Health is wellness of the body, the mind, and the soul; their alignment with one another is the art of living well.


Wisdom is understanding of the self, others, and the nature of things; it is essential to  living as if everything is a miracle.
Nothing Is Lost

Misfortune is part and parcel of life. Life will not be wholesome without misfortunes and tragedies, which enable one to appreciate more what life has to offer. Always count your blessings, and not your crosses.

There was a Chinese story . . . A man lost his only horse, which ran away one day. His friends comforted him. But he was not upset; instead, he said: “That’s not a misfortune.” A few days later, his horse came back with a stallion. This time, his friends congratulated him on his good fortune. But he said: “What’s so good about that?” Later on, his son rode on the stallion and accidentally broke his leg when he fell from the horse. Once again, his friends comforted him. But he said: “Breaking his leg may not be a misfortune.” Indeed, soon after that, a war broke out, and all the young men were drafted into the army, except the man’s son with a broken leg. All of them were later annihilated in a fierce battle. The moral of the story: A misfortune may turn itself into a good fortune, and nothing is lost.

There is a Chinese saying: “A man’s destiny cannot be summarized and sealed until nails are put on his coffin’s top.”

The bottom line: don’t assume or presume the future, and nothing is set in stone.

The projected future is unreal because it does not exist. It is no more than an assumption. It is real only when it happens. The wisdom is to learn how to cope with the present moment, and not with the future -- not before, and not after.

Waiting is a state of mind: you want the future, but not the present; you don’t want what you’ve already got, but you want what you still haven’t got. Acknowledge your present reality-where you are, who you are, what you are doing with your life; be grateful for what you have got, as well as be grateful for what is.

Don’t predict your good fortune or misfortune. 
Give up waiting as a state of mind. Snap out of it, and come into the present moment. Part of the ordinary unconsciousness is to deny the present moment and to look at the past or the future. Remember, thinking only prolongs the perpetual discontent; the more you live in the present moment, the more you realize that you have been trapped in the past or the future by false and unhappy self-identifications with the past and the future.

When you stop the waiting game, you stop your anxiety, and you keep the worrying about the future at bay.

TIPS: Always count on God, and not your own assumption or predictions. Count your blessings, and not your crosses.

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Stephen Lau

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          The Wisdom of Letting Go

Let go of the past -- your anger, grudges, disappointments. Let go of your attachment to the material world -- your fame, fortune, status. Let go of the future -- your assumptions, predictions, expectations. Live in the present, which is the ultimate reality. Let go to let God, who is in control of everything. Let go to receive more. 
         My Way! No Way! TAO Is The Way!
This is one-of-a-kind approach to depression, a universal mind disorder in a world of depression.

Unlike the conventional ways of avoiding depression, suppressing the symptoms, and uplifting the depressive moods using medications, this new approach uses the ancient TAO wisdom from China to let you fully experience anything and everything in depression.

TAO is the way through depression, instead of avoiding it. You may become enlightened and free yourself of depression forever; if not, at least you may look at your depression differently.

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This book explains the paradoxes of life: what "anything is everything" may be true to some people, but not to every one; "everything is nothing"  is the reality of life, which is the impermanence of everything; "nothing is everything" is the profound wisdom to understand that the nothingness of everything may ultimately become everything if there is enlightenment in living as if everything is a miracle.

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“Nothing is everything” is a paradox. In life, there are many paradoxes. The way of paradoxes is the way of attaining the ultimate truths of anything and everything. Knowing and understanding a paradox requires wisdom to see different human perspectives in anything and everything.

Paradoxes may be the way to wisdom, to the miracle of life, and ultimately to enlightenment.

An illustration

Christopher Paul Gardner, an American author, entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist, was very poor and homeless in the early 1980s. Sleeping on the floor of a public toilet, Gardner never dreamt that he would become a multi-millionaire one day. His inspiring life story was made into a hit Hollywood movie: “The Pursuit of Happyness.”

Gardner was brought up with the belief that he could do or be anything that he wanted to do or be. At some point in his life, he was homeless; everything seemed nothing, just emptiness and nothingness, to him. But he was not hopeless. He continued to dream of wealth and success, and his dreams were not mirages. Because of his right doing and right thinking, he made his dreams come true.

Initially, Gardner made his living by selling medical equipment. He did not make enough money to make both ends meet, and his poverty made him homeless for a year.

Then, one day, Gardner met a stockbroker in a red Ferrari, who offered him internship because of his incredible drive and sustained enthusiasm. Thus he began his successful investment career, and he subsequently opened his own investment firm, Gardner Rich & Co.

More than two decades later, after the death of his wife, who challenged him to find his true happiness and fulfilment in the remainder of his life, Gardner made a complete career change. He was suddenly awakened to the notion that his fame, success, and wealth seemed like nothing to him then. His feeling of nothingness transformed him completely: he then became a philanthropist and a motivation speaker traveling around the world, focusing not on his own wealth, but on humanity and the needs of others to pursue their happiness.

According to Gardner, life journey is always a process of lesson learning and forward moving: “People often ask me would I trade anything from my past, and I quickly tell them no, because my past helped to make me into the person I am today.”  Yes, nothingness could be everything to him. Indeed, it was nothingness that had transformed him into everything that he had always dreamt of.

Stephen Lau       

Copyright© by Stephen Lau

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