1. Smile Away the Stress
Remember always to smile sincerely with your eyes and to fill your heart with love. This acts as a preventive medicine. When you are sad, angry, crying, depressed or nervous, your organs secrete poisons; but when you are happy and smile, they produce a honey-like, health giving secretion instead.
It is common knowledge that life today is very hectic. Ending the work-day with a headache has become a way of life for many. With pressures building seemingly all around you and within you, "something has to be done." Oddly, the thing to do is not to do anything. When a trying situation arises, no matter what it might be, you have to learn not to be drawn in by it. The way to be able to do that is to smile. In that simple act the world is made over, and what would otherwise have been troublesome never seems to arise.
At first, it may prove to be very difficult to comprehend the results of the Inner Smile, let alone to make it into a new experience; but, with sufficient practice, you can make it an integral part of your life.
Wherever you are-standing, walking, or sitting-remember to smile, and relax, to fill your heart with love and to let the loving feeling spread throughout your whole body. It is so very simple and yet so very effective. Just cultivate a peaceful, loving heart; smile easily and your troubles will melt away.
2. Speak With Thought
Speak less; choose carefully what you say and when and how you say it. Speaking appropriately can be a blessing to all, and speaking less conserves Chi.
3. Worry Less; Take Action More
Think less about the future and the past, because those are the things that worry builds on, and worry produces stress.
Try instead to concentrate whenever you can-remember that concentration happens and is not something that you make happen-and cultivate attitudes of helping and of forgiveness in your daily life.
4. Cultivate Mental Power
Taoist methods involve the cultivation of generative and mental power. The word for mind also means heart in many oriental languages, just as in Chinese. When you develop to the stage of no longer being concerned with personal ambition, when you are able to forget yourself and cultivate your heart, you have at hand the means of being free from illness.
When you are ill and meditate, do not think that you are doing it to escape from your illness. Instead, simply concentrate on a prescribed point or method and everything else will drop away.
from: "Taoist Ways to Transform Stress Into Vitality", Mantak Chia, page 109
Love 'n light, Teo Do (Re, Mi, Fa, Soul....)