In life, there are opportunities to make choices. You can decide what to wear, where to go, what movie to watch, what food to eat…and, what will be your emotional reactions to life. Since you have these choices, why not choose wisely and make healthy choices.
Yesterday morning as I was beginning my day, the person from my first coaching Skype sent me an email about things to discuss on the Skype. At the end, she wrote this: “As you know, all the darker feelings have gotten in the way of being able to bring forth the higher vibrations like joy and happiness and compassion – Can I now begin to focus also on these good feelings – like imagining myself well and happy and at peace while still purging the negative emotions?”
My response was this: “Yes, you have suggested a wonderful topic for our Skype. I feel that it is important to increase the positive emotions as a way to help purge the negative emotions. So, you are spot on.”
As we were discussing this topic, here is the analogy that popped up. Suppose you have spent your entire life eating nothing but unhealthy food. Inside your body, you would be very unhealthy. I would imagine that a long water-only fast would purge the unhealthy food from your system, but it would come as a shock to the body and you probably would not stick with it.
You see, we are creatures of habit, so as soon as the water-only fast would become intolerable, most people would go back to eating the unhealthy food to reach their familiar “state of being.” However, there is another, healthier, wiser choice.
Start replacing the unhealthy food with healthy food. This is a slow, but steady process, and if all you are eating is healthy food, then eventually, all of the unhealthy food and toxicity will exit and be purged from your body. Your new habit and familiar state of being with be healthy choices and healthy eating…and a healthier you!
Okay, same thing with your emotions.
If every time something happens you do not like, you find yourself filled with anger and frustration…take a step back and realize that you can make a different choice. When the anger and frustration surface, make a healthier choice: acceptance. “Okay, instead of getting angry, I will accept that what just happened actually did happen, and I will deal with it.”
If every time your symptoms change, you find yourself filled with worry and fear…take a step back and realize that you can make a different choice. When worry and fear surface, make a healthier choice: hope and faith. “Okay, instead of being afraid, I will have faith that my changing symptoms means that the electricity in my body is changing for my healing and recovery, and therefore the changing symptoms are necessary for my recovery.”
If every time you think about something you used to do that you can no longer do, you find yourself filled with sadness and grief…take a step back and realize that you can make a different choice. When sadness and grief surface, make a healthier choice: gratitude and compassion. “Okay, instead of wallowing in sadness and grief, I will be compassionate with myself and my situation and give gratitude for having had the opportunity in my life to do the things that currently I find myself unable to do.”
If every time you think about your life in the past, you find yourself filled with self-judgment and self-criticism…take a step back and realize that you can make a different choice. When self-judgment and self-criticism surface, make a healthier choice: love and joy. “Okay, instead of criticizing myself and my choices from the past, I now realize that they are over and cannot be changed. Instead, I choose to find love for myself and joy in my heart, and I grow the love and joy inside me by sharing love and joy with myself and others.”
In a life filled with choices, choose wisely for your life and your Parkinson’s recovery…choose to make healthier choices.
You can do this.
You are worth it!!!
All my best,