Fighting Parkinson’s, and 2017…the year of acceptance of your cure!

Happy 2017…wonderful year ahead for all of us! Okay, I already hear the question: How can I “accept” I will be cured? Simple. Do you want to be cured? Then decide that you are going to get what you want, and decide that you will put up with whatever you have to put up with in order to achieve what you want, and accept that you are worthy and deserving of receiving what you want…and do it! Accept that you will be cured!!!

Simple enough…in theory. Difficult in practice. Why? Because Parkinson’s is a symptom of your life out of balance, and until you restore balance to your life, physically, mentally, and spiritually, the symptom called Parkinson’s will remain with you as a reminder that you have more work to do.

Accepting you will be cured. Do the physical part of the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® and heal your organs. Do the mental part of the Recipe and calm your mind. Do the spiritual part of the Recipe and open your heart for dopamine flow, filled with love for yourself. Love yourself, embrace your essence, and accept that you will be cured! AND, do not be afraid of Parkinson’s. When you love yourself, you make your Parkinson’s afraid of you.

To accept that you will be cured, you need to get beyond fear, so let’s take a look at that. When I had Parkinson’s, my fears were in two places: 1. That the known path my mother had followed resulted in her being crippled in a wheelchair with barely any voice to speak, and that the Alzheimer’s and Dementia from 20+ years on medications had rendered her mindless three years before she died; and 2. Life. Fear of not being perfect enough or having all of the right answers or making everybody else happy or being in control of everything…you know this fear.

As you can see, fear of Parkinson’s was a luxury I could not afford. So what choice did I have? Decide I would cure myself and chart my own course…fearlessly!

Was my life out of balance at that point in time? Absolutely yes! (They call it Parkinson’s).
Is your life out of balance at this current point in time? If you have Parkinson’s, then absolutely yes!

Lets take a look.

Physically out of balance (not an exhaustive list):
If you cannot stand up straight and walk like you did pre-Parkinson’s, then physically you are out of balance.
If you are suffering from tremors (shaking), rigidity (stiffness), Bradykinesia (slowness), and/or fatigue, then physically you are out of balance.
If you are suffering from constipation, urgent urination, and/or chronic indigestion, then physically you are out of balance.

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.

As you can see, Parkinson’s is a symptom, a manifestation, of all of these imbalances in your life. Why does it manifest in such harsh physical symptoms? I will be the first one to step up and answer (admit) this one: Because if Parkinson’s did not provide me physical symptoms that lasted until the day of my cure, I would not have fixed the physical, mental, and spiritual imbalances in my life. I lacked the understanding and motivation to change.

I had made adjustments in my life to my essence, my authentic self, and I had become a version of me that was not the true essence of my inner being, my soul. However, it is what worked in my life, so I thought. In my recovery, I had to admit to myself that I was out of balance in my life. Did I do it on purpose? Of course not. It happened while I was living life that way I thought life was supposed to be lived. There is no shame, no blame, no finger-pointing, no fault, no guilt in getting Parkinson’s.

I knew the way I thought and felt had to change because the way I was thinking and feeling had helped me get Parkinson’s. So, I decided to do what was the complete opposite of how I thought and felt…I decided with full faith and no fear that I would cure myself from an incurable disease and I would tolerate whatever it had in store for me along the way, and that I would do it day-by-day, moment-by-moment, in the present, here and now.

For me, that was anti-Howard of the Howard I had become. That is why I knew it would work. It would require me becoming the real me of who I always was in my heart and soul, but who I had covered up with the toxicities of life.

And, how did I restore balance to my life? By doing the Recipe day-by-day, moment-by-moment, staying in the present.

And, how will you restore balance to your life? By doing the Recipe day-by-day, moment-by-moment, staying in the present.

And be patient. The journey you are on is life. When you cross the final finish line in your life, it is death. I haven’t heard one person say they are in a hurry to reach the final finish line in life. Slow down, and please be patient and enjoy the journey of life.

Feel your recovery in your zest to be alive, in the joy in your heart, in your compassion for yourself and others, in your love for yourself and others. And be grateful. It changed my life the day I became grateful for being alive, even in a Parkinson’s body. I cherished the breath of life; I still do. And I was grateful; I still am.

Love yourself and realize how precious you are. Accept that you will be cured. Do the Recipe. Make it happen. Be your own cure!

2017…the year of acceptance of your cure!!!

You are worth it!!!

Happy New Year 2017!

All my best,

Howard

 

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17 Responses to Fighting Parkinson’s, and 2017…the year of acceptance of your cure!

  1. Karen in Ireland says:

    Well said amigo. 🙂 Happy New Year to you and Sally and my fellow warriors.
    Big Love, Karen xx

  2. Joe says:

    Thanks for the great posting Howard. Happy New Year 2017 everyone!

    Joe

  3. Julie says:

    Happy New Year to you and those close to you Howard. Your words make so much sense, thankyou for your great help.
    Very best wishes,
    Julie

  4. Chuck R says:

    Happy New Year “Recovery” to everyone!

    Howard, thanks for all you do.

    Love to all

  5. Singingway says:

    This was so deep for me. To become the anti-me, in order to become the me I know I really am deep inside. I love this. I can tell it will take some contemplation to get clarity on what I need to do to get back in balance. Or — in balance for the first time! Thank you, Howard.

  6. Marie says:

    Happy New Year to you, Howard, and to this wonderful, inspiring, accepting recovery community!

  7. Helen Gill says:

    Very inspiring and spot on. Love to all xxxx

  8. Dr. Karen Zilverberg says:

    Happy New Year! Thanks, Howard and everyone for all of the encouragement and kind words! We are looking forward to all of the positive progress in 2017

    Karen and Don

  9. Dawn says:

    Happy new year! what a great insight to step into this new year. God bless you all.

  10. Smita says:

    Happy New year Howard and the dear community. .! 😊

  11. Cap says:

    Thank you Howard, and all PD warriors, especially those who post here whether the message is positive or otherwise. There is good to be had from communication of one’s heart.

  12. hans says:

    Happy new year all.
    Howard, thank you for your ongoing support and inspiration.
    Hans

  13. judy pruitt says:

    Happy New Year to all!
    Love your inspirational “reminders”, Howard.
    Just about the time I think I’ve conquered something
    in my life, here it comes in full force,
    reminding me I still have work to do!
    Thank God for Howard always there showing
    me how to get it done!

  14. Waseema says:

    Wow Howard! Thanks for the wonderful insight into Howard’s World of Recovery. Together we can do it! Xxx

  15. Melanie S says:

    Thank you Howard for your wonderful teaching.
    Happy new year everyone!

  16. Suess says:

    Thank you Howard for saying the words I needed to hear. I’m ready for the challenge and will never give up. Happy New Year everyone!

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