My Newly Published Book

I have just published my book on ESL learning:

English Slang and Colloquial Expressions for ESL Learners

Learning a language takes time and effort, especially if it is not your first language. Even if it is your mother tongue, you still need time and effort to master it because almost every language has its own slang and colloquial expressions, and the English language is no exception.

Language is forever changing. What is currently acceptable or popular may be replaced by something else in years to come, and the use of slang is a strong testament to that. Slang is just an alternative way of saying something. It is sometimes hard to identify what is slang and what is not. Slang and colloquial expressions are often acceptable in informal writing because they are used in communication in movies, newspapers, radio, television, and other mass media The more you learn, the more you will know when to use or not to use them in your formal writing. No matter what, knowing these common everyday expressions is a plus for all ESL learners.

To get your Amazon digital copy, click here; to get your paperback edition, click here.

Stephen Lau

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Make Your Smart Baby Super Smart

Make Your Smart Baby Super Smart

Get this book for parents and grandparents.

This book is written for parents and grandparents who wish to make their smart babies super smart. This can be achieved through everyday simple games, activities and interactions aimed at increasing brain cells through spatial intelligence, non-verbal communication, emotional development, language skills, kinesthetic enhancement, and music appreciation.

Stephen Lau

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Doctor, You’re Fired!

According to recent NBC News, “Most Americans will get a wrong or late diagnosis in their lifetimes, a new report finds — often with devastating effects.

It’s almost impossible to quantify, but the problem is serious, and the lack of a coherent medical system helps keep it under the radar, the National Academy of Medicine finds in a new report.”

“Everyone will experience one meaningful diagnostic error in their lifetime,” Dr. John Ball, chairman of the Committee on Diagnostic Error in Medicine, which wrote the report, told NBC Newsport. The findings are frightening.

To void any misdiagnosis, you must empower yourself with knowledge of any health issue you may have. Also, have the mindset that your doctor is just a professional — which means he or she could make mistakes, just like any professional in any other field, and nobody is perfect. Furthermore, all of us have a builtin mechanism inside our bodies capable of self-healing, and therefore we should fully utilize it. Of course, the bottom line is that we should always seek second opinion.

A few years ago, a close member of my family was diagnosed with liver cancer. The doctor told her he was 80 percent sure it was cancer, and a biopsy would make him 90 percent sure. A biopsy was performed, and it turned out that it was an infection. Because of the misdiagnosis, I wrote a book: Congratulations! You’ve Got Cancer.

This 132-page book is about what to do when one is diagnosed with cancer. I am neither a doctor nor an oncologist. I am simply showing the power of the mind not only in coping with the traumatic experience of cancer but also in overcoming the disease itself. In addition, I present detailed information on what a cancer patient must do on the cancer journey of cure and recovery. A cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence. Rather, it is an opportunity for growth and development. Harness mind power to combat cancer.

Remember, nothing is set in stone, and the self-healing power is within you. Visit my blog: Doctor, You’re Fired!

Stephen Lau

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Aging and Healing

Self-healing is particularly important as aging continues. The explanation is that as one continues to age, one’s health also deteriorates. This condition is reflected in aches and pains, as well as in many other health issues and problems associated with old age.

To live to a ripe old age is not easy; to maintain a quality of life is even more difficult.

But aging is all in the mind in that it is, more often than not, a mental state of perceptions. If you think you are too old to do something, then your body will react accordingly. If you think you have joint pain related to aging, then your mental perception of the pain seems more acute and intense. If you think you have mental lapse of something, then your mind seems to remember what you don’t remember, instead of trying to remember what you don’t remember.

Total Tranquil uses the state-of-the-art  brainwave neurotechnology to access any state of mind at any time for total relaxation to enrich your life. You can reach a profound state of peace and personal insight previously only attainable by Zen monks who spent years in quiet, solitary meditation. Enjoy the effects of a “mental bath”—a wave of relaxation that melts stress from your body—and stimulating your mind to bring to the surface brilliant ideas buried deep in your subconscious. With this brainwave technology, you have the ability to access your subconscious mind, where you can identify and eliminate self-imposed limitations and blocks to achieve greater success in life.

The Japanese are one of the long-living peoples in the world. Accordingly, scientists have been conducting research on the longevity profile and the healthy living of the centenarians in Okinawa, which has become known as “The Okinawa Centenarian Study.”

