How much Gratitude do You need to be Healthy?


Humbly and respectfully, this is all about working toward taking deep and abiding ownership of a way of life in which one gathers a genuinely honest spirit of true appreciation and gratitude — more and more each moment.

What makes this all the more real is in knowing that among the greatest gifts of all is that there is always room for improvement — a significant aspect of taking true responsibility for one’s own health and well-being. This deep and abiding sense of living loving gratitude greatly enhances the quality of our lives, and is a substantive part of a dynamic of raising ourselves up, up and up, so well beyond what are often pernicious stagnant plateaus that can be like a living death.

This splendidly healthful outlook is distinguished by its remarkable, thought-provoking and ingenious notion of coalescing ethics, morality and deeply rooted insight/objectivity skills with concepts of health and wellness — True Health through True Responsibility.

A primary notion within this philosophy is that one cannot realize true health without the necessary and genuinely skilled attributes of true appreciation and true honesty. It is a deep and abiding sense of mindfulness, insight, morality, clear objectivity — learning the genuine skill of being able to look within and without (into one’s internal and external environments), without fear, without preset patterns of thinking, and/or weight of expectations — with the so healthful spirit of the bright beautiful living light of forgiveness.

This is “tough stuff,” to say the least, but quite likely there may be very little that could be more rewarding.

To put it most simply, the notion that each moment we are living, breathing, thinking/intelligent, free-willed functioning beings on a lava-filled rock/planet that supports us while we act out our innumerable comedies and dramas on its surface/stage setting, while spinning at 1,000 miles per hour, traveling through space at an average of 66,000 miles per hour around a star, in a solar system tuned like a clock, in a galaxy in a universe moving at least at the speed of light, means, when one views it objectively, that each moment is, by any rational and appreciative standard, a miracle without measure.

And truly, this is just one example of the innumerable blessings for which we can choose to be appreciative in our lives.

No matter how difficult life is for us, no matter how many “thorns in our side” there are in our daily lives, how dare we not appreciate the gift of each moment for the miracles that they are?! Why do we not feel a deep and abiding rational, emotional, and even spiritual appreciation for each moment, in each moment, as a way of life, a way of being?

Maybe the key to this is outrageously simple: we need to overcome our seemingly instinctive fear of a deep, abiding, altruistic and living loving spirit of gratitude that is congruent with gathering a level of objective insight that introduces us to the notion of not needing anything to hide behind. Such healthful clarity is a significant aspect of what is humbly described as a “glimpse of heaven.”

John F. Kennedy once said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.”

We can face and overcome our clinging, our addiction to desire and fear of healthful change. This healthful way of being cannot be realized without deep gratitude, without gathering a genuine spirit of true appreciation more and more as a way of life — way of being. It is consistent with living each day in a sparkling spine-tingling/shivering fashion in which we are resplendently recharged and inspired anew.

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Dr. Glen Hepker
Dr. Glen Hepker is an author (A Glimpse of Heaven: The Philosophy of True Health), a blogger, a part-time counselor, wellness coach, life coach, and a master instructor of tai chi chuan, chi kung, kung fu, refined meditation/guided imagery, and associated health/wellness arts (which are intrinsically inclusive of the quite broad and ages-old benevolent, altruistic, and empathetic health/wellness philosophy set forth in his book - along with acupuncture/pressure, nutritional arts, herbal arts, tui na, stretching arts (though he does not practice acupuncture or nutrition as a living), at Mason City Tai Chi~Chi Kung~Kung Fu & Wellness Center LLC, Mason City, IA USA


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