How important is True Appreciation? How important is it to recognize the genuine abundance in our lives?

How important is it each day, even each and every moment…NO MATTER the quality of the day, the moment – choosing to find a means by which to make even the most difficult of days/moments into splendid blessings that we will never forget? Do we have such wherewithal?

What would the world be like if more and more of us learned to succinctly see this as a true responsibility? Would it require that we learn to better and better embrace healthful change and avoid getting lost in a mien of blind craving and desire? Would it require that we learn to better and better embrace the notion that we are all so much more in the same common ‘boat’ than we often think and act? Would it require that we endeavor to do the right thing for the right selfless sake…more and more and more? Would it require that we endeavor to be resplendently benevolent, compassionate, and empathetic (albeit NOT co-dependent) in our interaction with others…displaying dignity, decency, goodness, and grace…and figuring out how to truly mean it, NO MATTER WHAT? Would it require that we be supportive of others in their healthful goals?

Certainly this is ‘tough stuff,’ to say the least…but quite likely there may be very little that could be more rewarding, inclusive of realization of true health. Such appreciation of life and its living is absolutely requisite of quintessential levels of love and deeply genuine gratitude – sparkling spine-tingling/shivering impeccable true appreciation of the miracle of the moment. So humbly and respectfully, it is requisite of true effort – realization/enjoyment of levels of true mastery whose ‘secret’ may be in enjoying deep appreciation of one of the most significant blessings of all on this Earth, e.g., that there is ALWAYS room for improvement, greater and greater levels of objective insight and mastery. Is this a ‘key’ to true health? Each of us can only answer this for ourselves.

Congruent with this outlook is the notion that enjoying free will is among the most wonderful of blessings. Albeit, LOTS of responsibility comes with it, most particularly IF we CHOOSE to RESPECTFULLY answer to it. Ideally, it must be harmoniously consistent with the wonderful spirit thereof, e.g., creating a truly healthful and appreciative WAY OF LIFE.

Getting ongoingly lost on crepuscular/stagnant plateaus can be like a living death: Embracing healthful change CAN make it possible to more and more realize the ability to play the part of the less and less blemished Witness…taking part in the living loving story of our lives, vs. just being a pawn in the story of our lives. It is so much about true appreciation and true honesty, promoting of true happiness and true freedom…but most importantly, needing less and less to hide behind. — Dr. Glen Hepker

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If there is a Heaven…

If there is a Heaven, a ‘key to the universe,’ they are rooted in true honesty, promoting of true happiness and true freedom…but most importantly, needing less and less to hide behind. What does this mean? It means that there is a so-to-speak place where there is no time, no space, no distance…where all is known…but most importantly once again, nothing “to hide behind.”

What does this have to do with this existence? It means that the more and more healthful we are in the here and now (spiritually, emotionally, and even often physically), the more we can catch sweet and innocent benevolent sparkling spine-tingling/shivering glimpses of Heaven. Why is this important? Because in this existence, we genuinely are much more in the same common boat than we so often think and act (whether we accept it or not, this is a significant aspect of true health and true responsibility). In so-to-speak Heaven, there is NO separation whatsoever, and accordingly, the more and more responsibility we here on Earth take for our own health and well-being, the more prepared and open we will be when it is our time to go and/or be there. Is it true that ‘God helps them that help themselves?’ Maybe it is up to each of us to do decide.

The more and more we can learn to do the right thing for the right selfless sake, the more and more we will be able to treat others with a loving spirit of dignity, decency, goodness, and grace – realizing better and better that we genuinely are so very much in the same common boat, here AND everywhere. Accordingly so much so, that our taught/perceived differentiation is a grand or maybe not so grand illusion…a beyond-words terrible and sad joke. Maybe this is an important reason we are here on Earth, to rediscover the Truth.

It is so very important here on Earth, that we learn to better and better support others in their HEALTHFUL goals and objectives. It is so very important that we learn to live our lives as living loving art forms, vs. getting permanently stuck on stagnant plateaus – all being so much about, once again, taking true responsibility for our own health and well-being. Again, it is so very much about endeavoring to do the right thing without the need for selfish recognition or hidden agendas.

What would it be like to be light and fluid, embracing healthful change, vs. running away from it and/or ignoring the possibility? The following Lotus Flower saying states it succinctly…

The Lotus Flower Blossoms (as set forth in Chapter XV – “True Freedom” of my book, A Glimpse of Heaven: The Philosophy of True Health):

“There is a place where, wherever you are there, whatever you are doing…no matter what, in any given moment, there should be nowhere you would rather be. It is where you are right now – and you have the ability to so deeply and artfully appreciate your life and its living…to connect one healthful insight to the next, and make them all one…learning to witness this already-existing truth.

