About Moxie Girl Musings

Moxie Girl Musings is about starting over from square one after tragedy impacted my young family. It's filled with stories of triumph, struggle, snafus, hopes, and dreams. Sometimes there will be features from other writers that I like and every so often I'll include an original short story, but normally I simply write what's on my mind at the time. Welcome to my unfiltered true-life story as I figure out this thing called life. http://www.amberleaeaston.com

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Glimpse of Heaven: The Philosophy of True Health 

BISAC: Self-Help / Personal Growth / Happiness
Dr. Glen Hepker explores the tools for promotion of True Health. Based on the age-old Bright Beautiful School of Thought, Hepker explains how the quality of our lives will be greatly enhanced once we learn to raise ourselves up by taking True Responsibility for our own health and wellbeing. Hepker guides readers through the tenets of the Bright School theory and assists the reader in realizing this level of True Health. Most especially, this health and wellness philosophy is distinguished by its remarkable, thought-provoking, and ingenious notion of coalescing ethics and 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 truly skilled attributes of deep insight, morality, clear objectivity - learning the True Skill of being able to look within and without (into one's internal and external environments), without fear, without preset patterns of thinking. 
It sets forth the importance of True 
Honesty - 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 he describes as 'glimpses of heaven'...loving bioelectric spine-tingling (chi) feelings/realizations (and nurturing the True Skill of doing so AT WILL). It sets forth the notion that one of the greatest gifts of all is that there is always room for improvement, versus the living death of stagnant plateaus. It is a serious, yet loving, compassionate, altruistic, and empathetic work. It is also lovingly passive in its tone (voice and pretense). It is not self-promoting, self-aggrandizing, or evangelistic. It is a beautiful, superbly benevolent, and exceedingly well-thought-out health and wellness way-of-life (which is humbly devoid of legalistic or religious tendencies or bias). Its voice is untarnished - it never competes or sells. 

Glen Hepker has doctorate degrees in psychology and health/wellness arts, and he is a part-time individual and marital counselor, a wellness coach, and a master instructor of tai chi chuan, chi kung, kung fu, and associated health/wellness arts (which are intrinsically inclusive of the empathetic and benevolent health and wellness philosophy found in his writing) at Mason City Wellness Center LLC/Mason City Tai Chi~Chi Kung~Kung Fu LLC, Mason City, IA USA. 

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

A change is com'n and the earth is rock'n #life #changes #inspiration

As we head into the final stretch of my daughter's senior year, I'm feeling the ground shaking beneath my feet. Everything is changing.

I've never been one to cling to my kids, despite how it may look because we're a team of three. We hang out. We have a good time. We laugh a lot.

We've been through a lot.

But I have always encouraged my children to live their own lives, to know themselves, to make their choices based on their own dreams rather than any concern for leaving me behind. There are people--even close family members--who don't understand our dynamic. They see our closeness and predict I will go into some kind of tailspin when the kids leave for their own lives.

That's not true. I may be sad when I see my daughter walk across the stage to receive her diploma, but not because I am going to be "alone." No, even now when I get teary-eyed looking through old photos for senior collages it's not because I'm afraid or want to keep her here. It's because I look at old photos and remember how quickly life evolves. Nothing is permanent in this world. It all moves so quickly that at times I'm breathless from it all. When I get sad, it's because I wish her dad were here to see what a gorgeous young woman she's become and hope that somehow--in some way--he is.
Yes, I feel the tremors of change rattling the foundation. I welcome it! I know my daughter and soon my son will surpass any dream I ever could have had for them. They will soar higher and be better human beings than I ever could. I have no doubt.

There are other changes happening around me. The psycho troll I dated two years ago moved to Florida to hook up with a woman (she must have money). The crying widower I dated before him now has a baby with some young chic. A woman who was widowed a month before me is now engaged. Me? Well, I've published five books and am thinking of putting hard wood floors in the house. Oh, and I'm going to Key West with a good friend to raise some hell later this year. Changes? You bet. We all evolve in our own way.

I look ahead and see exciting things in my future. All good. My daughter is going to college only 45 minutes from home. Someone said to me, "you should let her go further." LET? As far as I'm concerned, those who say the sky is the limit are only limiting themselves because there are footprints on the moon. I would be the last person to try to keep her pinned down. She can go wherever she chooses…she chose her university. Let?! Oh, people, when will you learn to shut the fuck up when it comes to my life? Hopefully, that will change in my near future.

One day I will have the house to myself. The dogs, cats, and I will rule! Will it be lonely? I don't think so. I love my work. I have close friends--maybe fewer than before, but the ones who remain are golden. I will travel. I will do whatever the hell I want to do when I want to do it. Why is this a bad thing?
No matter how far my kids travel in their lives, no matter how far their dreams take them, we will remain a tight unit with a shared history and a love so deep miles won't be able to break it. Change is coming. I hear it. I feel it. I will cry…but I also cry when I'm happy, sad, angry, and frustrated. I'm a crier. It's what I do.

Looking at baby pictures make me think of all the dreams I had for that baby girl, all I wanted to give her, all that I have and all that I haven't. Could I have been better? Yes. Did I do my best? Yes. Is time up? For this chapter, yes. For the next? It's all just beginning.

It will be new for us all. We will adjust, but we will also grow. Sometimes that rumble and quaking of change breaks free a new version of ourselves that is so much better than the old. Like a sculptor chipping away at a stone to unlock the image inside, change does that for us so that we may become better versions of ourselves.