Fighting Parkinson’s, and moving like the tortoise

There are things we can learn from the tortoise every day. Please remember, when you proceed like the tortoise, 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 are working on your 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.

Here’s a new look at acceptance of these matters:
“Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to be walking slower, because if I wasn’t supposed to be walking slower, I would not be walking slower.”
“Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to be tremoring more, because if I wasn’t supposed to be tremoring more, I would not be tremoring more.”
“Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to have a headache, because if I wasn’t supposed to have a headache, I would not have one.”

The power of “Okay. Apparently…” is representative of true acceptance of what the Universe is offering, and it defeats anger and frustration and resentment and fear. Instead of looking at something and getting upset, just say, “Okay. Apparently, that was supposed to happen” or “Okay. Apparently, I wasn’t supposed to be doing that….” I think you get the picture. The more unpleasant things that occur that you can look at and say, “Okay. Apparently…” the more calm you will be and less angry and fearful you will be as you continue your recovery.

And, the one thing you need to keep constant in your recovery is the Recipe for Recovery.

That way your 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.” Failure to accept what is occurring with your recovery causes problems down the road. 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 recovery!
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 recovery!
I have faith in my recovery. Plus, I am taking action to make by body healthier by eating better. I am recovery!
I have faith in my recovery. Plus, I am taking action to balance my internal energy by doing Jin Shin Jyutsu. I am recovery!
I have faith in my recovery. Plus, I am taking action to calm my mind by meditating. I am recovery!
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 recovery!

The hare views “recovery” as winning the race, only…symptom-free recovery. He fails to understand that, in and of itself, recovery is participating in the race. So when the hare gets off the path toward what he sees as recovery, the destination only, he never finds his way back to the path and he never wins the race.

The tortoise is recovery. 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.

How about taking a lesson form the tortoise and grabbing onto the Recipe for Recovery, and adding in some faith and action and acceptance! How about being recovery!

You are worth it!!!

All my best,



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7 Responses to Fighting Parkinson’s, and moving like the tortoise

  1. Angela DiNardo says:

    In a timely fashion this is received…

  2. Dipti says:

    It seems I am supposed to be a tortoise so I can do all the things I have always wanted to do and never did because I was too busy trying to make more money. Now money has become a moot point. I am in the condition I am because I did not stop to listen to my body despite the 5 warnings it gave me. Now I have to do what my body wants me to do and its okay. I am beginning to better understand the needs of my body and once I start giving my body what it needs I will be back on track. In any case tortoises always win the race and so will I. Thank you Bhai once again. Good luck to everyone. Keep your faith and stay persistent. Big hugs and love to all.

    • Penny Wassman says:

      And thank you, Dipti, for your wise comments.

      I have not so much been busy trying to make money (although money has played a more active part in my life than I have enjoyed), but I have been far too busy my entire life trying to please others, often to my own detriment… also to the detriment of others because my busy mind and the various ensuing actions I chose didn’t always please them. Now as I remind myself to see through the eyes of the tortiose, and to touch and explore life through its careful and grateful sensing, I am enjoying life more….and I think I’m contributing more to life around me. So I’m learning…. rather slowly I think… and that’s okay….

  3. Helen Gill says:

    Hi everyone.. thank you Howard I will remember slow and steady and action. Thank you for your wise words. Love Helen

  4. Anne says:

    The Recipe for Recovery represents the most exciting healing journey of my life! I don’t want to miss one minute of this process…slow and steady is the only way to go! I had a small triumph over the weekend: in a silly mood I picked up my daughter’s hula hoop to show my baby grandson how it’s used. I actually haven’t been able to hula hoop for several years now, and didn’t expect to have any success this time. Lo and behold, I was a hula-hooping fool! I kept it going for a long time. I was laughing and crying at the same time!

    • Marie says:

      Congratulations, Anne!!
      Savouring the small achievements along the slow and study path is the way I made it to recovery. Like you, I found the Recipe for Recovey to be an exciting healing journey. Even though I recovered fully, the things I learned are part of my daily life today. still meditating and doing Qigong, happily. And most of all, taking the time to really feel the precious moments like the one you describe, when you can hoola hoop again! Good for you!!!!! Best wishes on your slow and steady journey.

  5. Laurie Diaz says:

    Dear all,
    In this Parkinson fight I mostly feel like part of a rag-tag army that’s been in the trenches far too long. Thank you all for your words of encouragement. Just knowing you’re out there is good, good, good. Feeling better or even feeling ‘passeble’ seems mostly related to how good was my sleep. But sleeep or no sleep the fight is ON and the flag is still flyin’! Laurie

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