For without vision, you see nothing, and your perceptions of the world and your experiences will be totally different. The importance of vision health cannot be over-stressed.

Many people don’t pay much attention to their vision health as long as they can see. But vision health, like the health of any organ, may deteriorate over the years; worse, the deterioration will be gradual and subtle, but permanent and devastating long term.

The overall health of an individual is often ignored, just as Dr. Deepak Chopra, M.D. bestselling author, and founder of the Chopra enter for Well-being, once said: “If you don’t take care of your health today, you will be forced to take care of your illness tomorrow.”

To take care of your overall health and well-being, you need wisdom, and not just common sense. The explanation is that health and wellness have to be holistic: that is, it includes, the body, the mind, and the soul. For example, in vision health, it is not just relaxing your eyes when you work for too long on your computer; your mind can stress you, and the toxic desires of the body can adversely affect the mind and the souls as well. Wellness wisdom is about the body, the mind, and the soul—they all play a pivotal role in your overall wellness, which ultimately affect your vision health as well.

Look beyond what your eyes can see, and that is wisdom in living.

Get your wellness wisdom for your vision health.

Stephen Lau
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Monday, December 17, 2018

Physical Vision Clarity

Helen Keller once said: "It's a terrible thing to see and have no vision." 

Vision clarity involves the physical, the emotional, the mental, and the spiritual. Vision clarity holds the key to the holistic wellness of an individual. Many of us have eyes, but do not really "see" because we have no vision clarity. Seeing is the most important of the human's five senses. But many of us don't take care of our physical vision; as a result, the emotional, the mental , and spiritual aspects of vision are also adversely affected.

How do you take care of your physical vision? 

Vision health begins with the physical vision; that is, you must take care of your eyes by exercising them and supplying them with nutrients, just as you would take care of your body..

Take care of your breathing

Breathing right supplies oxygen to your eyes and your brain, as well as other body organs and tissues. Do not hold you breath when you concentrate Always aim for complete breath, which is diaphragm breathing.

Consciously change your breathing pattern. Use your diaphragm (the diaphragm muscle separating your chest from your abdomen) to breathe, instead of your chest. If you place one hand on your breastbone, feeling that it is raised, with the other hand above your waist, feeling the diaphragm muscle moving up and down, then you are practicing diaphragm breathing correctly  If you breathe correctly, you will feel much more relaxed, and hence benefits your eyes.

Correct bad physical vision habits

If you do not blink frequentlenough, you will not be able to see well. It is justhat simple. Blinking has many vision benefits: it overcomes the harmful habit of staring; it relaxes theye; it cleanses and massages the eye; it improves nearsightedness.

Learn how to blink, not squint. The former relaxethe eye, while thlatter stresses the eye because it uses undue force to close and opethe eye.

Always remember to blink severatimes before you look at somethinin close vision and in distant vision. Good habit forming is important.

Relax through awareness and body posture

You are living in a world that encourages speed and compulsive thinking. As a result, stress is everyday phenomenon. Awareness is the key to de-stressing yourself. Be aware of you neck, shoulder, and back muscles. Concentrate your mind on your breathing, while paying attention to the sensations of these muscles. Consciousness of your body posture also plays a pivotal role in your body relaxation.

Smile and smile 

Smile is contagious. Learn to smile and smile more often no matter what happens. Soon enough, smile may become second nature to you. It may even open the door to emotional health and spiritual growth.

Stephen Lau

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Blinking for Clearer Vision

Studies have shown that between 50 and 90% of people who work in front of a computer screen have some symptoms of eye trouble.

"We definitely see a lot of people who complain of eyestrain," says opthalmologist Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler. "Hours upon hours of close focusing without taking a break is usually the main culprit."

The problem is so common, there's even a name for it: Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). Common symptoms of eyestrain include: sore eyes, dry eyes, teary eyes, blurry vision, double vision, light sensitivity, difficulty focusing on images, neck pain, headache or a combination of all of the above.

Blinking is something humans (and virtually all other creatures) do involuntarily, just like breathing or swallowing. Obviously excluding animals like fish and snakes, which do not have eyelids, everybody and every animal blinks at varying rates. Eyelids are designed to keep the eyes safe, moist, and free of debris, and blinking is a mechanism intended to make sure that the eyelids are constantly doing their job. Thanks to science, it is now widely known that the average person blinks 15-20 times per minute, and nearly 29,000 times per day.

