I have discussed many times how recovery from Parkinson’s is a soul, mind, and body journey. Also, I have expressed that our bodies have gotten worn out and our organs are not functioning correctly, in part, because we have been in Adrenaline mode for too many years. In fact, two of the three causes of Parkinson’s I have outlined in the blog relate to issues of the mind. Part of solving these causes is calming our minds.
The three main causes of Parkinson’s are:
1. Qi and Blood Deficiency, which is caused by emotional stress, anger, frustration, and resentment.
2. Phlegm-Fire Agitating Wind, which is caused by dietary considerations such as consumption of too much greasy, fried or sweet foods.
3. Kidney and Liver Wind Deficiency, which is caused by overwork and insufficient rest which unbalances the body’s natural rhythm.
Today I am going to focus on 1 and 3. Let’s take a look at 1, emotional stress, anger, frustration, and resentment. These are negative emotions. However, from where do they get their origination? How do they appear? How are they fueled? What negative impact do they have to our bodies?
These negative emotions originate in the mind. They are reactions to life’s events. Some would say that they are impulsive reactions to events, but if we really explore these emotions, we will see that they come from the mind. An event occurs that we do not like, and we experience stress. How do we react? We get angry because of the event itself and because of the stress it is causing us. We become frustrated because we are feeling stress and we feel like we have no control over the event. And, we become resentful because no matter how angry and frustrated we get, the stress does not go away and we resent it. Our minds create the road map of how we are going to deal with the event…our bodies pay the penalty.
And then, we fall right into cause 3, we burn the candle at both ends (and in the middle) because we do not like feeling stress or anger or frustration or resentment, so we think and we think and we think and we analyze and we analyze and we analyze in hopes that we will not find ourselves facing this same stressful event again! Our minds are now so overworked that our bodies pay the penalty…eventually, we tremor.
And why do we tremor? Because our Adrenaline mode has turned down the Dopamine faucet and our Dopamine is not flowing correctly. And why are we fatigued? Because the anger and frustration and resentment have zapped our energy and “boiled our blood” (Cause 1, Qi and Blood Deficiency). And why are our bodies filled with pollutants and toxins? Because we have overloaded our organs and those responsible for cleansing our bodies and removing the toxins are overworked and not able to keep up with their jobs (Cause 3, Kidney and Liver Wind Deficiency — we have Kidney and Liver Deficiencies, and we tremor or shake (Wind).
This is how I saw it when I embarked on my path to recovery. I knew I needed to calm my mind of negative emotions and I knew I needed to cleanse my body of toxins. Through trial and error (and success), I developed the Recipe for Recovery, which I hope will make a little more sense, technically, to you now.
The Qigong exercises work on healing the organs. Many people have reported back to me that they are surprised, and pleased, to find that their positive emotions open up while doing the exercises. This is because we are taking care of our recovery and we feel good about it. As we do our Qigong to heal our organs, and as toxins are being cleansed from our bodies, our outlook is brighter and our thinking is less polluted as well…the half-empty glass now appears half-full. As we calm our minds, our brains are not so overworked, and the electricity is able to flow better through our bodies leading to better movement, less pain and reduction of tremors…less is more!
When we are in Adrenaline mode for too long, our already-overworked brain is getting no rest and our Dopamine faucet is down to a trickle. The brain cannot tell the body everything the brain normally would have been able to tell the body. Therefore, the electricity is flowing through our bodies with limited electrical charges and with no clear direction where to go. Our result is tremors, bad balance, rigidity, fatigue and slow movement.
Think about it — if we receive an electrical shock to the outside of our bodies, it becomes electricity that enters our bodies with no clear direction where to go or what to do. And how do our bodies respond? 1. We shake (tremors); 2. We are thrown off balance (bad balance); 3. Our muscles tighten (rigidity); and 4. It wears us out (fatigue and slow movement).
What should we do? Calm our minds and give our brains a break…a much needed, well-earned vacation from negative emotions and the 24×7 over-thinking of life. How do we do this? Pray, meditate, breath slowly and deeply, think pleasant thoughts, (whatever works for you to relax your mind and body), and trust enough in ourselves to look at life’s events through eyes that say, “‘Okay,’ this happened. I know I cannot change the reality that it happened, but I can control how I react to it. ‘Okay,’ let’s see what I can do about it.” This type of outlook is refreshing as it is devoid of negative emotions and it alleviates over-thinking everything as a result of Adrenaline and self-doubt.
Two people told me during their coaching calls this week that while meditating, or while in singularly-focused positive thought, their tremors diminished and then ceased to exist the entire time of the relaxation and for a short time thereafter. The next step is being able to take this result and have it last into everyday life. It is possible for everybody to achieve this. It does not happen over night, but it does happen!
Trust yourself and calm your mind! Aren’t you worth it?
All my best,