As you know, on Saturday, June 29, 2013, I had my seventh workshop in taking my Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery™ on the road. This sixth venue of 2013 was Santa Fe, NM, and the day was absolutely magical! Imagine: 12 of us, some with Parkinson’s, some of their spouses and partners and friends, and Marie (who fully recovered from Parkinson’s), all in one place with one purpose…Parkinson’s recovery.
The room was alive with Parkinson’s recovery. It was magical. We shared stories and ideas, and Marie was able to reiterate the important points of her recovery…she explained her commitment to herself, her health, and the Recipe. For those of you new to the blog or unfamiliar with Marie, she fully recovered from Parkinson’s in November of 2011. Click here to read more about her recovery.
At the end of the day, there was a sense about the room that we had become our own support group.
We did not have somebody outside of the workshop to take a picture. I am presenting two pictures so everybody, including the picture-taker of each picture, can be shown here (Marie is next to me on the far right).
The Santa Fe group was a group of people not afraid of their Parkinson’s. They inspired me. They were people filled with courage and hope and faith and spirituality and gratitude and love and compassion. And, now, they knew they were not alone.
The following day, I went to spend the afternoon with Marie and her partner, a wonderful gentleman. She made a delicious lunch, and the three of us chatted for three hours without leaving the kitchen table. It was like being with two old friends, the three of us just talking about life. There was a lot of love in Marie’s kitchen on Sunday, and I promised to bring Sally with me the next time so the four of us can be together.
Although Marie first contacted me in January of 2011, Saturday, June 29, 2013, two and one-half years later, was the first time we met in person. For me, it was the beginning of the magic of Saturday’s workshop (she came an hour early and help me set up). To be in the presence of one of the two other people who fully recovered using the Recipe truly was magical.
Here is a picture of Marie and me in one of her gardens from our Sunday visit:
Before I left, Marie shared with me something she had been told in a seminar many years ago. The instructor explained that fear is a prayer. If you live in fear, it is like praying for everything you fear to come true. I thought “how powerful is that!” Then, with some hugs and love and smiles, we said, “see you again soon.”
It was quite a weekend for me.
The people at the Santa Fe workshop finished the day believing in their Parkinson’s recovery. They felt it, and then they knew it. Please take inspiration from this group and feel it, then know it…and then be it!
You are worth it!
All my best,
NOTE: My next workshop will be in Boston on July 27, 2013. I will post the location details by the end of the week.
How inspiring for all of us, the heartwarming smile on both yours and Marie’s face says it all.I also found Santa Fe to be a magical, deeply spiritual place in February, aside from the Parkinsons Recovery Summit. Marilyn
Congratulations, Howard and Marie and all you Santa Fe folks committed to the recovery journey…. you all offer inspiration and welcome companionship…I so enjoyed seeing the pics…..thank you!
I agree with Howard. The workshop was great. Thanks Howard! I was very inspired in meeting Marie and talking to her about her recovery.
How wonderful!!! It feels like each new workshop is inspired and energized by all of
the previous workshops. Thank you for bringing the magic back with you to share with us. The family is growing… look at the beautiful smiles. Congratulations on the magical workshop.
What synergy there must have been with 2 recovered (you and Marie) in the same space! You can see some of it in your smiles. Thanks for all you do and for the easy-to-use web site and blog, making it easy to just click on a high lighted word or two and be led to specific support tools. I especially liked the 30-day challenge info, with its “at a minimum” lists, high lighted in Marie’s recovery statement.
congratulations howard and all the attendees of the workshop
your work is so inspiring.
thank you so much.
Bless you all
Wonderful to see and hear about the great meeting in Santa Fe. Moreover to see two fully recovered people together with a smile that says it all. No words needed. I have decided to print that picture of Marie and you and hang it somewhere for me to see and remind me daily what Parkinson recovery looks like, wow!
Thank you all and both of you in particluar, for sharing. Committed to continue my way..all the way.
beautiful post and lovely people there 🙂
Thank you very much for this post!
A big hug!
Laura & Luca
DRAGA HOWARD,pe data de 14 noiembrie 2011 am postat un comentariu ,te rog cand ai timp sa-l citesti.IMBRATISARI CALDE PENTRU TOTI LEO
DEAR HOWARD, on 14 November 2011, I posted a comment, please when you have time to read it. WARM HUGS FOR ALL LEO
Here is Leo’s comment from November 14, 2011, in response to the news of Marie’s full recovery:
“November 14, 2011 at 2:13 pm
Dear Howard, now I have a beautiful picture in mind. How I drink to Marie my morning coffee, quiet near my loved ones after years of suffering and struggling with a body that I could not control. And you deserve to be there. A smile for you in Romania. Leo”
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