In the ages-old traditions that I teach, coach and try to humbly follow, it is said that craving, desire and fear of change, especially healthful change, are the root of most suffering. When we learn to better abbreviate clinging to our fear, desire and suffering, we can catch more glimpses of what it is like to take genuine ownership of deeply healthful views, outlooks which in their practical application quite succinctly make the world a better place.

It is so much about learning to witness what it is like to be without our “walls of lies” — to not be lost in the stagnicity of overt concern about the past or future. In learning to witness and take part in the living loving story of our lives (versus just being a pawn to the story of our lives), we can better and better alleviate ourselves of the three portents (harbingers of all bad tidings): hate, greed and ignorance.

It is all about being mindful and present, in a loving, selfless, altruistic awareness of what is genuinely important, i.e., a quintessentially resplendent light bright spirit of true appreciation of the miracle of the moment. This splendid way of being allows us, enables us, to genuinely embrace and deeply witness within ourselves a holistic oneness of the mind, body and spirit. It allows us to lovingly embrace healthful change, on every level, right down to every cell in one’s body, every facet of what makes up each one of us.

It is not about living for the moment, but living in the moment. If there is a Heaven, a key to the Universe, even a sixth sense, they are rooted in true honesty and the promotion of true happiness and true freedom — and most importantly, needing less and less to hide behind. It is a loving, selfless, sweet and innocent sparkling spine-tingling, shivering appreciation — a glimpse of an existence where there is no time, no space, no distance, and no yesterday, no today, no tomorrow. It is a glimpse of an existence where all is known.

It is a beautiful key to true health and true responsibility. It is a path of heart — a way of life without unhealthful fear, unhealthful pride and blind greed. It is so much about being healthful conduits and diplomats between Heaven and Earth — true appreciation! This is all quite congruent with what our souls are working toward!

The following saying addresses all of these notions quite succinctly.

There is a place where, wherever you are there, whatever you are doing, no matter what, in any given moment, there should be nowhere else you would rather be. It is where you are right now — and you have the ability to so deeply and artfully appreciate your life and its living, to connect one healthful insight to the next, and make them all one as you learn to witness this existing truth.

In the wilderness of our existence, a place of budding flowers about to be unwrapped in a display of perfect appreciation for all to thrive upon, we are the flowers that can blossom again and again in each season of our deeper insights — all connected, each better and more healthful than before.

It is not unlike Heaven, and it can become Heaven, with enough insight and appreciation. It takes quite a few sparks, glimpses, spine-tingling moments, as a way of life that becomes more purposeful, more without time or space or distance. More and more, there is less and less to hide behind.

Dr. Glen Hepker
Dr. Glen Hepker is an author (A Glimpse of Heaven: The Philosophy of True Health), and he has doctorate degrees in psychology and traditional Chinese health arts. He is a part-time individual and marital counselor, a wellness and life coach, and a master instructor of tai chi chuan, chi kung, kung fu, refined meditation/guided imagery, and associated health/wellness arts at Mason City Wellness Center/Mason City Tai Chi~Chi Kung~Kung Fu in Mason City, Iowa. Visit AGlimpseofHeaventhePhilosophyofTrueHealth.wordpress.com or Masoncitytaichi.com.

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