The world can often be a morbidly difficult, nasty, gruesome place. From this vantage point, the notion of taking true responsibility for our own health and well-being can no doubt seem quite silly and ‘beyond the pale.’
An excerpt from my book (A Glimpse of Heaven: The Philosophy of True Health) i.e., Chapter XII/”True Happiness: A Glimpse of Heaven”…
“There is no realistic doubt that much of the time contemporary life does require a majority of us to move quickly in order to be accountable to the myriad responsibilities which are manifest in our daily lives. Add to this mix some version of the emotional baggage which each of us lives with, and the weight on our shoulders can seem untenable: That is a very important point herein – when looking at life as such, without a seeming wherewithal to appreciate deeply meaningful aspects thereof, it can obviously seem impossible to deal with. The world can often be a morbidly difficult, nasty, gruesome place. From this vantage point, the notion of taking true responsibility for our own health and well-being can no doubt seem quite silly and ‘beyond the pale.’ Be it as it may, without our willingness to try to get better and better in dealing with ‘what life throws at us,’ what is the point? Should we blindly go on suffering? Is that what all of this is about – at best?
There is more – a lot more: There is true happiness, and it can be realized a majority of the time. In this imperfect existence (where succinct perfection cannot be realized), it is a ‘glimpse of heaven.’ It is learning to witness one’s internal and external environments in an objective, unblemished fashion, without the need for precognitive expectations; a living lightness of mind, body, and spirit; a tool with which we can learn the ability of ‘giving up the self,’ and requiring of healthful true faith and true effort. It is the nurtured ability to healthfully prompt genuine clarity and spine-tingling loving feelings at will.
A path toward such healthful insight and congruent way-of-life, can be found in an understanding of, what are coined in these traditions, as the Four Noble Truths:
~ The world is weighted-down and suffocated by suffering and misery.
~ Most suffering and misery is rooted in unhealthful craving/desire,
unhealthful styles of thinking and blemished views, a lack of critical
thinking skills and healthful logic, and anger, hatefulness/prejudice,
ignorance, greed, and fear of healthful change.
~ A Glimpse of Heaven – temporarily witnessing what it is like to enjoy
genuine happiness and objective insight – existing without the suffering
and misery rooted in the unhealthful portents of the second Noble Truth.
~ True Happiness – a healthful way-of-life in which at least a slight
majority of time one exists without the suffering and misery rooted in
the unhealthful portents of the second Noble Truth, e.g., the Eightfold
Healthful Path.” — Dr. Glen Hepker (Copyright 2011)
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