Here we are with 10 days left in my 30-day November to Remember, No Excuses November, challenge. Many of you are running strong and already know you will be continuing with the Recipe for Recovery after the 30 days…good for you! Some of you are struggling (more like shuffling strong rather than running strong), but you are feeling something changing within you and you already know you will be continuing with the Recipe for Recovery after the 30 days…good for you! And then there are the rest of you who still are uncertain if you should give the Recipe for Recovery a try. If you are reading this post then you are still coming to this site and reading the blog and still thinking about the Recipe…good for you, too!
One of the things that is important to remember with Parkinson’s recovery and the Recipe for Recovery is that recovery comes in many forms and some of them are new and unusual to us. One person wrote to me that he accepted my challenge and started doing the Recipe and he did not feel so well after going through the Qigong. I explained to him that some people get an immediate good response, but that he was like me, and got an initial uneasy feeling. Here is my explanation:
“What you are experiencing is the Qigong breaking up toxins and releasing the “poison” into your body…it is why you feel worse. The first time I did Medical Qigong for Liver, after four sets, I broke out in a full-body sweat, which caused me to get dizzy, lose my complete equilibrium, and ultimately forced me to lay on the floor in a puddle of sweat until I could balance myself out a little. I knew immediately that it was the correct exercise. That’s one of the advantages I had in years of studying holistic remedies and doing Qigong. My violent reaction meant there were terrible blockages in the liver meridian and that I had released so many harmful toxins into my body that the only way to get them out on an emergency basis was to have a complete, full-body sweat. Maybe if you read this post, it will help you understand better, https://www.fightingparkinsonsdrugfree.com/2011/03/25/fighting-parkinsons-and-cleaning-the-pool/.”
Think about this as relates to recovery:
General Parkinson’s prognosis:
1. Body. It will progressively degenerate. There is no way to stop this. There is no cure.
2. Mind. You cannot slow the progression. There is nothing that can be done. There is no cure.
3. Soul. There is no hope. Why put my faith in trying. There is no cure.
My prognosis of Parkinson’s recovery (First, heal the soul, and the mind and the body will follow):
1. Soul. Faith and hope. Repeat, “I have the power to heal myself.” Know that recovery is possible. If I did it and Marie did it, you can do it, too.
2. Mind. Let go of fear. Accept that you have Parkinson’s Disease, but refuse to accept that you cannot recover. Give away fear to your Higher Power and stay focused on recovery.
3. Body. Do the Qigong and heal your body.
Once you decide that you can recover and are taking action against your Parkinson’s, you already are recovering. I know, it doesn’t feel like you are recovering because of your symptoms. So, stop focusing on your symptoms, stop focusing on living your Parkinson’s, and start focusing on living your life, which includes your path toward Parkinson’s recovery. I cannot express this point enough.
What about symptoms? They are just something we have to accept we will have for a while. Something that will be part of our lives for now. Something to remind us to stay on our path so our internal healing can take place. Something that will go away once we are fully healed. That’s all they are…life is so much more than symptoms. Don’t you agree?
So, for those of you still thinking, how about taking action and doing! Aren’t you worth it?
All my best,
I have two comments to share. The first relates to this posting, particularly your advice: “Let go of fear. Accept that you have Parkinson’s Disease, but refuse to accept that you cannot recover. Give away fear to your Higher Power and stay focused on recovery.”
I couldn’t agree more. If I succumb to fear, I become a victim. As a victim, I lose all personal empowerment. I’m frightened, sorry for myself, hopeless – ready for increased deterioration and an early demise.
By refusing to be a victim – by accepting and acknowledging the PD condition (albeit as a temporary presence), and by handing over fear to a higher power, I take charge of my own destiny. I am empowered to make choices that will renew my health, my vitality, my joy in life. I am committed to your recipe and so very grateful for your support.
I am also extremely grateful to Marie, particularly her latest comments (following your Nov. 18 entry). Marie says to us all, “Fully acknowledge yourself and give yourself credit for what you are doing. Love yourself for how truly brave you are and how dedicated you are to healing yourself. Thank yourself for this precious gift you are giving yourself. Sit in that feeling and give your brain a lovely dopamine bath.”
Gosh, Marie, these are such precious words…. I wanted to copy them in case people missed them. Thank you for your wisdom… thank you for sharing…. thank you for your love….
I agree we are all doing such amazing work. We are taking charge of our own destiny. We are making choices that will assist us to recover. We are not victims. We are people determined to live and learn as we celebrate life together. And we contribute to others as we recover. What a team, huh?
I echo Penny’s comments. Especially, “We are people determined to live and learn as we celebrate life together. And we contribute to others as we recover.”
I love the camaraderie of this group. We genuinely care about one another! What a great team, indeed!
I was having a rough day feeling sorry for myself I find it hard to walk far and type. After reading this I feel committed as I was but also inspired that there are others feeling the same and working through it and handing it over to Grace Higher Power Love of self and life and others. Goodnight to you all , Helen
I am so grateful for our inspiring community!
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