In the wilderness of our existence…a place of budding flowers about, about to unwrap in a showing of perfect appreciation for all to thrive upon, we are the flowers which can blossom again and again in each season of our deeper and deeper insights…all connected…each better and more healthful than before.

It is not unlike Heaven and it can become Heaven, with enough insight and appreciation. It takes quite a few sparks, glimpses – spine-tingling moments as a way-of-life which becomes more and more purposeful, more and more without time or space or distance. More and more there is less and less to hide behind.” (Copyright 2011)

*Consistent with this ages-old philosophy, is that here on Earth we enjoy the brightest of blessings, e.g., that there is ALWAYS room for improvement – greater and greater objective insight. Sadly, this so often does not seem to be a blessing at all, in fact quite the contrary. We often fool ourselves into thinking that embracing healthful change is a terrible, even ugly thing. It is SO important that we learn to see it in a more and more positive light. We truly can enjoy a beautiful faith that this light can glow so bright that it will become beautiful beyond words, in a fashion which there is no need for time or space or distance, and one more time…nothing to hide behind. The walls of lies CAN come tumbling Oh boy!


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How can we reignite our passion for life?

Can the ‘magic elixir’ be found in a deeply loving sense of true appreciation? Maybe so.

Humbly and respectfully, I believe we must learn to better and better act in a healthful spirit of loving selflessness, allowing ourselves the true freedom of alleviating expectations, preset patterns of thinking, hidden agendas, and the need for selfish recognition. It is in the loving and altruistic spirit of true honesty, allowing for true happiness – it is realizing greater and greater mastery in playing the part of the unblemished ‘witness’ to our internal and external environments. It is the right thing for the right sake in selflessly embracing true health…alleviating the pernicious weight of what we may coin as our addictive emotional attachments and also what are most typically viewed as physical vices/attachments. In better and better realization of this healthful spirit, we can more so avoid getting permanently stuck on stagnant plateaus (not to speak harshly – but not unlike a purgatory/living death).

On one important level of this issue, it is significant to learn to NEED to genuinely embrace a deep abiding spirit of forgiveness of ourselves and others. If there is a ‘key to the universe,’ it is rooted in true honesty, promoting of true happiness and true freedom…but most importantly, needing less and less to hide behind. It can be a benevolent and selfless ‘glimpse’ of an existence, so-to-speak, in which we have no need for attachment to yesterday, today, or tomorrow – once again, nothing to hide behind…all is known.

Here in this existence, in a splendidly healthful spirit, we can live each day, each moment, inspired anew…more and more ‘present’ and embracing of the miracles/blessings of each moment…inclusive of healthful change. A key to unlock the door to true health, i.e., the ‘magic elixir,’ may be found in true appreciation – true appreciation of our best moments AND our difficult moments. — Dr. Glen Hepker


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Rethinking primary/secondary school physical education…

An excerpt from a chapter in my book, e.g., Chapter XIII – “Embracing Our Comfort and Discomfort Equally”…

“A great majority of us took part in physical education and sport activities in primary and secondary school. In this setting we were often required to perform athletically, with the goal of trying to do our best competitively, or at least take part and try to show improvement within the various activities of our ‘physical education.’ Some will recall a distaste for having to, for instance, try to run fast. Their experience as such, leaves an unhappy memory of running – in fact were quite ‘turned-off’ by it. It is sad that this is the case. Wouldn’t it be better, if physical education was really just that, being educated that exercise is once again, a way-of-life, not just an unhappy memory of having to take part in competitive sports (or simply be pushed toward accepting a competitive mindset)?

This is not to say that competitive sports are a bad thing – albeit they are clearly not for everyone. On the other hand, comprehensive health education in such school settings – the promotion of exercise as a way-of-life, could be for everyone. Healthful exercise as a way-of-life could be, more and more, enjoyed by most everyone: Exercise can be exercise, without having to actually be athletic. The world would look quite different if, for instance, slow jogging and walking were promoted as a way-of-life in our school systems. Humans were meant to walk and run – the speed is not very relevant to overall health…it is the doing which is clearly relevant. Even so, the most important thing to promote within the young minds of school children, is that if they learn to desire healthful success as such, they each need to realize that it is never completely easy. They will have to learn to better and better embrace their discomfort, each day, each year, throughout their lives, in order to realize genuine levels of comfort/wellness. Enjoyment of a truly healthful quality of life takes a lot of effort…it is not meant to be an easy thing – it does not need to be easy. ‘True health’ necessitates ‘true effort.’ It necessitates learning to deeply appreciate challenge…as that among the most significant of blessings.

