How much ‘room for improvement’ can we handle?

An excerpt from Chapter VIII – Endeavor to Avoid Preference for the Sake of Preference – from my book, A Glimpse of Heaven: The Philosophy of True Health…

“We often prefer not to make the effort to be objective and insightful, and many do not choose to develop critical thinking skills at all – choosing a lifestyle in which we develop an ‘addiction’ to ‘running away from ourselves’ – running away from looking inward. In practical application, this is like living a lie. Broad manifestation of unhealthful practices is a vicious cycle: We learn from role models, and we model the same for others – to our contemporaries and from one generation to the next. In commenting on someone’s unhealthful behavior, a common response is “‘gotta go sometime.’” It is a sad commentary when contrasting it with the realization of true health which we are capable of.

Living a way-of-life in which unhealthful preferences are seemingly matter-of-fact norms stifles our ability to feel good about ourselves on a truly substantive level. In contrast, learning to gauge our preferences in a fashion which is congruent with objective understanding of what is healthful, versus what is unhealthful, enables us to develop the capacity to appreciate and enjoy higher and higher levels of True Health. This true gauge can be applied to virtually ANY moment, ANY aspect of our lives. When we nurture and ‘fine-tune’ this gauge, this tool, we are treating life as an art.

One of the greatest gifts in life is the same which is manifest in what makes any art an art: No matter how hard we try to do a ‘good job,’ no matter how much effort we make to perfect it, there is always room for improvement – we can always do a ‘better job.’ Life CAN be an art, an art form, if we prefer, if we choose to embrace it as such. In choosing to realize higher and higher levels of true health, we must be willing to exercise significant levels of free will by ‘opening our eyes’ to this art, this beautiful gift of life – thus taking true responsibility for our own health and wellbeing.

Dependence to, and/or infatuation with unhealthful preferences limits our aptitude in realizing (what are coined herein as) spiritual or divine sparks – spiritual insights. In congruence with the traditions of the health arts which I teach and coach, the ability to promote and commonly experience these ‘insights’ is one of the substantive measures of true health and true freedom.” — Dr. Glen Hepker (Copyright 2011)

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