The rate of blinking often depends on the activity, and is often a way for scientists to study how much brain activity is consumed by a specific action. Blinking is the most effective way for individuals to avoid eyestrain from too much computer work. It refreshes the eyes most naturally

But blink rates are much reduced when staring at a computer screen or other digital device, and this can make your eyes burn, dry out, turn red or feel itchy. Sitting too close to your computer monitor, or holding a digital device closer to your eyes than you would normally hold a book or newspaper, also poses a problem. 

The bottom line: be aware of your need to blink,

Stephen Lau

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Vision Problems in the Golden Years

As you get into your golden years (that is 65 and beyond)), you will have noticed the deterioration of your vision. As a matter of fact, vision loss begins as early as in the 30s, and its deterioration accelerates in the 40s and 50s. Now, if you are already in your golden years, you might have much impaired vision, especially they could have been aggravated by your decline in health, such as getting diabetes. Getting older will take its toll on your body in many ways and your eyesight is just one thing that will start to deteriorate with age.

Some of the obvious signs and symptoms of vision deterioration are: difficulty in focusing (slower and less accurate)—a condition known as presbyopia, which is caused by the hardening of the eyes’ lenses; difficulty in seeing either long or short distances--conditions known as either nearsightedness or farsightedness.

Presbyopia will result in difficulty to read or doing work that requires accurate focus; nearsightedness or farsightedness may require you to wear bifocals or different eyeglasses.

Other problematic issues with vision loss include an increased risk of age-related eye diseases, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts. These problems can lead to severe eyesight issues if they are not taken care of immediately.

In your golden years, take extra care of your vision health and eyesight issues to reduce the risk of blindness further down the road. Check your health, especially your eye health, on a regular basis. This may play a pivotal role in preventing further deterioration or even blindness. Prevention is always better than a cure.

Make sure that you have eye tests done at least twice a year and if you start to notice a decline in your ability to focus or see clearly.

To correct your vision problem, many eye doctors and opticians are quick to prescribe corrective lenses or even talk about the possibility of having surgery to fix any vision problem.  The advice here is think carefully before you make a decision.

Consider the use of eye exercises to help correct nearsightedness, farsightedness or presbyopia. Eye exercises are easy and simple to do and you can even do them in your own home. A few exercises each day can really help to improve your vision significantly. However, it is important to be consistent and persevering in your eye exercise regimen (this applies to any physical exercise as well). Curing your vision loss is not an overnight endeavor.

Most vision problems, whether nearsightedness, farsightedness, or presbyopia, have to do with eye stress and strain affecting the shape of the eyes, and hence their capability to focus correctly. Of course, the eyes cannot be relaxed if the body and mind are not.

If you are in your golden years, it is important to have a holistic approach to your health and wellness, which is the wisdom in happy and successful aging.

Your Golden Years and Santa Claus shows you the wisdom in happy and successful aging in the golden years. It is a holistic and comprehensive approach to dealing with vision loss and other health issues, as well as changes and challenges, encountered late in life.

Stephen Lau

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Healthy Vision and Diet

Vision problems occur as you continue to age. If you already have them, they may deteriorate further as you advance in years. Many seniors have vision problems that may compromise their quality of life. Your Golden Yearsand Santa Claus shows you how to cope with vision problems and other health-related problems in your golden years.

You can significantly enhance vision health through diet.

Green Tea contains polyphenols that protects the blood vessels that supplies nutrients to your eyes, as well as their surrounding tissues.

Fennel alleviates eye problems, such as cataracts. You have to consume this raw or make it into a tea to bathe your eyes in it.

Passion Flower relaxes the small blood vessels in your eyes thereby instrumental in reducing the stress in the eye muscles.

Ginkgo Biloba increase the flow of nutrients and blood to your retina. Beta Carotene is an antioxidant found in dark green and orange-yellow fruits and vegetables; your body can convert it to Vitamin A, which is essential for the proper functioning of your eyes.

Endive is a green vegetable with a bitter flavor and curly leaves that are eaten raw. Drink endive juice to help your nearsightedness.

Garlic protects the capability and clarity of the crystalline lens. Always eat raw garlic to reap its benefits.

Beets help with cleansing the blood that supplies oxygen and nutrients to your eyes. In addition, beets prevent eye fatigue. You can either juice beets and eat them raw in a salad.

Spinach is loaded with antioxidants that prevent dystrophy of your retinas.

Of course, the eyes, like the rest of your body, require regular exercise to improve its eye muscle functioning. Use it or lose; that also is applicable to your eyes.

Read my book Your Golden Years and Santa Claus to find out how to take care of your vision in your golden years so that your vision is as sharp as those of Santa Claus.

Stephen Lau

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