In response to a couple of comments on my last post, “Fighting Parkinson’s, and learning from the tortoise,” I wrote, “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.” It occurred to me that when we are moving like the tortoise, slowly and steadily, we also have more time to notice all of the subtle unpleasant changes that are happening to our bodies. How do we put fear to the side and deal with those changes?
Faith that we are recovering. And action…doing positive things toward our recovery. That is how we put fear aside and deal with those changes.
One of the greatest difficulties in this recovery is not being concerned about the subtle, and not so subtle, changes that occur day-to-day. Since the Parkinson’s body has limited energy, we have to trust it to know where we need the healing the most. Some days that means we walk a little slower, some days it means we tremor more, some days it means we have a headache. The one thing we need to keep constant is the Recipe.
That way the body can say, “Okay, I know you are doing these things, and I know you are generating this energy, thank you, now I can start fixing this mess.” When people change what they are doing to meet up with the day-to-day healing nuances when they really do not know what is occurring on the inside, then they undo the benefits the body has achieved thus far. Faith, plus action, is key to this philosophy.
And with the Recipe for Recovery, faith plus action looks like this:
I have faith in my recovery. Plus, I am taking action to heal my organs by doing the Qigong exercises. I am recovering!
I have faith in my recovery. Plus, I am taking action to generate more brain activity and energy by doing the Brain Vibration Chanting. I am recovering!
I have faith in my recovery. Plus, I am taking action to make by body healthier by eating better. I am recovering!
I have faith in my recovery. Plus, I am taking action to balance my internal energy by doing Jin Shin Jyutsu. I am recovering!
I have faith in my recovery. Plus, I am taking action to calm my mind by meditating. I am recovering!
I have faith in my recovery. Plus, I am taking action to connect my Inner Divine to my Higher Power by praying, opening my heart, feeling love and joy and laughter and gratitude, and by keeping the faith that I am safe and secure. I am recovering!
The hare views “recovery” as winning the race, only…symptom-free recovery. So when the hare gets off the path toward recovery, he never finds his way back to the path and he never wins the race.
The tortoise views recovery as each small advance toward the symptom-free recovery at the finish line. However, the tortoise, by its very nature, has to move slowly and steadily, and the tortoise cannot worry too much about the bumps in the road. Instead the tortoise knows that every step toward the finish line is recovery, in and of itself, and the tortoise sees love and joy and laughter and gratitude and fulfillment on the entire journey.
Oh, yes, and then the tortoise wins the race. There is so much we can 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.