Today is 3 and 1/2 years since my gift, my ultimate blessing, my cure from Parkinson’s. It feels like yesterday. Last night when Sally and I were walking our dog, I mentioned to her that today was a milestone day and that I would be writing a post. She asked me what I was going to write about and I told her that I had no idea.
When I write posts, generally I feel the urge, sit down, type, proof for typos, and out it goes. Very little planning goes into the process. I learned in my Parkinson’s recovery to trust what I feel and go with it. So, after I type a post, I only proofread for typos, not content. Proofreading the content would be bringing my mind into the process, whereas typing from a feeling and sending it out comes from my heart, the place from where I learned to look at life.
So, here I sit. I will be back in a moment. I am going to get a glass of water…maybe something will come to me as I head to the kitchen.
Okay, I am back. That didn’t take too long. There must be something in the water because the feeling hit me — gratitude, celebration, and love.
Gratitude. I am grateful for being alive. This gratitude began when I had Parkinson’s. I realized in my recovery that as I was shedding the old-me and blossoming into the new-me-original-essence-of-me, I felt so alive that I gave daily gratitude for being alive and having my soul in a human body, even one with Parkinson’s. I realized that the Parkinson’s was the impetus to force me to bring my life back into balance, and I was grateful for the opportunity to be liberated…liberated in my life and in my cure from Parkinson’s. I still give daily gratitude for being alive and for my soul being in a human body.
Celebration. When I had Parkinson’s, each evening Sally walked our dog and I stayed home and did my evening part of the Recipe. I did not go on the walk because physically I could not take that walk. While I was getting my water a little while ago, it occurred to me each evening when I walk the dog with Sally, it is a celebration of being cured from Parkinson’s. This is the first time I ever have thought of it that way…apparently, a 3-and-1/2-years lesson in the making…day by day, walk by walk…yes, sometimes I am a little slow in learning my lessons, too.
Love. To reach my cure, I had to learn to love myself. Loving myself gave me the ability to feel worthy as human being, which gave me the ability to feel worthy of my cure. And, it gave me the ability to view the world through my heart, with love and compassion.
I feel your suffering, and I extend my love and compassion to all of you. Also, I celebrate your courage, your fortitude, your perseverance…as you forge ahead toward your cure, celebrate yourselves. You are worthy of the celebration!
My day of being cured is in the past. All of you who still have Parkinson’s are what matters in the moment, so let’s get down to business and let’s get you cured…ALL OF YOU! How about it? Don’t you agree it is time!!!
Okay! Grab onto the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® and do it every day until you reach your cure. Do the Recipe because you know it is the right thing to do.
If all you are thinking about is “when will I be cured,” then you are in your mind and in the future. The future is an illusion in your mind about something that does not exist in the moment and that may never come into existence. Come back to the present and do the Recipe in the moment, and live your life. Your life is what is happening in the moment in your heart…live your life to the fullest instead of living your Parkinson’s symptoms. You are so much more than your symptoms!
In celebration of life and the fact that Parkinson’s is curable, please join me so everybody can hear us chant around the world:
“Parkinson’s is curable.
I am my own Parkinson’s cure.
I am halting, slowing, and reversing the progression of my Parkinson’s.
I am extraordinary.
I am recovery.
I am doing great.
I will now look at whatever my symptoms are doing and fearlessly say, ‘Okay. Apparently, this is necessary for my Parkinson’s cure!’
I AM WORTH IT!!!”
All my best,
“Parkinson’s is curable.
I am my own Parkinson’s cure.
I am halting, slowing, and reversing the progression of my Parkinson’s.”
yep . . .
I know in my heart that one day I, too will celebrate my cure as well. I pray daily for the patience to carry me through! It seems as though every day brings new challenges, new hurdles to jump over, but your encouragement keeps me going and hoping for better days ahead! Thank you Howard for your never ending support! I too look forward to being able to walk the dog again! Much love to all! Melanie
Thank you thank you thank you Howard. From my dog too
Every day sweeter, every moment savored, the trip as precious as the destination
Love, gratitude, celebration!….never wiser words, dear Howard
Thank you for being you!
Thanks Howard for your insight! Last week I had my ‘grateful for parkinson’s’ moment. I had an epiphany while riding that I’m confident I would not have had if not for parkinson’s. It hasn’t been easy but the challenge of riding with PD has created an amazingly stronger bond with my horse. I know I am another step closer to balance and the new me!
Grateful as always to you for bringing this community together!
Parkinson’s is curable.
I was my own Parkinson’s cure.
I slowed, halted and reversed the progression of my Parkinson’s.
I am extraordinary!
Congratulations, Howard ! And thank you for the reminder.
today I meet each moment in celebration, with gratitude and love.
You all are such an inspiration to me. Sometimes I feel very alone…then I read your comments, and Howard’s, and I don’t feel so alone anymore.
Congratulations! And thank-you! To Howard and all.
Thank you Howard and everyone for the inspiring comments. I too am learning about myself,love, living. Since pk I feel I know myself and love myself a lot more. I am a work in progress. Thank you Howard for the reminder of being in the now. It is so important. I am thinking back less and with more compassion and gratitude. I choose to embrace the now more and more. I see how much I have often been in past thoughts or future. My dog often teaches me about now… Love n regards Helen
“I am a work in progress” well said! I’ll have to borrow that one…
As I sit here reading all the comments about Howard’s message today I am nodding my head in agreement. Thank you all for expressing my thoughts as well, it is so reaffirming that we are all on our journeys together, supporting each other. Love to all of you, Marilyn
I am so grateful to be a part of this wonderful community!
Thank you Howard.
This morning in bed I was thinking how much I wanted to thank you for a year-ful of inspiration and encouragement from you. It makes the whole difference to my life, wellness, work and to all my friends and family since you deepen my understanding and open windows in my mind to allow wisdom and faith in. Thank you.
This post blew my mind away.
You said you write “from a feeling and sending it out comes from my heart, the place from where I learned to look at life.” I felt Ohh! and Ahh! and O, how very much I would like to trust my heart and look at life from there too. Feels like a long way to go, from super-rational mind to heart-trusting; a journey filled with (imagined) jungle-dangers but feels like you’ve cut us a wide path, even looks like a ‘travelator’, and all we need do is jump on board and hang in there and have faith that the heart leads to joy and that we don’t need to check and double-check for imagined savaging jungle beasts a hundred times a second.
Then you talk about “shedding the old-me and blossoming into the new-me-original-essence-of-me”. Here I make a Big Prayer to that Great Spirit to bless me into that blossoming too. I too want to feel “so alive that I gave daily gratitude for … having my soul in a human body”. It would be so wonderful.
Finally you talk about loving yourself. Can I even imagine it? Am taking three-week break on Saturday and going to the sea. Will dedicate the break to loving myself. Ooh! Feels like a stretch. A very big stretch. Will practise ‘Am I feeling my heart right now?’ and ‘Am I coming from my heart?’ and ‘Am I loving myself?’. [Oof! Better print these off and take them with me. And read them three times (at least) a day.] These are a very long way away from conditioned, automatic beliefs. A long stretch. What a very exciting adventure. Thank you for the inspiration. Yet again! (Seems you have allowed good questions to blossom. Feel enormous window has been blown open in dark cocoon of habitual ignorance. Already! Have to admit feeling excited. Thank you.)
Thank you Howard for great blessings and wisdom. May you and Sally be blessed. May we all be blessed. With love to us all, Jane
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