I talk about acceptance a lot. Acceptance is necessary for Parkinson’s recovery — acceptance that you have Parkinson’s Disease; acceptance that you can fully recover; acceptance you may feel worse along the way, but that it means you are getting better; acceptance that the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery™ works; and acceptance that you have the fortitude to see your recovery through to full recovery. Today, I want to discuss taking acceptance to a deeper level.
When things do not go the way we want them to, people tend to become angry, frustrated, worried, anxious, stressed, and fearful. This happens to people when something occurs in their recovery that they do not like: a new pain; a new stiffness; freezing; slowness; fatigue; tremors. An increase in any of these can cause a person who was heading down a great recovery path to become consumed with mental chatter filled with negative emotions. How do you defeat this?
Acceptance. However, this is not your garden variety acceptance or your “okay” attitude. This is acceptance at its deepest level for Parkinson’s recovery. It is the acceptance that looks at something you do not like happening in your physical being and says, “Apparently, this is necessary for my Parkinson’s recovery.” That’s right, whatever it is, it is necessary for your Parkinson’s recovery, and this deeper level of acceptance puts faith in full throttle and throws fear out the window.
If you are doing the Recipe, then everything you are doing puts you in a perpetual state of recovery. Hence, “I AM RECOVERY!” Just because you do not understand why something physically unpleasant is occurring, does not mean something bad is happening. It merely means you do not understand why it is happening. Surrender your need to know every nuance of what is occurring inside your body as you are recovering and have faith in what you are doing in furtherance of your recovery…then this deeper level of acceptance flows…”I do not know exactly why I am a little stiffer today, but apparently it is necessary for my Parkinson’s recovery.”
When the cancer patient is going through radiation and chemotherapy with all of the misery those procedures dole out on a person, at some point, I would imagine that the person says, “I know I am feeling terrible today, but this is necessary for my cancer recovery.”
Look inside yourself and have faith in the Recipe and in your recovery. Then, no matter what you face, let go of the usual negative emotions and fear that come to the surface. They only feed the Parkinson’s. Instead, look at the situation and say, “Apparently, this is necessary for my Parkinson’s recovery.” And smile.
You are worth it!
All my best,