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WISDOM
Wisdom is understanding of the self, others, and the nature of things; it is essential to  living as if everything is a miracle.
ESSENTIALS OF TAO WISDOM


Tao wisdom is the profound human wisdom of Lao Tzu, the sage from China almost three thousand years ago. Lao Tzu's only publication was Tao Te Ching, a short classic made up of 81 short chapters of poetry on human wisdom, which has become one of the most translated works in world literature due to its simple but profound, unconventional but controversial, wisdom.

Tao wisdom begins with
simplicity, which means having an empty mind with reverse thinking. Can you do just that? The problem is that many of us have a mind filled with pre-conceived ideas of our own that prevent us from clarity of thinking, without which there is no wisdom. As a result, we have too many assumptions, presumptions, and predictions that may lead us astray with a confused and muddled mind.

Simplicity also implies living a
simple lifestyle, which essentially means letting go of all clutters and attachments to the material world, especially those that define the human ego, such as the car you are driving or the neighborhood you are living in.

The miracle of the wisdom of letting go is that you may begin living in the now. If you are always depressed, most likely you are living in the past; if you are always anxious, you are most probably living in the future. Living in the present means: you do what needs to be done, with no overdoing, and with no expectations. Many of us look back at the past, especially past success, and do more than what is necessary in the present in order to guarantee the expectation of the success in the future. In the process, we generate stress that is the underlying cause of disease and unhappiness.

Another essential of Tao wisdom is spontaneity. Wisdom is the understanding that everything in this world and universe follows a natural cycle, such as what goes up must eventually come down, just like day is always followed by night, and life inevitably begets death. Understanding this natural cycle liberates you from many of the shackles of life. It transforms your perspectives of everything that happens or does not happen to you. Most importantly, it makes you become non-judgmental of yourself, of the people around you, and of all your experiences along your life journey.

Tao wisdom enables you to look deep inside you to see who you really are, and not who wish you were. Once you let go of your ego-self, and be the real you, you will become enlightened and be wise.

TIPS: Tao wisdom is applicable to everyday life. Politicians, such as President Reagan quoting Tao wisdom in his state-of-the-union address, financial experts, golfers, nutritionists, psychologists -- they have all related Tao wisdom to what they believe it. Apply Tao wisdom to your career, finance, health, relationships, and how you are going to live your daily life as if everything is a miracle.

Read my book: The Complete Tao Te Ching in Plain English to find out more about Tao wisdom.


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

and




TIPS
WISDOM
Wisdom is understanding of the self, others, and the nature of things; it is essential to  living as if everything is a miracle.
LAO TZU 'S WISDOM QUOTES

"Simplicity is clarity.
It is a blessing to learn from those
with humble simplicity.

Those with an empty mind
will learn to find the Way.

The Way reveals the secrets of the universe:
the mysteries of the realm of creation;
the manifestations of all things created.
The essence of the Way is to show us
how to live in fullness and return to our origin."
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, chapter 65)


Simplicity is the first step towards detachment, which is the key to unlocking the door to happiness. Live a simple lifestyle, deleting all the trimmings of life and living.

Attachment to all the trimmings of life and living boosts the ego, leading to pride, which is one of the Seven Deadly Sins. Humility, the opposite of pride, holds the key to having a good relationship with the Creator, without which, there is no enlightenment, and hence no wisdom to the secrets of the universe and the mysteries of the realm of creation-the manifestations of all things created.

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"watchful, like a man crossing a winter stream;
alert, like a man aware of danger;
courteous, like a visiting guest;
yielding, like ice about to melt;
simple, like a piece of uncarved wood;
hollow, like a cave;
opaque, like muddy water."
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, chapter 15)

Mindfulness is mental sharpness to know what is happening in the mind that brings about clarity of thinking, which is essential to human wisdom.


There is a close connection between the body and the mind. This body-mind connection in humans affects both the physical and the mental health of an individual, especially how that individual thinks and reacts. It is important to put the mind where the body is. For example, your body is now here-reading this book. But your mind may be somewhere else: your mind may be preoccupied with thoughts of the past, the present, or even the future. In other words, your mind may be rambling and disconnected, although you may not be aware of it. A chaotic mind produces adverse and detrimental biological and chemical changes, such as the production of stress hormones, and the reduction of human growth hormone (HGH), among others, that may accelerate the aging process in both the body and the mind.

Mindfulness begins with the body. Becoming mindful of your body in the present moment is putting your mind where your body is. This produces deep relaxation of both the body and mind-an essential element for clarity of thinking that may be the pathway to attaining true human wisdom.

The bottom line: Be watchful as if you were crossing a winter stream, fully aware of what is happening in the present moment.

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"Living in the present moment,
we find natural contentment.
We do not seek a faster lifestyle,
or a better place to be.
We need the essentials of life,
not its extra trimmings." Lao Tzu

Living in the present is an awakening to the realities of all things. That all things follow a natural cycle or order, which is beyond human control. Living in the present affords us an opportunity to look more objectively at any given situation, allowing our minds to think more clearly, to separate the truths from the half-truths that might have led us astray all along. 

According to Lao Tzu, only the present is real: the past was gone, and the future is uncertain and unpredictable. When the mind stays in the present, it does not see the ego-self because it does not exist in the present, and only in the deceptive mind.

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“The Way is easy to find and follow:
empty the mind of conditioned thinking
of seeing things and doing things." Lao Tzu

The Way is the way to profound human wisdom. It is simple and easy to find. But why is it that so few people find it?


It is already innate in each one of us, but we need to look inside ourselves with an empty mind. But, instead, many of us just look outside, and we think with a close mind.

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"The Way to the Creator has no blueprint.
With faith and humility, we seek neither pride nor blame.
Our actions then become righteous and impeccable.
Our lives are illumined with the Creator’s light." Lao Tzu


To become enlightened, we must trust and obey, which is the only way to the Creator. If you want everything your way, there is no way! In other words, let go of your pride, and live with humility.

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"The softest thing in the world
overcomes what seems to be the hardest.

That which has no form
penetrates what seems to be impenetrable." Lao Tzu

An empty mindset is the opposite of a pre-conditioned mindset. Many of us may presume that what is hard is always strong and tough, but water, which is soft and formless, can be very strong and overwhelming.

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“Letting go control,
we no longer strive and struggle.
Without strife and struggle,
there is no resistance.
Without resistance,
there is no suffering." Lao Tzu

Letting go is one of the essentials of Tao wisdom. Learn to let go of your material attachments in the physical world, your emotional attachments in the form of anger, remorse, and revenge, and your future attachments in dreams and expectations.


Stephen Lau

Copyright© 2018 by Stephen Lau