According to the study, most of these centenarians are oblivious of their age; that is to say, they do not consciously associate whatever they do with their age.

One of the findings of “The Okinawa Centenarian Study” is health fitness, which is made up of physical fitness, mental fitness, and spiritual fitness—they all play a pivotal part in how you think and accordingly what you do; they are the components of successful aging in the golden years. To become a centenarian, you have to become both mentally and physically fit.

Your Golden Years and Santa ClausThis 252-page book is about the wisdom in living in the golden years. This is a comprehensive book on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of successful aging.

Stephen Lau 

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Wisdom in Living for Self-Healing

There is no blueprint for living, because each and every one of us has his or her own blueprint for living. However, to live well, you need wisdom which not only gives you quality of life but also helps you in self-healing.

Since the beginning of time, man has applied every means to attain longevity basically for two reasons—to defer the inevitable end; and to continue indulging in the pleasurable experiences along the life journey. Some prefer to ignore death and continue to indulge in life pleasures as if it would never come, while others are preoccupied with the impending fate that stresses the body and the mind. No matter what, death is inevitable.

Irrespective of the purpose of everyday living for any individual, the quintessence of living for life is health fitness, without which everyday living may become a daily struggle, a dream turned into a nightmare. Health fitness is a prerequisite for self-healing, without which there is no longevity.

Health fitness embraces physical fitness, mental fitness, and spiritual fitness—they impact how you think and what you do; they are the components of living for life. You need physical fitness to reduce the risks of becoming ill, disabled, or dying prematurely. Mental fitness enables you to adapt appropriately to negative changes brought on by diagnosis and treatment of chronic disease. Spiritual fitness may facilitate you to bounce back from the devastating effects brought on by sudden and unexpected life changes, such as bereavement of spouse or loved ones.

Wisdom in living is living with passion and purpose. Nobody is born with the gift of living for life: there is no blueprint for this, and no role model to follow. It comes from your own thoughts, behaviors, and actions, and these attributes have to be acquired through mental and physical effort and deliberation.

Your Golden Years and Santa Claus shows you the wisdom in happy and successful aging through changing your perspectives in matters of aging, health, money, loss and bereavement issues. It is a holistic approach to living in simplicity with compassion and tranquility in the golden years.

Stephen Lau

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Self-Healing Book

Self-healing begins with the mind, which controls the body, and the mind is supervised by the soul that oversees the mind and the body. Self-healing is wellness living of the body, the mind, and the soul. They not only are inter-connected, but also complement one another; therefore, their alignment holds the key to living a life as if everything is a miracle.

As If Everything Is A Miracle: This 125-page book is about the wisdom in living as if everything is a miracle, just as Albert Einstein once said: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is to live as if nothing is a miracle. The other is to live as if everything is a miracle.”

This 125-page book is about the wisdom to rethink your mind, renew your body, and reconnect your soul to realign your being for total wellness and well-being to live stress-free as if everything is a miracle.

In this day and age, living in different phases of life is challenging. For one thing, in this world of technology and information, many of us are addicted to speed, which seems like a prerequisite for success in career and in many others facets of life. As a result, stress is unduly created, which may lead to toxic actions, reactions, thoughts and emotions. Consciously and subconsciously we have created for ourselves a world in which our bodies, our minds, and souls have become toxic and we live as if nothing is a miracle.

To do just the opposite—living as if everything is a miracle—we have to renew the mind, renew the body, and reconnect the soul, and realign the being so that we know who we really are, instead of who we “think” we are.

Believe in yourself: believe that you can be a better, happier, and healthier you. Believe in self-healing and not the use of medications. The only hurdle is stress in contemporary living, which contaminates the mind, turning it to toxic. Learn how to overcome your stress by letting go your ego-self. No Ego No Stress!

This book is now FREE for download from Aug 13 to Aug 2015. Also, I would appreciate it if you could give me some feedback or comments.

As If Everything Is A Miracle

Thanks.

Stephen Lau

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No Ego No Stress

Stress is not only one of the many underlying causes of human diseases, but also a roadblock to the path of  natural health and self-healing. In this day and age, however, . stress is common and may come in different forms in careers, relationships, finance, and time. To get rid of stress, you need more than just relaxation techniques to help you:  you need the wisdom of Tao. .

