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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Compulsive Mind

Stress is one of the underlying causes of many autoimmune diseases, including myasthenia gravis. Stress comes from the ego-self: no ego,no stress. In the previous post, I demonstrated that multitasking is an example of modern living in a stressful environment. Learn how to overcome your compulsive mind.

The following is taken from: Health and Wisdom Tips:

 “We all have obsessive thoughts every now and then. This is normal. It is just the extent of the obsession that may make them abnormal, causing the mind to become compulsive. A compulsive mind is incapable of dealing with obsessive thoughts that make it problematic. Controlling obsessive thoughts, especially unwanted and unwarranted, is important for holistic health and healing of the mind. The reason is that thoughts may give "reality" which may lead to actions or inactions; accordingly, obsessive thoughts may distort thoughts and impair the thinking mind.  

The human mind is very complex. An average person may have some 4,000 thoughts a day, and these random thoughts are spontaneous with no connection to the current task that an individual is doing. Unwanted thoughts come and go, drifting through the human mind.

So, what are obsessions? Obsessions are recurrent thoughts of doubts-such as "what if...?" or "did I or did I not...?"; or impulses to do or see something-such as craving to eat something one is not supposed to eat or watching pornography. We all experience these thoughts or impulses, but most of us can overcome them by simply dismissing them. However, in a compulsive mind, these thoughts may turn into obsessions when they become overtly repulsive, unwanted, uncontrollable, and recurrent.

Obsessive thoughts are unhealthy, because they may lead to compulsion, which is the inability to stop the obsessive thoughts, that is, one is compelled to act or do something against one's will or better judgment, however repugnant and objectionable it may be.

Some of the characteristics of obsessive thoughts are as follows:

(1) Faulty interpretation of the implication of the thought that occurs

(2) Inflated accountability for an action or a result pertaining to the thought

(3) Exaggerated threat from the thought

(4) Intolerance of any uncertainty implicated in the thought

(5) Obsessive thoughts create undue anxiety and aggravate distorted thinking.

So, what do you do if you have a compulsive mind with obsessive thoughts?

Do not attempt to consciously control them. The reason is that the more you strive to control a thought, the more difficulty you will have with it.

Research has shown that it is almost impossible to suppress unwanted thoughts under the following circumstances:

(1) When you are trying to suppress unwanted thoughts

(2) When you are under stress, especially time stress

(3) When you are depressed

(4) When you have to concentrate on a number of tasks in addition to suppressing the unwanted thoughts

In other words, a compulsive mind with obsessive thoughts has much to do with stress coming from different sources that generate distorted and unwanted thoughts; the more one strives to dispel them, the more recurrent they come, and thus forming a vicious cycle.

TIPS: Keep yourself free from the consequences of failed mental control. The more you try to suppress unwanted thoughts, the more meaningful they become for you, and the more difficult it is for you to get rid of them. To get rid of unwanted thoughts, learn how to meditate. In meditation, thoughts drift in and out, but you learn to focus on your breathing or an object, such as a flickering candle flame, in order to dispel intrusive and unwanted thoughts. In addition, guided meditation relaxes both the body and the mind. Hypnosis is another way to control your mind.“

Stephen Lau
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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Multitasking and Your Immune System

Autoimmune diseases are becoming more common in this day and age. There are many reasons for that: people are taking more pharmaceutical drugs recommended by their doctors and promoted by the industry; people's health has declined in spite of the advancement of modern medicine; people are become more stressed.

Stress is the underlying cause of many autoimmune diseases. Stress is often self-induced; one wants to do more to accomplish more; this mindset has led to multitasking.

According to a recent CNN report on multitasking: 

(CNNOur brains on multitasking aren't nearly as good as we think they are. Let's say you're working on an activity over here, on the right side of the brain, and suddenly you're trying to multitask another activity, like talking on the phone.
You're not actually doing both activities at the same time, in fact, you're now diverting your attention from one part of your brain to another part of your brain. That takes time, that takes resources, that takes brain cells.
What happens on the other side of the brain is that you're starting a brand new activity, so in fact you're probably slower and not nearly as good at doing both activities at the same time."

The bottom line: multitasking does not increase your mind power. Quite the contrary, multitasking can damage your brain cells. How? When you are multitasking, you are directly or indirectly creating undue stress for yourself, and stress causes hormonal dysfunction that impairs neurotransmitters in your brain. To enhance your mind power, do just the opposite -- focusing your mind on the present, instead of projecting it into the future (which is what multitasking is all about).  Presence of mind gives clarity and relaxation to enhance your mind power.

