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True Health in PTSD Recovery: Part 1

Posted Feb 22 2013 8:21am

Guest Post by: Dr. Glen Hepker


Nothing may be more difficult for a human being, than in working toward PTSD recovery. Albeit, those working on this objective have a splendid opportunity to embrace new beginnings. The significance/practice of “‘doing it until it works’ – working at it…working at it…until nothing short of success is enjoyed” can be a powerful notion, if one chooses to make it real. This dynamic of this outlook is inclusive of a deep awareness of the importance of becoming more and more skilled in the things that we do in life – most particularly the healthful things which beneficially contribute to our quality of life. We CAN chose to lovingly embrace the notion of life being a highly-evolved art form: We CAN endeavor to selflessly outgrow our desire for excuses, blame, and complaint.

There is NO doubt that anyone suffering from PTSD has every right to blame and/or complain. Yes, this IS difficult stuff (to say the very least), but we CAN take ownership of this healthful philosophy, realizing it often takes True Effort to succeed…to OUTGROW bad habits (making unhealthful practices less and less necessary). At a MOST difficult level of True Effort, we CAN alleviate ourselves of this terrible weight. It is True Health through True Responsibility, and is congruent with our True Responsibility of making the world a better place. In taking the logic a bit further, we can realize that, among our greatest of responsibilities, we CAN enjoy the dire insight that we have no excuse but to learn again to be truly appreciative of all of life and its living, and learn again to be justly supportive of others. We can realize objective insight into how we can unselfishly and splendidly benefit from this practice. It is allowing ourselves True Freedom in enjoying life’s ultimate gifts: It can be the difference between witnessing and practicing the living loving story of our lives, vs. just being a pawn to the story of our lives.

Not in the spirit of being harsh or difficult, albeit too often we say we want to do something or accomplish something – until we discover how difficult it is. We realize that the journey toward the goal or objective is not enough fun – is too complicated – too nasty – too trying. We so often refuse to enjoy the miracle of the journey toward the goal – we focus our eye only on the reward – being unwilling to appreciate and objectively witness the ‘big picture.’

We are all capable of looking at this same issue through a more healthful lens: What a wonderful gift we can allow ourselves if we work toward a goal while displaying True Appreciation of the Miracle of the Moment… each moment of the journey. This is impossible all of the time – albeit recognition of the significance of this practice is a key aspect of a True Effort which cannot be separated from a healthful means of trying and achieving. It requires us to learn to better and better embrace our comfort and discomfort equally, lightening our loads of distastes, distastes which may no longer be rationally applicable. Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha) made this point: “We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.” We do have a choice, we are blessed with this splendid skill – if we are willing to exercise it.

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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