Notwithstanding, for those of us beyond school age, it can be obviously said that we cannot change the past. For those of us who do not participate in healthful levels of exercise, it would require a lot of effort to do so – especially when we have almost innumerable types of distractions – “toys,” “tastes,” and “fun.” A healthful response might be that toys are best utilized in moderation, tastes (of whatever type) can be enjoyed in moderation, and fun can become something healthful. Albeit, at least until one develops a liking for healthful exercise, it does require one to embrace one’s comfort and discomfort equally. We can change the past in a sense, if we are willing to learn to embrace the discomfort of painful memories. By doing so, we can look at and witness the past, and use the resulting knowledge as impetus to further educate ourselves – discovering why we can justify turning uncomfortable effort into something positive, though initially hard and difficult, into a healthful way-of-life which sustains our health in ways many only dream of or think impossible. To further support this point: It is difficult to argue against the notion that we all have a true responsibility to be the best role models we can be – most particularly for those school children spoken of earlier. The better role models we are, the less difficult it will be for children to see that healthful effort and outcomes are normal – not simply just something that they are being told to do…not simply just ‘do as I say, not do as I do.’ Making healthfulness a norm is doing the right thing for the right sake, without the need for selfish recognition – and ‘it doesn’t get better than that.’” (Copyright 2011) 


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What might be a ‘path of heart?’

If such a thing exists, how important is it to be on such a ‘path?’

Many cultures and traditions have similar sayings which loosely and not-so-loosely translate into congruent outlooks. In the ages-old arts that I teach, coach, and humbly endeavor to follow (i.e., Ming Chia/Tao Chan – the Bright Beautiful School of Thought), the very old consistent (Mandarin) term is ‘tao te shen,’ e.g., ‘path of heart,’ ‘way of heart,’ or ‘being of heart.’ Therein, a path of heart is described as a spirit devoid of the most dark and terrible weight of greed, gluttony, hate, ignorance, and unhealthful fear (or dread). It is full of the beautiful brightness/lightness of dignity, decency, goodness, and grace. It IS the living loving spirit of true appreciation and acting without acting, e.g., endeavoring to do the right thing for the right sake, without the need for selfish recognition or hidden agendas. It is living life as a living loving art form…embracing of change, most especially healthful change. It is a way of being which is full of the quintessential brightness of the ‘five virtues’ – healthful respect, healthful loyalty, healthful humility, true honor, and true integrity.

The Bright School theory sets forth the notion that humankind cannot survive (let alone thrive) if there aren’t enough people on so-coined paths of heart. It sets forth that the only way humankind will ever substantively evolve (as a whole), is when/if a majority of human beings are raised and/or raised up to paths of heart, quite inclusive of embracing the notion of ‘true health through true responsibility.’

In a humble and respectful spirit, it is said in these arts, that many people find such a way of being as something to look up to – they find it unusual…that it seems ‘different (likely in good way).’ Hence, if it was not different, would it not have become unknown a long time past…or vice-versa? Do we truly need our ‘kings,’ ‘queens,’ and ‘heroes?’ Or do we more likely just need really good mentors and/or genuinely healthful unintentional role models.

In these arts it is said that there are ‘three treasures’ and that it is of utmost import that one learns to mindfully embrace them like nothing else. They are consistent with (honestly acting in) the healthful spirit(s) of “mercy, economy, and defying temptation to be ahead of others.” The spirit of mercy promotes strength. The spirit of economy promotes altruism. The spirit of humility promotes skills in stewardship.

“What is it to shun mercy, while endeavoring to be courageous? What is it to avoid economy, while endeavoring to be generous? What is it to avoid humility, and consistently work to win?” Such is an ongoing stagnant plateau which is like a living death.

Christ once said, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter Heaven.” True wealth is not financial. True wealth is a path of heart…it is the right thing for the right selfless sake. It is true health through true responsibility.

A living spirit of grace and mercy in facing life’s battles is promoting of healthful objective insight and healthful outcomes – greater and greater wherewithal in one’s ability to handle what life throws at one. It is a means by which one can be a more and more healthful conduit between Heaven and Earth. If there is a Heaven, a key to the universe, a sixth sense, they are rooted in true honesty promoting of true happiness and true freedom…but most importantly, needing less and less to hide behind.

