Okay. So, your glass is half full on its way to overflowing with abundant joy. So, you are practicing hopscotch as part of your recovery instead of waiting for your full recovery to consider it. So, after a week of playing the Positive Thinking Only game, what do I have to offer??? More of the same…KEEP PLAYING!
What? How can I ask you to keep being positive in your life and your recovery? This is unheard of…it is completely contrary to human nature. In response, I ask you a very simple question: Weren’t you doing everything according to what was the customarily accepted and expected “human nature” when you got Parkinson’s? Thought so.
That being the case, it is unreasonable to expect that the accepted and expected negative thinking of “human nature” will help you get better. As all of you know, it gets you worse.
Why? Because you never leave your mind. It is that adrenaline-driven mind that jumped on the fear train and took you full throttle to Parkinsonsville. Stay in that adrenaline-driven, human nature, negative thinking, fearful mind, and you can get comfortable in Parkinsonsville because you will not be leaving.
However, there is another choice.
Jump on the heart-felt, dopamine-producing tortoise trolley to Recoveryville. This is a ride where you defy logic and human nature by seeing and experiencing the world through your heart. It was what you were not doing when you got Parkinson’s, and that is why it works. It brings you back into balance.
So, let’s keep playing the game. Here’s some help:
Make it an outrageously joyful Positive Thinking Only game for yourself. I will provide you some examples of what I mean, and you all are bright enough to run, or shuffle, with it from there:
1. Pain. If I had pain in an area where I previously felt nothing, instead of being angry about the pain or fearful of what it might mean (i.e. Parkinson’s getting worse — isn’t that what every change in your symptoms you do not like ultimately adds up to in your mind?), I would say something like, “This is great! Pain means that the electricity is flowing from my brain to the part of my body that hurts or I would not be experiencing pain. This must mean all that stuff in my brain that the doctors say is dead is not really dead.” Defy logic and human nature and see the world through your heart.
2. Stiffness, fatigue, and slowness. “My body is using my available energy to open blockages, so it is making me more stiff and fatigued and slower than usual. It will improve when the blockages are opened. This is great!” Defy logic and human nature and see the world through your heart.
3. Increased tremors. “Wonderful. Tremors are created when electricity hits blockages or escapes from the protective neural covering. Increased tremors means I am creating more energy in my low-energy brain, so I shake more. This is great!” Defy logic and human nature and see the world through your heart.
Defy logic and human nature and see the world through your heart. This is how to bring yourself back into balance.
I started playing this game during my recovery, and I am still playing it today, nearly 5 years since being cured from Parkinson’s. I greet the morning each day with gratitude for being alive. I accept all that is happening in front of me with a compassionate smile and an “okay.” Okay simply means that I am living in the moment and acknowledging what is happening in reality in the moment with acceptance and no judgment. And then I act. I do not react emotionally based upon past or future judgments. I came to realize that the only thing actually happening in my life in the moment is whatever is going on right now…and I embrace it from my heart. Why not? It is my life, one for which I am overwhelmingly grateful.
Defy logic and human nature and see the world through your heart.
Why not? It is your life.
Okay! So who is continuing to play the game by jumping on the heart-felt, dopamine-producing tortoise trolley to Recoveryville? As you know, the tortoise trolley moves very slowly, so nobody will be left behind. Let’s enjoy this journey called life together, with open hearts, joyfulness, and compassion…and recovery!
You are worth it!!!
All my best,