Fighting Parkinson’s, and learning from the tortoise

In our push-button-everything-in-an-instant world, we need a reminder that we did not get Parkinson’s in an instant, and it will not go away in an instant. I have stated before that Parkinson’s recovery is a race won by the tortoise, not the hare, but we need to examine this a little further.

When we think of the race between the tortoise and the hare, two things come to mind: (1) the tortoise is slow and steady, never leaves the path, and often looks like he is going nowhere at all…he is without many results for a while; and (2) the hare takes off like a shot, gets fantastic results right away, and as a result, he becomes complacent and leaves the path. In the end, the tortoise, with his strong conviction and faith that he was on the correct path, finishes the race and wins.

This is why we have to have faith we are on the correct path, take slow and steady action, and repeat, “I have the power to heal myself.”

If it was easy to recover from Parkinson’s, none of us would be on this blog having our dialog. If it was easy to recover from Parkinson’s, it would not be considered an incurable disease. If it was easy to recover from Parkinson’s, we probably would see such wonderful results after a couple of weeks and be so happy to be mostly recovered from the disease in a short amount of time, that maybe we would become complacent like the hare and never finish the race to full recovery. However, recovery from Parkinson’s is not easy.

So, back to the tortoise. The tortoise believed in himself against overwhelming odds. In a moment of clarity, he knew his path, and he knew in his heart of hearts and soul of souls that he would win the race. He did not stray from the path and he proceeded in the way a tortoise can…slow and steady…and he won. I would imagine that the spectators laughed at him and told him he was out of his mind to think he could win the race. He had to exhibit courage and internal strength to not only compete and win the race, but to ignore the naysayers hovering around his path spouting out their negativity.

Another lesson we can learn from the tortoise is meditating and looking inside ourselves. When the tortoise senses danger, what does he do? He pulls in 6 things: his head, his tail, and all four legs, and his shell provides protection. When we sense danger (Parkinson’s giving us tremors or pain or slowness or fear), we should meditate, which helps us pull in 6 things, our five senses and our chattering mind, and we form a calming shell of protection against our Parkinson’s.

In this fight against Parkinson’s, we all learn from each other. Today, let’s learn from the tortoise.

Aren’t you worth it?

All my best,


Please Note: On a previous post, “Fighting Parkinson’s, and it’s time to heal the world,” I explained what we are doing moving toward a clinical study of the Recipe for Recovery. I have received an outstanding response from people pledging to send their neurological records, and I already have received neurological records from people in 6 different countries. Yes, we do have the power to heal the world, and I am grateful for all of you.


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5 Responses to Fighting Parkinson’s, and learning from the tortoise

  1. I’m so appreciating your reminders, Howard…I know in my heart that meditation is a key part of reducing the mind stuff that often locks me into adrenaline mode…will commit to stepping up meditation, bit by bit, with a tortoise heart, every day….

    with gratitude


  2. Teri Rye says:

    I am a tortoise-slow and steady! I won’t give up! Thanks for the inspiration today!

  3. Howard says:

    Hi Penny and Teri,

    You are welcome. And, thank you both for the slow and steady manner you have been proceeding in your recoveries and for sharing your journeys, which inspires all of us. Please remember, when you proceed slow and steady, you tend to see many beautiful things in life that you used to just walk passed without noticing. And the joy you feel in living opens your heart and your dopamine as you move toward recovery.


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  5. ellie says:

    Howard,you have great imagination and creativity. Thank you

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