We have already been given the gifts we need in order to succeed: If there is a reward, it is in the requisite true effort of facing opportunities for growth, e.g., the miracles of ALL challenges…and first and foremost recognizing them as such blessings, i.e., ‘true miracles.’ — Dr. Glen Hepker

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What is the importance of gratitude in the quality of our health and well-being?

“Glen, it seems that, in my life when I feel the greatest sense of gratitude, it makes me feel best about my day, my life. It seems that, while feeling the wonderful outcome of this insight, I feel more healthy than at any other time. Is this what you mean when you say that true appreciation can be among the most splendid of healing mechanisms?’ What are your thoughts?” (An inquiry from a reader of my blog and book.)

Response: You state your thoughts QUITE well, thanks so VERY much. Humbly and respectfully, it is working toward taking deep and abiding ownership of a WAY OF LIFE in which one gathers a genuinely honest spirit of true appreciation…more and more each moment. What makes this all the more real, is in knowing that among the greatest gifts of all is that there is always room for improvement. It is a significant aspect of taking true responsibility for one’s own health and well-being.

This deep and abiding sense of gratitude greatly enhances the quality of our lives, and is a substantive part of the dynamic in raising ourselves up…embracing true responsibility. It is an important tenet of the Bright School theory, assisting one in realizing greater and greater levels of health and well-being.

This splendidly healthful outlook is distinguished by its remarkable, thought-provoking, and ingenious notion of coalescing ethics, morality, and deeply rooted insight/objectivity skills with conceptions of health and wellness, i.e., True Health and/or True Health through True Responsibility. It sets forth that one cannot realize true health without the necessary and genuinely skilled attributes of true appreciation and true honesty. It is deep insight, morality, clear objectivity – learning the genuine skill of being able to look within and without (into one’s internal and external environments), without fear, without preset patterns of thinking, and/or weight of expectations. AND in addition, it is with the SO healthful spirit of the beautiful and bright light of forgiveness.

A deep, abiding, altruistic, and loving spirit of gratitude is congruent with gathering a level of objective insight that introduces one to the notion of not needing anything to hide behind. Such healthful clarity is a significant aspect of what is humbly described as a ‘glimpse of heaven.’ This healthful way of being cannot be realized without deep gratitude…without gathering a genuine spirit of true appreciation more and more as a way of life – way of being. It is consistent with living each day in a sparkling spine-tingling/shivering fashion in which we are resplendently recharged and inspired anew. — Dr. Glen Hepker (Copyright 2011)

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What would a selfless spirit of healthful heartfelt goodness be like?

Quite humbly and respectfully, I am speaking of the ‘spirit’ with which one goes about doing what one does…one’s demeanor or mien. In my ages-old arts it is coined as ‘shen.’ Again, “what would a selfless spirit of healthful heartfelt goodness be like?” Would it be light and free, yet full of dignity, decency, goodness, and grace? Would its selflessness be consistent with resplendently endeavoring to do the right thing for the right sake…without the need for selfish recognition or hidden agendas? Would such a spirit be full of the ‘truth,’ e.g., that we are all SO very much more in the same common boat than we often think and act (the primary fault of humankind being the notion that you are there and I am here)? Would such a spirit recognize the true responsibility of supporting others in their healthful goals? Would such a spirit recognize the true responsibility of making the world a better place…treating life as a living loving art form?

What would all of this mean in practical application, in daily life? In such a spirit, would it be difficult to ALWAYS be genuinely honest (with others AND ourselves) – maybe living in a state of fear, e.g., worrying that one would hurt others’ feelings if one was always honest?

As the old sayings go, “What would Christ do?” “What would Buddha do?” Again (quite!) humbly and respectfully, I believe it is highly likely that Christ and Buddha would be quintessentially loving in speaking the honest truth, no more…no less. I believe they would be the living loving embodiment of true appreciation and true forgiveness.

Is it possible that we can see them not just as impeccable examples of true health and true responsibility…but humbly and respectfully as mentors? It IS likely quite true(!) that perfection (for us) on this Earth is not possible – perfection may be only found in Heaven (albeit, here on Earth a greatest of blessings may be in that there is always room for improvement).

Could it be, at least in an ideal sense, that we have a dire responsibility to at least try to live in an all-healing spirit of true appreciation…treating life as a living loving art form (maybe a ‘work of art’ – oh boy!)?

If there is a Heaven, a ‘key to the universe,’ they are rooted in true honesty, promoting of true happiness and true freedom…but most importantly, nothing to hide behind. Maybe here on this Earth, we can learn to (in a splendidly healthful ‘spirit’) catch regular glimpses. — Dr Glen Hepker

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