Get your FREE download of my most recently published book: NO EGO NO STRESS.

“No Ego No Stress” is made up of 4 parts.

PART ONE An Introduction to Stress: It explains how and where stress comes from; the damage and devastation of stress to human health.

PART TWO Conventional Wisdom: The major life stressors come from careermoneyrelationshipadversity, and time. Conventional wisdom offers many strategies for stress relief, such as exercise, herbs, medications, meditation, and psychotherapies, among many others. Conventional wisdom may reduce stress levels, but it does not eradicate stress completely. Conventional wisdom only complements the ancient Tao wisdom for ultimate stress relief.

PART THREE Tao Wisdom: This part not only explains what Tao wisdom is all about, but also contains the complete translation in simple English of all the 81 short chapters of “Tao Te Ching” which is one of the most translated works in world literature. Going through the whole script, interpreted and translated by the author, will enable you to understand the essentials of Tao wisdom for stress-free contemporary living.

PART FOUR No Ego No Stress: Stress originates from the human mind: how it perceives and processes life experiences. What is stress to one individual may not be stress to another. This part explains in detail how having no ego can eradicate all stress related to career, relationship, money, adversity, and time.

The FREE DOWNLOAD ends on June 19 (Friday). Don’t miss this opportunity to get rid of your ego for stress relief.

Destress to Heal

Stress is one of the underlying causes of many diseases. To initiate self-healing, you must destress yourself first. The bad news is that we are living in a world where there are many stressors in everyday living, such as career, health, and relationships, among others.

The good news is that Tao wisdom may destress you to heal. This ancient Chinese wisdom is based on the philosophy  of Lao Tzu,  the sage who authored the immortal classic “Tao Te Ching” which has been translated into multiple languages due to its  profound and unconventional wisdom. Tao wisdom is not only , unconventional but also intriguing. Understanding Tao wisdom may hold the key to stress relief for modern living.

I have just published my book “NO EGO NO STRESS” a 134-page book on how to use the Tao wisdom to relieve stress. All stress-relief strategies of contemporary wisdom cannot totally eliminate everyday stress; they may only complement the ancient Tao wisdom in coping with stress. Live your life as if everything is a miracle.

NO EGO NO STRESS on Amazon (only $2.99)

PART ONE: An Introduction to Stress

It explains how and where stress comes from; the damage and devastation of stress to human health.

PART TWO: Conventional Wisdom

The major life stressors come from careermoneyrelationshipadversity, and time. Conventional wisdom offers many strategies for stress relief, such as exercise, herbs, medications, meditation, and psychotherapies, among others. Conventional wisdom may reduce stress levels, but it does not eradicate stress completely. Conventional wisdom only complements the ancient Tao wisdom for ultimate stress relief.

PART THREE: Tao Wisdom

This part not only explains what Tao wisdom is all about, but also contains the complete translation in simple English of all the 81 short chapters of “Tao Te Ching.” Going through the whole script, interpreted and translated by the author, will enable you to understand better the essentials of Tao wisdom for stress-free contemporary living.

PART FOUR: No Ego No Stress

Stress originates from the human mind: how it perceives and processes life experiences. What is stress to one individual may not be stress to another. This part explains in detail how having no ego can eradicate stress related to career, relationship, money, adversity, and time.

Learn how to use the ancient Tao wisdom to lead a stress-free life.

NO EGO NO STRESS” points out how the human ego is formed by the subconscious mind through its perceptions and interpretations of life experiences. The author relates to the famous saying by Descartes, the great French philosopher: “I think, therefore I am.” It is a myth or misconception that you are “who” and “what” you think; you are not the products of your thoughts. “Who” and “what” you think you have become is just your ego-self, erroneously created by your thinking mind.

