NO EGO NO STRESS
by Stephen Lau
The human ego is the underlying source of all stressors in contemporary living -- a stumbling block to wisdom in living..
Learn and understand the ancient human wisdom from China to eliminate all stress in everyday living.
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Wisdom in Living
Wisdom in living comprises seeking God's wisdom through understanding human wisdom in order to live a meaningful and purposeful life, even in the golden years. The ancient TAO wisdom from China holds the key to applying these principles of life and living in this modern world. Do your best and make the most of what you already have.
EXPERIENCING OF LIFE RECIPES
THE BOOK OF LIFE AND LIVING
One of the objectives of this book is to free yourself from the self-imprisonment of self-delusions created by your self-consciousness, as pointed out by Albert Einstein. This book not only explains in simple terms and plain language how you may have unconsciously created your self-limiting thoughts that prevent you from truly understanding who you are and what you really want from life, but also shows you how to create a substantially new manner of thinking through the integration of both the conventional wisdom of the West and the ancient wisdom from China.
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 your health and performance, to overcome your stress, and to deepen your appreciation of life.
(2) Understanding the essentials of contemporary wisdom and ancient wisdom to helpctive meanings and values in your current daily life. you contemplate and internalize their respe
(3) Harnessing your mind power to operate your mind to integrate the acquired knowledge into your daily activities.
ART OF LIVING
To embark on your journey of life, a roadmap of human wisdom, based on the ancient wisdom, the conventional wisdom, and the Biblical wisdom, may be required. But it is your own life journey, so the roadmap must be uniquely yours.
Many are unhappy not because of what they have experienced throughout their life journeys, but because they don't have the human wisdom to perceive and process what they've experienced.
Happiness is a state of mind, due to the the perceptions of the human mind. Change your perceptions to change your so-called realities. Empower your mind with human wisdom -- ancient wisdom from the East and the West, conventional wisdom, and spiritual wisdom -- to think differently to have totally different perspectives of what may have made you happy or unhappy.
Looking at many examples of real people from all over the world may enlighten you, and help you live as if everything is a miracle.
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ANYTHING IS EVERYTHING
EVERYTHING IS NOTHING
NOTHING IS EVERYTHING
“Anything” may be “everything” to you, but not to others, and vice-versa. That may explain the some of the difficulties in human relationships. Life is difficult because it is all about you, and not about others. Let go of “anything is everything” to you if you focus more on others as well.
“Everything is nothing” is a universal truth: nothing lasts, no matter how we wish they were permanent. Many of us are reluctant to accept this universal truth of the impermanence of all things in this world.
“Nothing is everything” is enlightenment of the human mind, which is profound understanding of the ultimate truths of self, of others, and of the world around.
This 100-page book explains with many real-life examples to illustrate the perceptions of “anything is everything”, “everything is nothing”, and “nothing is everything”-based on the ancient Chinese wisdom and the Biblical wisdom.
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Here is an outline of the book:
ONE: ANYTHING IS EVERYTHING
The Meanings and the Interpretations
A Frog in a Well
Human Wisdom and Spiritual Wisdom
Oneness with All Life
Love and Forgiveness
Gratitude and Generosity
Sympathy and Empathy
Compassion and Loving Kindness
TWO: EVERYTHING IS NOTHING
Understanding Is Everything
The Mind and the Ego
Attachments and Illusions
Control and Power
Detachment and Letting Go
Impermanence and Emptiness
THREE: NOTHING IS EVERYTHING
APPENDIX A: TAO TE CHING
APPENDIX B: MINDFULNESS
APPENDIX C: MEDITATION
APPENDIX D: WORDS OF WISDOM
APPENDIX E: ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ART OF TAO LIVING
TAO wisdom is the art of living well. This ancient wisdom from China more than three thousand six hundred years ago shows you how to live a life of yin and yang, which is balance and harmony even in this contemporary world of chaos and imbalance.
