Adrenaline mode…this is one of the things that brings our Parkinson’s to the surface, and it is one of the things we need to correct in our recovery. Adrenaline mode…it is the mind working in constant fear of the future that wears down our organs to where we no longer function like the “normal” human being we once were. Everything changes, we are stiff, we are in pain, our balance is off, our bodies are polluted, we lose our sense of smell, we get constipated, and we cannot stop thinking…we cannot stop thinking…we cannot stop thinking…we have to solve this problem…we are in adrenaline mode. If we want to recover, we have to turn turn it off!
Approximately a year-and-a-half ago I wrote about this, but it is so important, here it is again:
“Adrenaline — you are walking through the jungle and a lion jumps out and starts chasing you. When your survival mode adrenaline kicks in and you start running, other things are required of your body. Your stomach gets the message from the brain that says, ‘eating is of minor importance right now so do not send me hunger pangs.’ The bladder and the large intestine get the message from the brain that says, ‘no time to evacuate, so I need you to shut down temporarily.’ The body gets the message from the brain that says, ‘you are being pushed to your physical limits, but I do not want to hear about your pain — shut it off.’ The heart gets the message from the brain that says, ‘no time for joyful emotions, so do not release dopamine, just store it for later.’
What I have had to come to terms with over these last couple of weeks is that I ran from the lion for ten consecutive years and he only stopped chasing me on a rare occasion or two for very brief moments. Shortly after the lion stopped chasing me, my tremors began and my Parkinson’s symptoms became apparent and debilitating. My home life, Sally and the children, was, and is, loving and supportive. However, external factors resulted in ten years of stress filled with fear, anger, frustration and resentment.
Although the stress and those emotions have been put to the side, my subconscious brain still has me functioning in adrenaline mode. After ten years of functioning in this emotional survival mode, my physical body and organs have forgotten how to be normal. I need to get out of adrenaline mode and re-train my organs and body. I have been hesitant to write about this because, from a conventional mind-set, this theory is ‘out there’ and there may be some who read this blog and feel I have lost my mind. To them, all I can say is what Socrates told a young Dan in Dan Millman’s book Way of the Peaceful Warrior, ‘Sometimes you have to lose your mind before you come to your senses.'”
At the time I wrote this, I had been doing my Recipe for Recovery for about eight months. I developed affirmations, meditations and prayers for myself that assisted me in quieting my adrenaline mode and opening my heart and my body for the flow of dopamine. I have posted in the past my general Adrenaline/Dopamine affirmations, meditations and prayers so you would be able to have a sense of what they were about.
However, there are private affirmations, meditations and prayers that I have not posted because they were personalized to the exact situations that had occurred, and were occurring in my life. One of the things I do for the people I am coaching is to develop affirmations, meditations and prayers specifically for the exact situations that have occurred, and are occurring, in their lives. This takes an open line of regular communication so we can explore and uproot all potential blockages to recovery, and it is working for them like it worked for me.
No matter how you view your Parkinson’s, the mind being in adrenaline mode is interfering with your recovery. If you do not believe this, ask yourself how many hours a week do you spend researching Parkinson’s? How many Google alerts are you signed up for? How many web sites do you go to looking for a better way to fight your Parkinson’s? How much time do you think about how you want to address the disease? How do these hours compare to how much time you are spending actually taking physical action and doing something about your Parkinson’s recovery?
At the risk of making you think just one more time, think about this: While your mind was in adrenaline mode leading to your body getting out of kilter, did you ever quiet your mind long enough to listen to your body? Me neither. Don’t you think it is time to quiet your mind and start listening to your body and healing your body. If you do not know how to do this on your own, I have been helping others and I can help you. Take a look at my Parkinson’s Coaching. Aren’t you worth it?
All my best,