As you know, on Saturday, December 6, 2014, I continued taking my Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® on the road. The venue was a return visit to the place of my first workshop two years ago, Seattle, WA. The day was filled with recovery! Imagine: 22 of us, some with Parkinson’s, some of their spouses and partners, one of their daughters, a couple of health practitioners, some from Washington, some from Oregon, and some from California, all in one place with one purpose…Parkinson’s recovery!
Some of the people in attendance already knew each other; most did not. However, there was a buzz that resonated through the Seattle Creative Arts Center because nobody in the room felt alone anymore on this journey. There we were, fully vulnerable, opening our hearts and souls to each other. You could feel the common thread of recovery being sewn throughout as we talked, and laughed, and cried, and did the Recipe exercises together.
If you were to look back at the picture from the Seattle workshop from two years ago, you would notice that there are a couple of repeat faces. That alone is a testimonial to the success of the Recipe for those people who are doing it. Two people in that picture came for a return visit, a refresher if your will, and neither has taken any Parkinson’s medications.
Mostly everybody was there at the end of the workshop (some had other commitments and had to leave). Here is a group picture (you can click the pictures for larger view):
The Seattle group was a group of people not afraid of their Parkinson’s. The Seattle group inspired me. They were people filled with courage and hope and faith and gratitude and love and compassion. Look at their faces…this is a picture taken after a 7-hour workshop. Everybody was refreshed and energized in their recovery!
The Seattle workshop was recovery…absolutely an atmosphere of friendship and recovery. Everybody in the room felt safe to be who they were, Parkinson’s and all…it did not matter…we all were connected.
I hope all of you can take some inspiration from this group and keep working on the Recipe on your path to recovery.
At the end of Saturday, everybody at the Seattle workshop had hope, real, genuine hope, that Parkinson’s recovery is attainable…and every one of them left the workshop armed with the tools to stay on their path toward recovery with the Recipe and with the firm conviction to not leave that path until they are fully recovered. They know they are worth it!
And, as we were wrapping up, some of the people who already had been doing the Recipe suddenly started encouraging the others by explaining how the Recipe was helping them. Then, a young woman who had sat quietly all day, having accompanied her mother to the workshop, announced to us that her mother had started doing the Recipe and that she had gotten her mother back. There was not a dry eye in the room. Clearly, it had been an amazing day of recovery, and there was nothing left to say.
You are worth it, too!
All my best,