Here we are, half way into my 30-day, November to Remember, No Excuses November, challenge to get started on the Recipe for Recovery. As I am certain you know by now, Marie recovered from PD doing the Recipe the Recovery, so her “excuse” for not accepting my challenge is an excellent excuse. Good for you, Marie. As for everybody else, those who have accepted and those who have not, keeping your faith strong is an essential ingredient in the Recipe.
I have said in the past that faith without action is meaningless for Parkinson’s recovery. To provide you an example of this, here is an excerpt from my personal Parkinson’s Daily Journal two years ago today, when I had been doing the Recipe for Recovery about two months:
“11/15/09. Up at 4. Very slow. Think it was from cutting grass yesterday. Got to kitchen at 4:14. I believe that is my new world record for slowness…I had a hard day today. Very slow, lots of pain, very dizzy. I am going to blame it on cutting the grass yesterday and see how I feel tomorrow.”
What do you think made me get up the next day and do the Recipe for Recovery? Faith! I had faith in myself, my Higher Power, and my Recipe for Recovery. My mantra was, “I have the power to heal myself.” But I also knew that faith was not enough…I had to take action to move my recovery forward. It was the understanding that faith without action is meaningless for Parkinson’s recovery that got me out of bed every day to take action against Parkinson’s.
Think about it. I had cut the grass many times in the past and it never had resulted in extreme slowness with the addition of pain and dizziness. However, early on I knew I needed to just accept what Parkinson’s had to dish out and keep the faith. It is why I chose to blame my slowness, pain and dizziness on cutting the grass instead of on Parkinson’s. I was doing the best I could to live my life instead of living my Parkinson’s.
Most of the time we view progress as always moving forward. I do not see it that way with Parkinson’s. To me, progress with Parkinson’s recovery includes not moving backwards. This is a progressively degenerative disease by definition. If you can stop Parkinson’s from progressing, then it is not moving forward and making progress against you, so you must be making progress against it. Keep your faith strong.
It is all in our attitudes and our faith. Look at my 30-day challenge — every time you do some Qigong or meditation or eat better food, you are making progress. Instead of looking at your external symptoms day-by-day to determine whether you are making progress, look inside yourself and feel the healing. If we have the right attitude and faith, then we know that every step we take to fight Parkinson’s is progress whether we feel something good at the moment or not.
So, look inside yourself, find that spark of faith you used to have but misplaced somewhere along the way, and grab onto it, light it up, and say, “I have the power to heal myself.” Please remember to hold onto that spark of faith strongly…you will need it to fight your Parkinson’s on the bumpy road ahead. And while you are holding tightly to your spark of faith, take action against your Parkinson’s and defeat it! Aren’t you worth it?
All my best,