Tao wisdom focuses on the need of “emptying” and “reversing” the human mindset in order to see “who” and “what” you truly are, without any attachment to your ego. According to Lao Tzu, the ego is unreal, because it is based on past memories and projections of those memories into the future as desires and expectations. The past was gone, and the future is yet to come; only the present is real. Therefore, the ego-self that exists in the past or in the future is non-existing in the present, except in the mind. Without the ego, there is no need of protecting or sustaining it. Without fear and expectation, there is no need of judging, picking and choosing—they often result in making wrong choices and decisions, and thus creating stress. With no ego, there is no need of over-doing to fulfill the expectation. The problem with conventional wisdom is that the mind focuses on the past or the future, but seldom stays in the present. Only when the mind stays in the present can it see things as they really are and not as what they should be. Tao wisdom is essentially understanding of the true nature of things: that everything in life follows a natural order and pattern, such as life begets death, success is followed by failure, what goes up must come down. Tao wisdom is self-intuition to know and understand self and others, as well as the world around.

Get your download for only $2.99 from Amazon, or get your paperback.

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Stephen Lau

Happy to Heal

Self-healing begins when you are wise and happy. Mental happiness and body wellness are interrelated. If you are happy, your body will heal faster. It’s just that simple.

But happiness is not easy to come by, especially when your mind is not prepared to receive it. The mind needs wisdom to create happiness thoughts to stimulate the brain cells to produce chemicals that make one happy. Genuine human happiness comes from human thoughts that are the components of human personality. Therefore,  understanding personality development may throw some light on why you are happy or unhappy.

According to the famous psychologist Erik Erikson, your personality has evolved through several decades of changes and experiences, resulting in who and what you have now become. Therefore, profound wisdom is to understand how those changes in your life have occurred and shaped your personality, and how adapting yourself to those changes now may still benefit you in the long run. According to Erik Erikson, there are eight life stages. through which we may have gone through to become who and what we are right now. These eight psychosocial development stages are as follows:

 Trust and Mistrust

In this first stage, from birth to age one, we may  experience and develop trust or mistrust that affects how we feel about the benevolence of the world around us.

Do you always have low trust or mistrust in others?

Independence and Doubt

In the toddler stage, we begin to develop our self-trust,  which leads to independence. With self-trust, we begin to learn how to walk. In this stage, however, we may also develop self-doubt that leads to shame later in life. This may be the underlying cause of failing to take risks in later life, missing some golden opportunities to improve our lives, and thus making us feel unhappy and unfulfilled.

 Are you always self-confident?

Creativity and Guilt

In preschool years, we begin to exercise our minds to acquire initiative and express creativity. The capability to express freely our initiative and creativity helps us develop the playful and positive side of our nature. Under restraint, on the other hand, we may develop guilt, lack of self-confidence, and inability to get close to others.

 Are you always creative and imaginative?

Industry and Inferiority

From age five to eleven, we experience fulfillment in accomplishment or disappointment in failure. This is often a result of acquiring our society’s work ethics. We begin to believe in our abilities and feel motivated to work hard. On the other hand, if we become lazy, we develop poor work habits that may adversely affect our careers later in life.

 Are you always puttering from one job to another, always procrastinating and never meeting deadlines?

Identity and Diffusion

In adolescent, we begin to explore ourselves, finding out who we are and what we want out of life. We may channel our energy into a field we love, and derive pleasure from seeing what we have accomplished. This growth in our sense of self determines whether or not we have an “identity crisis.”

 Are you always in search for a purpose in life?

 Intimacy and Withdrawal

 In early adulthood, we develop intimacy, which is a quality of an individual, and not the couple. The ability to develop and maintain a long-term relationship is an asset. However, many of us may experience difficulty in achieving closeness with others, or even maintaining a long-lasting relationship, resulting in inner loneliness that causes us to doubt even our own remarkable accomplishments in life.

 Is your life worthwhile when it comes to relationships?

 Compassion and Selfishness

In middle age, we become more connected to future generations, as evidenced by being parents, mentors, and supervisors. However, we may also become self-focusing, alienating ourselves from the next generation, and thus creating the “generation gap.”

Do you spend much time focusing on your own needs, instead of those of others?

 Ego and Despair

In old age, by letting go of the ego, we accept both our successes and failures, and thus have a healthy perspective on life. However, we may also look back at our own past experiences and the world in general with disdain and regret, and thus we become despaired and unhappy.

 Do you think you already have a fulfilled life?

If you wish to be a happier individual, read my book: Be A Better and Happier You With Tao Wisdom. This 132-page book explains the essentials of human wisdom, which brings about human goodness, resulting in human happiness. Be happy to heal.

Stephen Lau 

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