Can the ‘real magic’ be in the effort?

“Glen, it seems like our society is often looking for answers to difficulties with a one-size-fits-all mentality. You have taught, coached, and practiced your traditional health and wellness arts for a long time. What is your outlook, and how do you think that people can embrace health and wellness, even if one-size-doesn’t-fit-all?” (An inquiry from a reader of my book and blog.)

Response: Thanks so very much. I believe it is significant to take into account that this is a holistic health and wellness philosophy. With regard to its practical application, it is QUITE important to embrace the notion that one-size-doesn’t-fit-all. PLEASE know I don’t say this in an unhealthful spirit of being evasive: I am simply setting forth that the magic (NOT parlor tricks) is in the ONGOING true effort in taking true responsibility for one’s own health and well-being. The primary thesis of the ages-old health/wellness philosophy that I teach, coach, and endeavor to follow, is that “the world would be a much different and better place if more and more people learn to take true responsibility for their own health and well-being.” Ideally, each person likely would have a slightly different take on what it all entails. But the ‘magic is in the effort.’

I wholeheartedly believe that our society is slowly shifting/improving with regard to being aware of what is healthful and what is not. That said, it is clear that a majority of people are NOT yet endeavoring to embrace these notions. It is the difference between thriving vs. just getting by…just surviving. This is NOT meant in a haughty spirit, I mean this lovingly and with deeply felt empathy – we all have our ‘thorns to bear,’ learn from, and grow out of, if we choose.

I believe that our immune systems are able to ward-off just about anything, if we aren’t living in a state of enervation. Pristine homeostasis can be realized through embracing the broad tenets of true health, e.g., a level of healthfulness which can make widely-perceived amazing things become matter of fact/normal (for those accepting responsibility for their own health and well-being).

A goal in this tradition is to learn to better and better embrace life as a most splendid of art forms…a living loving art, full of true appreciation and gratitude. It can be the difference between witnessing and taking part in the living loving story of one’s life, vs. just being a pawn to the crepuscular story of one’s life. It is avoiding being permanently stuck on stagnant plateaus which are like a living death. If there is a ‘key to the universe,’ it is rooted in true honesty and true appreciation, promoting of true happiness and true freedom, but most importantly, needing less and less to hide behind. We are all programmed a bit differently, but each of us can better and better learn to embrace true health in a fashion which works well for them. True gauges as such, for anyone, can be to gather insight in this regard by asking oneself, “does it make my world, THE world, a better place?” “Am I doing this for the right unselfish sake?”

It is ‘tough stuff,’ albeit that is not what it is about – its spirit is endeavoring to do the right thing for the right sake, without the need for selfish recognition or hidden agendas. It is a loving, altruistic, and empathetic heartfelt mien – a spirit which is the key to unlock the door to sparkling spine-tingling/shivering communication, moments that are healthful beyond rational understanding: Such CAN be witnessed, appreciated as a WAY OF LIFE, vs. only in spontaneous sentimental moments, AND put into greater and greater levels of loving application. There is a True Love, inclusive, yet more than, familial, friendship, and romantic love. It can open ANY door.

These notions of ‘true health’ and ‘true responsibility’ do not necessitate anything resembling a one-size-fits-all mentality. Human beings certainly have individual differences which necessitate slightly different formulas/recipes for realization of impeccable or near-impeccable health and wellness. That said, deeply embracing/appreciating a pertinent and refined health and wellness philosophy may enable us to put all of our contemporary knowledge into splendid practical application.– Dr. Glen Hepker

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