How important is it to truly embrace/sustain one’s youthfulness?

What does sustained youthfulness have to do with realization of True Health? A dumb question…? Oh boy!

First and foremost, please know I am NOT speaking of youthful immaturity…I am speaking of a deep and abiding sense of physical and in many fashions, emotional, and even spiritual youthfulness. Of how much import is it to genuinely enjoy a true sense of youthfulness at any age, inclusive of in one’s 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and so on.

Humbly and respectfully, I am so quite fortunate to have students/clients of diverse ages, from their teens to well into their 90’s: A significant percentage of these students/clients are in their in their 70’s, 80,’s, and 90’s. Most of these enjoy a resplendent sense of youthfulness. One particular woman is 93. She has been a tai chi/chi kung student and wellness coaching client for over 16 years, and moves and has an exuberant spirit of someone decades younger . She walks five miles per day (religiously – no matter the weather), does tai chi chuan and chi kung, is skilled in her level of mindfulness/controlling stress and anxiety, is thin/of healthful weight, and enjoys a healthful dietary way of life. I have quite a number of students who enjoy a similar level of splendid youthfulness.

Please know that, in sharing this, my spirit herein is NOT to make it about me, or about ANYTHING like that. A point herein, is simply to discuss the importance of working toward holding onto and deeply appreciating one’s youthfulness. People who are able to do this deserve the credit for it, at least in my outlook. Some may say that genetics must have a LOT to do with this level of True Health…and no doubt one’s genetic status is a factor. According to contemporary empirical estimations/models, genetics are believed to make up about 20% to 30% of the dynamic in our health status. The diathesis stress model in psychology sets forth that one’s emotional health status (and hence significant physiological factors) are much a sum total of our genes, environment, and way of life. The biopsychosocial model is similar, but its impetus is not focused so much exclusively from a psychological outlook. (*Please note that this is just a very brief overview of these ‘models.’)

The ages-old arts that I teach, coach, and endeavor to follow, succinctly set forth that (the Bright Beautiful School of Thought/Ming Chia – a health/wellness philosophy which is a significant facet of the specific type of traditional Chinese health arts that I originally studied) NOT taking responsibility for one’s own health/well-being is the genuine actual disease in most cases, i.e.:  the TRUE disease is in NOT realizing a truly healthful dietary WAY OF LIFE; the TRUE disease is in not embracing an adequate/truly healthful aerobic exercise/mobility WAY OF LIFE; the TRUE disease is in not enjoying a truly healthful stress/anxiety-controlling WAY OF LIFE (which is inclusive of refined meditation and all-of-the-time diaphragmatic breathing). Accordingly, most of the time, what we conventionally perceive to be chronic disease is the RESULT/symptom of the REAL disease. This is not to say that health problems/lightning bolts cannot still strike…albeit, MUCH less so. This is a secondary thesis of the Bright School theory – whose (abbreviated) primary thesis is True Health through True Responsibility. In full, this thesis sets forth that the world would be a much better and different place as more and more people learn to take True Responsibility for their own health and well-being.

Please ask yourself…how happy, how healthful do you want to be? Is it likely that we can be more easily healthful if we are genuinely happy, and vice-versa? What if this simple knowledge is one of the little notches on a ‘key to the universe?’ Is realization of True Health requisite of a deeply loving spirit of True Appreciation, inclusive of even the ‘moment,’ more and more and MORE each moment? Does a loving sense of True Happiness have an intrinsic association with True Appreciation. Does all of this have a significant relationship with skilled mindfulness? A recent Time Magazine article (July 15, 2013 – page 27), shared empirical research which speaks to this issue: “People who dwell on the past and future are less likely to be happy than people who concentrate on the present.” 

“Please ask yourself…when is the last time you had truly sweet and innocent, loving, sparkling spine-tingling/shivering real fun? As a child? Ever? What true joy it is – selfless…light…shared. It is back to The Garden. Oh boy!!” — Dr. Glen Hepker


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