True Health in PTSD Recovery: Part 2

Guest Post by: Dr. Glen Hepker


This week we continue “True Health in PTSD Recovery” from Part 1.

According to the philosophy defined herein, a significant level of True Health clearly reflects the healthful practice of employing True Effort – and real and substantive True Effort cannot be realized unless such action is in distinct congruence with ‘doing the right thing for the right sake,’ e.g., the ‘right sake’ being ‘without the need for selfish recognition.’ Herein, so-to-speak, our ‘load is lightened,’ fostering less and less stress and anxiety – making True Effort possible and actually enjoyable when we realize a lightness of being, not bogged-down by selfish and/or emotional baggage…a wonderful, abundant level of healthful true self-efficacy. In looking at the issue in full circle, doing the right thing for the right sake, unto itself, when contrasted with other healthful objectives which we might attempt, is among the most difficult – requiring an amazing amount of effort. Albeit, nothing will better enforce substantive realization of comprehensive and genuine health and wellness.

If we wish to take True Responsibility for our own health and wellbeing, then it may be possible that we can learn to mindfully and objectively witness and make real the notion that life should be the highest of art forms: The more and more selfless one becomes in creating one’s art form, the more and more beautiful and healthful the art, the artist becomes. It is learning to Play the Part of the Perfect Witness – to oneself and the world in which we are an integral part. It is an outlook which is unblemished and light. It is True Honesty…learning to prefer to not be weighted-down by desire of recognition for one’s good work/effort. It is a significant key to unlocking the door to True Health.

When making healthful positive changes in one’s life, it is of great importance to be truly appreciative of the miracle of being able to do so. This is a gift made real by our own efforts and by the efforts of others. True Health is being a loving witness to the process and knowing not to be afraid of the notion that there is always room for improvement (which may be among our greatest blessings on this Earth).

It is likely that dealing with the symptoms/effects of PTSD is one of the most difficult things that any human being can possibly face. Most people cannot even begin to understand the dynamics of this most pernicious of difficulties. That said, and EVEN SO, it is amazing what we as human beings can accomplish when we do not give up. Notwithstanding, we often display little faith in the obvious potential benefits of making healthful changes in our lives. We HAVE the strength and wherewithal to succeed in any goal we set for ourselves, if we are willing to ‘do it until works,’ never giving up. It won’t ever work otherwise. This New Year can be special, it CAN be different, if one is willing to take true responsibility and make it so! What a beautiful blessing! What a beautiful gift we can allow ourselves. The below saying speaks well to this point:

The Lotus Flower Blossoms (as set forth in Chapter XV of my new book):

“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.” — Dr. Glen Hepker

Click here for True Health in PTSD Recovery: Part 1

About the author: Dr. Glen Hepker is an author (A Glimpse of Heaven: The Philosophy of True Health), and has doctorate degrees in psychology and traditional Chinese health arts. He is a part-time individual and marital counselor, a wellness coach, and a master instructor of tai chi chuan, chi kung, kung fu, refined meditation/guided imagery, and associated health/wellness arts (which are intrinsically inclusive of the quite broad and ages-old benevolent, altruistic, and empathetic health/wellness philosophy set forth in his book – along with acupuncture/pressure, nutritional arts, herbal arts, tui na, stretching arts), at Mason City Wellness Center LLC/Mason City Tai Chi~Chi Kung~Kung Fu LLC, Mason City, IA USA


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