Last week, I posted Fighting Parkinson’s, and knowing you will be cured. Today, I want to take a closer look at the sections on being mentally and spiritually out of balance. Most of you know that the rest of the world stares at Parkinson’s symptoms and determines how well or how poorly you are doing based upon what they see in your symptoms. By now, I am hoping that you know how incorrect they are in their assessments. They have never thought with a Parkinson’s mind or felt with a Parkinson’s heart.
To begin, here is an excerpt from my previous post:
Mentally out of balance (not an exhaustive list):
If you think that you need to be perfect in all things, then mentally you are out of balance.
If you think you have to control everything going on in life including, but not limited to, all the other people’s happiness and feelings in general, then mentally you are out of balance.
If you cannot accept something you do not like when it is happening in the moment and you respond to it with the emotions of anger, frustration, resentment, stress, anxiety, worry, and/or fear and you are consumed by those emotions, then mentally you are out of balance.
Spiritually out of balance (not an exhaustive list):
If you love God, but you think that God does not love you, then spiritually you are out of balance.
If pre-Parkinson’s and/or now you did/do things unconditionally for others, but even in your physically debilitated current Parkinson’s body you are unable to fully and open-heartedly accept others unconditionally doing things for you because you do not love yourself or find yourself worthy, then spiritually you are out of balance.
If, instead of being in the present moment of what is going on in your life, you are looking at the past with regret and guilt instead of acceptance, and you are looking at the future with fear instead of faith, then spiritually you are out of balance.
In the past, I have offered many things to assist with mental and spiritual healing, including the two posts that dissect the disease and walk you through the mental and spiritual healing contained in the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®. They are:
Fighting Parkinson’s, and dissecting the disease, part 3 of 4, and
Fighting Parkinson’s, and dissecting the disease, part 4 of 4.
Today, I want to share with you a realization I had about how out of balance I had become, and how I transformed myself back into balance…one was imbalance of the mind, the other was imbalance of the spirit.
Imbalance of the mind. When things occurred in my life that I did not like, I experienced anger, frustration, resentment, stress, anxiety, worry, and fear. These negative emotions had become habitual. And, I held them inside. I did not explode at anybody. Instead I imploded on myself.
Imbalance of the spirit. When things were going well in my life, I was complacent, taking them for granted. Also, since I did not expect them to last, they brought no permanent joy to my heart.
Regaining mental balance. Acceptance. I realized that if I accepted what was going on in my life and my Parkinson’s as necessary, then I could respond to it non-emotionally. If I did not like what it was, I transformed the negative emotions into acceptance and put together a solution to non-emotionally deal with the issue. Click here to read more about this deeper level of acceptance.
Regaining spiritual balance. Gratitude. I realized that my life, being alive, in and of itself, was a precious and rare gift…a true blessing. To be alive and be a human being was something for which I needed to offer gratitude. I gave gratitude every day for being alive, even in a Parkinson’s body, and I gave gratitude for all of the people and things in my life. And, for me, I realized that being alive was not enough…I needed to live…really live. To really live, I realized I was a “human being,” not a “human thinking” — I needed to live life through my heart and just be in the moment, not live through my mind and over-think everything about the past and the future. Click here to read more about a deeper level of gratitude.
Yes, I know, it was your precious, brilliant, Adrenaline-driven, over-thinking mind that made you successful in life. However, by now I am certain that you know that it was your precious, brilliant, Adrenaline-driven, over-thinking mind that helped bring your Parkinson’s symptoms to the diagnosable surface. Holding onto “that” mind and all it brings into your life serves no purpose except to exacerbate your symptoms. Every one of you knows this!
Here is the simplest example: What happens to your symptoms when you experience anger, frustration, resentment, stress, anxiety, worry, or fear? They go off the charts!!! (You are being a “human thinking”). And what happens to your symptoms when you meditate or pray? They calm down!!! (You are just “being” in the moment). There is no denying it. I implore you to get out of your mind and into your heart…and LIVE YOUR LIFE, NOT YOUR PARKINSON’S.
It takes two transformations:
1. Transform negative emotions into acceptance.
2. Transform complacency and taking things for granted into gratitude.
Stop over-thinking the past with guilt and regret.
Stop over-thinking the future with anger, frustration, resentment, stress, anxiety, worry, and fear.
Start feeling life, being in your heart…your heart filling up with joy, happiness, peace, love, forgiveness, compassion, and GRATITUDE.
Speaking of gratitude, I am grateful for all of you. Thank you for listening. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for supporting each other. Thank you for being the beautiful people you are. Thank you for reaching deep inside yourselves and finding that seed to nurture to empower you to do what very few people in this world think you can do…cure yourselves from Parkinson’s. How liberating is that!
Know you will cure yourself. Be in the moment of this knowing. It will change your life and change your Parkinson’s.
You are worth it!!!
All my best,