Wisdom in living comprises seeking God's wisdom through understanding human wisdom to live a meaningful and purpose life, even in the golden years. The ancient wisdom of Tao holds the key to applying the principles of life and living in this modern world. Do your best and make the most of what you have.
Wisdom in Living

Stephen Lau
THE BOOK OF LIFE AND LIVING

The Table of Contents

Chapter One: Life Is About Questions

THE IMPORTANCE OF ASKING QUESTIONS

·  A Simple But Difficult Question

THE HAPPINESS QUESTION

·  The Happiness Myths

     o  The Myth: What Brings Happiness
     o  The Myth: Effort Is Needed to Bring Happiness

·  Why Some Are Happy, While Others Unhappy

     o  The Unhappy People
     o  The Happy People

·  The Happiness Ingredients

     o  Wisdom and Enlightenment
     o  Patience and Diligence
     o  Change and Adaptability

MANY OTHER QUESTIONS TO ASK

Chapter Two: Life Is About Mind Over Matter

THE ROLE OF THE MIND

·  Experiences and the Mind
·  Experiences and the Five Senses

HOW THE MIND WORKS

·The Conscious and the Subconscious Mind

     o  Dialogue with the Subconscious mind

THE POWER OF THE MIND

·  Your Thoughts Become Who You Are
·  Your Thought Put You Where You Are

HOW TO EMPOWER THE MIND

·  The Right Thinking
·  The Happiness Intention
·  The Mental Attention

     o  The Benefits of Body Awareness from Mental Attention

·  The Subliminal Messages

     o  Optimizing Subliminal Messages

·  The Inquiring Mindset

Chapter Three: The Darkness of Life

THE DARK SIDE OF LIFE

THE DOMINO EFFECTS OF HUMAN DARKNESS

·  The Darkness of Self-Doubt
·  The Darkness of Hypocrisy

THE WAY OUT OF THE DARKNESS

Chapter Four: Processing Experiences and Expectations

THE BASICS IN LIFE


·  Feeling good about oneself
·  Forming good life habits
·  Being who you are

PROCESSING EXPERIENCES

·  The Development Phase
·  The Consolidation Phase
·  The Let-Go Phase

PROCESSING EXPECTATIONS

·  Expectations and Disappointments
·  Controlling and Letting Go

Chapter Five: Conventional Wisdom in Living

WHAT CONVENTIONAL WISDOM SAYS ABOUT LIVING

·  Life Purpose
·  Life Goals
·  Life Priorities
·  Life Passion
·  Thinking Success
·  Self-Empowerment
·  Right Actions
·  Common Sense
·  Self-Sufficiency
·  Creativity
·  Exploiting Resources

CHALLENGING CONVENTIONAL WISDOM

·  Happiness and Success

Chapter Six: Ancient Wisdom in Living

YOUR MIND AS YOUR ENEMY

·  Mind Training to Focus on the Present Moment

THE WISDOM OF TAO

·  Tao Te Ching
·  Tao is The Way

     o  You Are Not Your Mind and Your Mind Is Not You
     o  Non-Application and Application of Tao in Real Life
     o  Non-Judgment Is Pain-Free
     o  No Expectation, No Fear
     o  Letting Go

     v The dark side of attachment
     v The bright side of non-attachment

     o  Doing and Non-Doing (Wei and Wu-Wei)
     o  Intense Presence of the Mind
     o  A Summary of Tao Wisdom

Chapter Seven: Spiritual Wisdom in Living

SPIRITUAL WISDOM TO ENHANCE HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS

·  Not Knowing the Self
·  Not Trusting in Spiritual Wisdom

SPIRITUAL WISDOM TO HANDLE MONEY MATTERS

·  Biblical Principle of Gratitude
·  Biblical Principle of Sharing with Others
·  Biblical Principle of God Owns It All

SPIRITUAL WISDOM TO LOVE YOUR NEIGHBORS

·  Difficulties to Love Your Neighbors

     O  Human Beings Are Imperfect.
     O  Pride Makes You Think You Are Better Than Your Neighbors.
     O  Western Cultures Encourage Freedom and the Right of Expression.
     O Face-Saving Demands Justifications.

·  Loving-Kindness

     o  Mindset for Gratitude
     o  Mindset for Positive Thinking
     o  Mindset for Seeing the Good in Others
     o  Mindset for Reflective Response
     o  Mindset for Forgiving and Forgetting
     o  Mindset for Sparing Unwanted Advice
     o  Mindset for Living in the Present

SPIRITUAL WISDOM TO FACILITATE EMOTIONAL HEALING

SPIRITUAL WISDOM TO COPE WITH SORROW AND SUFFERING

·  The Sorrow and Suffering Stages

     o  Stage of Numbness
     o  Stage of Real Pain
     o  Stage of Recovery

SPIRITUAL WISDOM TO PROMOTE HEALTH

·  Health Attitudes

     o  Attitude of Despair
     o  Attitude of Confusion
     o  Attitude of Complacency

SPIRITUAL WISDOM TO FACE DEATH

·  The Implications of Death

     o  Death Attitudes
     o  Death Anxiety

·  Coping with Death

     o  Positive Meanings of Life and Death
     o  Decreasing Focus on the Self
     o  Preparation for Death

SPIRITUAL WISDOM TO COMMUNICATE WITH GOD

·  Ways of Communication with God

     o  Praying to God
     o  Reading His Word
     o  Meditating

Chapter Eight: My Recipe for Life and Living

KNOWING THE SAD TRUTH OF CONVENTIONAL WISDOM

KNOWING THE FUNDAMENTALS OF ANCIENT WISDOM

KNOWING THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ANCIENT AND CONVENTIONAL WISDOM

THE MAIN INGREDIENTS OF MY RECIPE FOR LIVING

·  Complaint” Ingredient
·  Stress” Ingredient
·  Past” Ingredient
·  Present” Ingredient
·  Future” Ingredient
·  Misfortune” Ingredient
·  Right Conduct” Ingredient
·  Failure” Ingredient
·  Life Purpose” Ingredient
·  Death” Ingredient

MY RECIPE INSTRUCTIONS

·  Breathing
·  Meditation

FINAL WORDS OF WISDOM

BIBLIOGRAPHY

APPENDIX A: Words of Wisdom

APPENDIX B: About the Author

APPENDIX C: Helpful Resources