Multitasking is certainly not the art of living well. Read my book THE BOOK OF LIFE AND LIVING..

This 200-page book is full of wisdom based on the author’s extensive research and personal experience. In this book, you will learn the following:

(1) Eliminating unproductive thoughts, and overcoming chaotic struggles in your inner world and outer life to enhance health and performance, master stress, and deepen appreciation of life.

(2) Understanding the essentials of contemporary wisdom and ancient wisdom to help you contemplate and internalize their respective meanings and values in your daily life

(3) Harnessing mind power to operate your mind to integrate the acquired knowledge into your daily activities

The antidote to multitasking is letting go. It's not easy because we all have a preconditioned mindset that "doing more for more." Ironically, it could be the other way around: "getting more for less." Get the wisdom of letting go.

Visit my new website: Health and Wisdom Tips.

Stephen Lau
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Miracle of Letting Go

To be diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, such as myasthenia gravis is devastating, often leading to many emotional traumas, such as “why me?” To cope with the symptoms and to have positive prognosis of the disease, it is important to let go—letting go of all negative perspectives.

“Letting go is the art of living well. There is much human wisdom in letting go. Only true human wisdom brings about true human happiness.  With human wisdom, you may see why you are unhappy. Unhappiness comes from attachments to too many things in the physical world, such as emotions and memories from careers, relationships, success and failure, pleasant and unpleasant life experiences. They have become the raw materials with which you have created your own identity or ego-self. Over the years, they have become attachments that you are reluctant to let go of.

But you must let go of yesterday so that you may live today as if everything is a miracle; you must let go of the material world so that you may have the universe; and, most importantly, you must let go of all attachments so that you may have empty space to be filled with spiritual blessings and wisdom.

But why are we unwilling to let go of our attachments? All attachments come from the ego-self. We want to define who we are, and we want to separate ourselves from others. Driving a car more expensive than that of our next door neighbor makes us feel good.

Tao wisdom may help uslet go of all attachments. Tao wisdom focuses on clarity of thinking, which is essentially having an empty mind with reverse thinking. With that mindset, we may see that all things in this world are impermanent. Therefore, any attachment is no more than a distraction from the fear and the reluctance of losing what we have; the more attachments we have, the less our mind will be aware of the impermanence of all things. In other words, attachment is a self-delusion of the reality of all things.

“Letting go is emptying the mundane,
to be filled with heavenly grace.

Blessed is he who has an empty mind.
He will be filled with knowledg
He will be filled with knowledge and wisdom from the Creator.
Blessed is he who has no attachment to worldly things.
He will be compensated with heavenly riches.
Blessed is he who has no ego-self.
He will be rewarded with humility to connect with the Creator.
Blessed is he who has no judgment of self and others.
He will find contentment and empathy in everyone.

Letting go of everything is the Way to the Creator.”
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, chapter 9)

TIPS: Happiness comes from the mental awareness that the pursuit of worldly things is futile because nothing lasts. True and lasting happiness is made up of feelings of joy, love, hope, compassion, and gratitude experienced by the mind at the present moment.

The above is from Health and Wisdom Tips.

The bottom line: empower your mind with information to heal your autoimmune disease; you might even say: “Doctor, you’re fired!” just as I did some two decades ago when I self-healed my myasthenia gravis, and now I am completely drug-free.

Stephen Lau

Friday, November 11, 2016

Can Tao Wisdom Heal?

To be diagnosed with an autoimmune disease is a devastating experience. You begin to ask many questions, such as "why me?" Worse, your stress level elevates when the doctor tells you that there are no known cures. Worst, during the prognosis of your disease, your feel frustrated when the medications cannot eradicate some of the symptoms.

But for any disease to heal, a positive mindset is critical. Clarity of thinking helps you see all the treatment options available, and take the appropriate actions.

Tao wisdom is based on "Tao Te Ching," which is an ancient classic from China. The book was written thousands of years ago by Lao Tzu, a sage with all white hair (a sign of wisdom). According to the legend, the great philosopher was forced to put down his profound wisdom in writing before he was permitted to leave China for Tibet. Reluctantly, Lao Tzu concisely and succinctly expressed his unique wisdom in eighty-one short chapters with only five thousand words all told. As a testament to the significance and timelessness of his eternal wisdom, "Tao Te Ching" has been translated into many languages; as a matter of fact, this ancient classic has become one of the most translated works of world literature.

Here is a summary of Tao wisdom in living.

