How Important is True Appreciation?


In the age-old traditions, 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 and more common glimpses of what it is like to take genuine ownership of deeply healthful views, outlooks that 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 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 and 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.

Such objective insight prompts one to play the part of a less-blemished witness — inner knowing versus just believing — and most importantly, not fooling oneself (hence witnessing, not just thinking it out). Some things cannot be rationally understood. They can only be witnessed (it is the Way that cannot be told, versus the way that can be told).

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, promoting true happiness and true freedom — and more importantly, needing less and less to hide behind. It is a loving, selfless, and 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 means by which we move from belief to inner knowing. It is a beautiful key to true health and true responsibility. It is a path of the heart — a way of life more and more without unhealthful fear, unhealthful pride and blind greed. It is so much about being healthful conduits and diplomats between Heaven and Earth — also known as true appreciation!

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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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