THE TRUE SELF AND THE EGO SELF
We all have dualistic existence with our true self, and our ego-self. The true self is often pure and simple, but the ego-self is always tainted and complicated, leading to sin and evil. There is a constant conflict between the two-one forever trying to dominate and overcome the other.
Humility, without the ego, is the only Way to go. But the Way is never easy, because we are all imperfect.
Imperfection, however, is a gift of life: knowing that nobody is perfect may enable you to understand that you should always accept others as they are, because you, too, like everybody else, are imperfect.
Likewise, the life journey is a bed of roses but always with some thorns. So, just embrace all your daily life problems and challenges, and learn some valuable life lessons from them.
The TAO of daily living: everything is impermanent; at the end, all pains and pleasures ultimately become nothing.
So, learn to let go of everything in your life; do not let yourself be shackled by your attachments to the material world.
“With the fall of man, good cannot exist without evil.
Man is born with virtues, but grows up with vices.
Likewise, life and death complement each other.
Heaven is eternal life; hell is everlasting death.
Human existence is therefore dualistic:
it can make heaven out of hell, or hell out of heaven.
Faith and lack of faith go along with each other.
The first will be the last, and the last will be the first.”
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, chapter 2)
ART OF SPIRITUAL LIVING
Wisdom is essential to the art of living well. Spiritual wisdom may enable the human eye to see beyond the light at the end of the tunnel.
ART OF MIRACLE LIVING
To believe in the miracle of living, you must have the wisdom to see things as they really are, and not as they are supposed to be, or what you wish they were. Understanding the paradoxes of life is the pathway to enlightenment of the human mind.
BEGINNING OF SPIRITUALITY
Man is born with a spirit: a conscience to know what is right and wrong, as well as a desire to connect with his Creator (or God’s desire to be connected with man). In the course of life, man may disregard the human conscience when he does evil or suppress the innate desire to know his Creator when he purposely turns away from Him.
If an individual does everything according to his or her conscience, that individual may still be considered “spiritual” even without displaying a desire to know the Creator. With that said, given that all human efforts are imperfect, it is almost impossible for anyone, without expressing the desire to connect with God, to remain spiritual for long without that spiritual connection. In other words, the spirituality based on the human conscience alone is not enduring and sustaining.
Spirituality, on a deeper level, means a desire to have a personal relationship with God.
At some point in our lives, we all may sense our incompleteness, our loneliness, our profound limitations, our disillusion with human vanity, and we may then begin to long for something or someone that can truly fill and satisfy us. Unfortunately, many turn to the world to gratify their wants and needs, such as successful careers, material comforts, and satisfying relationships, among others. Sadly, in their wayward pursuits, they often deviate from their conscience, and thus further distance themselves from spirituality.
Spirituality is awareness of true self with the desire to become wholesome, connecting the body and the spirit through the mind. Spirituality is a longing to be close to God. The desire is more than a set of concepts or practices, such as praying, attending church services on Sundays, and alms-giving; it involves conscious choices in life that precipitate appropriate actions. To maintain and sustain that God-and-man relationship is an on-going endeavor, requiring much spiritual discipline.
Like a relationship between two lovers, we have to make the relationship with God grow. To do that, time is of essence. That is, we need quality time in prayer, meditation, and reading His Word.
To increase the fervor of love, lovers do not do things to hurt each other. Likewise, we do not do things that are displeasing to God. Consciously or unconsciously, we do our best to please God in order to cherish and nourish that relationship with Him.
always have shared interests. To further maintain the relationship with God, we would also express our love and compassion for the poor, the sick, and the forgotten.
“Blessed are those who have regard for the weak;
the Lord delivers them in times of trouble.” (Psalm 41: 1)
God cares for those who are poor and sick; therefore, those who are concerned about them will be also blessed too.
Finally, to deepen the love relationship, lovers may vow to spend their lives together in matrimony. Eternal life together with God is a guarantee of His everlasting grace; commitment to spending eternity with God seals the everlasting relationship.
Consciously or subconsciously, we are all searching God. Rather, God is also searching us, because He is our Shepherd and we are His sheep.
Copyright©2018 by Stephen Lau