"Tao" means "the way" to wisdom-or "the way" to achieving just about anything in life. As opposed to conventional wisdom, the wisdom of Tao is exclusive and subjective. In other words, "the way" is unique to each individual -- something like "one man's meat is another man's poison." That is to say, each individual has to discover or look within the self to find out what "the way" may look like, unlike conventional wisdom that provides a blueprint for many, if not for everybody. For this reason, wisdom cannot be acquired through knowledge, which is merely an accumulation of know-how from experts, let alone be taught or guided. Wisdom has to be self-intuited, assimilated, and internalized by an individual based on that individual's unique life experience.

The key to intuiting and attaining the wisdom presented by Lao Tzu is abandoning or letting go the ego-self.

Unlike conventional wisdom, which puts much emphasis on "self," such as "self-esteem" and "self-confidence," Tao suggests quite the opposite: the "non-attachment to self" because the "self" goes hand in hand with the "ego" -- together, they create the "identity" of an individual. Once the "identify" is created, there comes the need to "preserve" or "protect" that "identity" due to the presence of the "ego." Thus, a host of other problems will subsequently follow.

Therefore, the first and the most important requirement is to have "no ego-self" -- which is, however, most difficult to accomplish, because we are taught to be proud of who and what we are.

With "no ego-self," you then have "no expectation" in life. To illustrate, if you have created an ego-self, such as "I am a doctor" or "I am a mother," then subconsciously you have to, or you are "expected" to, live up to that image or the ego-self that you have unconsciously created in your mind's eye.

With "no ego-self," you will not be too concerned with material things that often qualify or attach to the "identify" you have created for yourself. In other words, you will become "non judgmental"-which is essentially not having to choose what you want and to reject what you do not want, or rather desiring what you think will enhance the ego-self, and avoiding what you think may damage your identity or image of the ego-self.

If you have "no expectation," you need not exert extra effort to meet your expectations. With less effort, you have more time to yourself, and so you can live in the present moment, which is the essence of Tao wisdom in living. In contemporary wisdom, we are expected to do more in order to get more of what we want; in the wisdom of Lao Tzu, you do "less" for more -- it is all about the spontaneity of things; you make nature work things for you, which is "non-doing," instead of working against the forces of nature,

To conclude, Tao wisdom in living is to have no ego-self so that you can live in the present. With no ego-self, there is no expectation; with no expectation, you become non-judgmental, which is accepting and embracing the desirable as well as the undesirable in life; with non-judgmental, you appreciate non-doing; with non-doing, you can live in the present and in harmony with nature. So, Tao recommends no ego-self to live a no-stress life with no worry, no expectation, no judgment, and non-doing. This is the summary of Tao wisdom in living.

Stephen Lau
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Cellular Health and the Human Immune System

“In recent years science has learned that the human immune system is much more complicated than we thought.” (Dr. Philip F. Incao, M.D.)

The human immune system is complicated in that it affects the whole body system in many different ways. As such, it can heal you but it can also harm you. It protects your cells and maintains your overall health through its production of antibodies (specific proteins) to fight against antigens (invaders to your body system). However, an impaired immune system can adversely affect your health because it is the common denominator of more than 100 autoimmune diseases.

Cellular Health

Cells make up your organs. When cells die, your organs fail and health deteriorates, and you age and die.

To maintain and sustain life, some of your cells replicate themselves continually, such as epithelial cells in your intestine, while others do not divide, such as your heart cells and neurons in your brain.

The good news is that, on average, most normal human cells have more than 100 years of lifespan built into them.

The bad news is that all human cells require energy and oxygen to function normally, and in this oxidative process free radicals are created. For example, when you breathe in life-giving oxygen, you also breathe out harmful carbon dioxide. This oxidative process is how your Creator has ingeniously built normal cell death into your body system to ensure your immortality. Slowly and accumulatively, these free radicals build up in your cells, leading to premature cell death. You cannot prolong life indefinitely, but you can extend lifespan by slowing down the oxidative process of free radicals. In other words, eradication of free radicals holds the key to health and longevity.

Premature cell death is due to both human and environmental factors, such as bacteria and viruses, free radicals, toxins, and trauma, which can cause irreparable damage to your cells, and thus instrumental in accelerating the demise of these cells. However, many of these factors are not only avoidable but also preventable.

Essentially, genes play an important role in determining the quality of your genes. In other words, your genetic time clock governs how long your cells will live, and this is partially determined at birth. However, your objective is to outpace your genetic time clock. Remember, nothing is set in stone; you always have a choice—the choice is all yours.

Maintain your cellular health.

Stephen Lau
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