Last week, I posted, “Fighting Parkinson’s, and let’s play a game again.” If you have been playing the game, great. If you have been unable to maintain positive thinking, that is okay…just pick yourself back up and start your positive thinking today. Your first positive thought can be, “It is okay that I got consumed by negative thoughts, and today I am starting thinking positive thoughts again.”
Okay. Whether your glass is overflowing with abundant joy, or your glass is half full on its way to overflowing with abundant joy, or if there is one drop in the bottom of your glass on its way to overflowing with abundant joy…”OKAY!”. Today, you will receive lots of assistance and inspiration to keep playing this game. That is what I have to offer…KEEP PLAYING!
What? How can I ask you to keep being positive in your life and your recovery? Is this unheard of? Is this 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, negative thinking, stress and anxiety makes your symptoms 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. If you stay in that adrenaline-driven, negative thinking, fearful mind, 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 overcome fear and negative thoughts by seeing and experiencing the world through your heart. You were not doing this when you got Parkinson’s, and that is why it works. It brings you back into balance.
So, let’s keep playing this 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.”
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!”
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!”
4. Click here to read the comments posted by your fellow travelers on this path in response to “Fighting Parkinson’s, and let’s play a game again.” You will be inspired to keep playing this positive thinking game, or to get started again if you fell down. Please remember, “Failure is not falling down, it is not getting up again.” — Mary Pickford.
5. I had the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®, and so do you.
Overcome fear and negative thinking, and see the world through your heart. It brings you back into balance. What I mean by this is that you are not changing what is happening…you are adjusting your perspective. Instead of looking at symptoms changes and life with fear, which never has a positive outcome, now look at changes in symptoms and life with love, joy, gratitude, compassion, forgiveness (positive thinking, positive emotions), and you will have a much better opportunity for a positive outcome.
I started playing this game in my recovery because it made sense to me to change my perspective this way. It kept me on the positive track toward recovery.
I am still playing it today, nearly 7 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.
Overcome fear and negative thinking, and see the world through your heart.
Why not? It is your life.
Okay! So who is continuing to play this 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,