If it was easy to recover from Parkinson’s, everybody would have their full recovery already. If it was easy to recover from Parkinson’s, it would not be considered an incurable disease. If it was easy to recover from Parkinson’s, you probably would see wonderful symptom changes shortly after starting the Recipe and be very happy to be mostly recovered from the disease in a short amount of time. However, recovery is not easy.
So, today I want to remind all of you that although recovery is not easy, it is worth it, and YOU ARE WORTH IT! Each and every one of you is worthy and deserving of your recovery. Okay? OKAY!
Now say it with me, “I am worthy and deserving of my Parkinson’s recovery.” Again, but this time really feel it to the depths of your soul: “I am worthy and deserving of my Parkinson’s recovery.” Okay. I am so happy to hear that you know this to be true.
Since you are acknowledging that you are worthy and deserving of your Parkinson’s recovery, then you have to know that you are worth the time and effort it takes to have your full recovery. I feel that we need to look back at the tortoise. You know, from the story of the Tortoise and the Hare. Please remember, it is the slow and steady tortoise who wins the race.
There are things we can learn from the tortoise every day. Please remember, when you proceed like the tortoise, slow and steady, you tend to see many beautiful things in life that you used to just walk passed without noticing. And the joy you feel in living opens your heart and your dopamine as you are working on your recovery. It occurred to me that when you are moving like the tortoise, slowly and steadily, you also have more time to notice all of the subtle unpleasant changes that are happening to your body. How do you put fear to the side and deal with those changes?
Faith that you are recovering. And action…doing the soul, mind, and body healing of the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®. That is how you put fear aside and deal with those changes.
One of the greatest difficulties in this recovery is not being concerned about the subtle, and not so subtle, changes that occur day-to-day. Since the Parkinson’s body has limited energy, you have to trust it to know where you need the healing the most. Some days that means you walk a little slower, some days it means you tremor more, some days it means you have a headache.
Here’s a new look at acceptance of these matters:
“Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to be walking slower, because if I wasn’t supposed to be walking slower, I would not be walking slower.”
“Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to be tremoring more, because if I wasn’t supposed to be tremoring more, I would not be tremoring more.”
“Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to have a headache, because if I wasn’t supposed to have a headache, I would not have one.”
The power of “Okay. Apparently…” is representative of true acceptance of what the Universe is offering, and it defeats anger and frustration and resentment and fear. Instead of looking at something and getting upset, just say, “Okay. Apparently, that was supposed to happen” or “Okay. Apparently, I wasn’t supposed to be doing that….” I think you get the picture. The more unpleasant things that occur that you can look at and say, “Okay. Apparently…” the more calm you will be and less angry and fearful you will be as you continue your recovery.
And, the one thing you need to keep constant in your recovery is the Recipe.
That way your body can say, “Okay, I know you are doing these things, and I know you are generating this energy, thank you, now I can start fixing this mess.” Failure to accept what is occurring with your recovery causes problems down the road. When people change what they are doing to meet up with the day-to-day healing nuances when they really do not know what is occurring on the inside, then they undo the benefits the body has achieved thus far. Faith, plus action, is key to this philosophy.
And with the Recipe, faith plus action looks like this:
I have faith in my recovery. Plus, I am taking action to heal my organs by doing the Qigong exercises. I am recovery!
I have faith in my recovery. Plus, I am taking action to generate more brain activity and energy by doing the Brain Vibration Chanting. I am recovery!
I have faith in my recovery. Plus, I am taking action to make by body healthier by eating better. I am recovery!
I have faith in my recovery. Plus, I am taking action to balance my internal energy by doing Jin Shin Jyutsu. I am recovery!
I have faith in my recovery. Plus, I am taking action to calm my mind by meditating. I am recovery!
I have faith in my recovery. Plus, I am taking action to connect my Inner Divine to my Higher Power by praying, opening my heart, feeling love and joy and laughter and gratitude, and by keeping the faith that I am safe and secure. I am recovery!
The hare views “recovery” as winning the race, only…symptom-free recovery. He fails to understand that, in and of itself, recovery is participating in the race. So when the hare gets off the path toward what he sees as recovery, the destination only, he never finds his way back to the path and he never wins the race.
The tortoise is recovery. The tortoise views recovery as each small advance toward the symptom-free recovery at the finish line. However, the tortoise, by its very nature, has to move slowly and steadily, and the tortoise cannot worry too much about the bumps in the road. Instead the tortoise knows that every step toward the finish line is recovery, in and of itself, and the tortoise sees love and joy and laughter and gratitude and fulfillment on the entire journey.
Also, the tortoise believed in himself against overwhelming odds. In a moment of clarity, he knew his path, and he knew in his heart of hearts and soul of souls that he would win the race even though he was told it was impossible.
The tortoise did not stray from the path and he proceeded in the only way a tortoise can…slow and steady…and he won. I would imagine that the spectators laughed at him and told him he was out of his mind to think he could win the race. He had to exhibit courage and internal strength to not only compete and win the race, but to ignore the naysayers hovering around his path spouting out their negativity. Was this easy? Of course not. But the tortoise knew he was worthy and deserving of taking his time and putting in the proper effort.
Oh, yes, and then the tortoise wins the race. In this fight against Parkinson’s, we all learn from each other. Today, let’s learn from the tortoise.
How about taking this slow and steady lesson from the tortoise and grabbing onto the Recipe, filled with faith, action and acceptance! How about being recovery!
You are worth it!!!
All my best,
NOTE: Karen in Ireland wanted to include this photo in her comment to cheer all of you on, but the comment section does not allow photos. I am adding it into the post. Thank you, Karen.
Thanx, Howard, for helping us along the way, for caring, for being available, for being involved. Thanx for the great reminder!
Thanks Howard……. once again it was just what I need to hear.
What an inspiring blog Howard sure and steady. Thank you for keeping us informed
Thanks Howard you’re a blessing to me and my family.
You’re part of my family. My mother-in-law and my sister-in-law and my brother and my kids know you. Isn’t that cool!
Love and blessings to all
Hi Howard, great reminder! Here’s to all the warrior tortoise! 🙂
Thanks for the beautiful tortoise picture! XOXOX
Hi Karen and Don, yes it’s a joyful tortoise. I’m aiming to feel as happy as he looks daily ha ha.xx
I woke up this morning, went to the washroom then back to bed.
I laid in bed for a long stretch just relaxing and then it come to
I’m not shaking and immediately the tremor was back. I hope that
I can figure out how to get into the non Parkinson’s frame of mind
and stay there. Accept my Parkinson’s cure!
I HAVE 3 YEARS AND HALF DOING THE RECIPE AND FOLLOWING THE EXAMPLE OF THE TURTLE WITH PATIENCE AND FAITH. I WILL REACH THE GOAL……….THANK YOU HOWARD
Karen , I love the photo , it put a big smile on my face 😀😀
Hi Chuck, yes it made me laugh too! xx
Thanks, Howard! I have the deepest appreciation for what you do for ALL of us!
Hugs and love to everyone!
Howard, thank you for the constant reminder. Love to everyone in this journey!
Thank you for your steadfast encouragement, and for hope. You are a blessing to all of us warriors.
Sometimes we may feel we are not strong enough to help ourselves or anyone else. But if we take what little strength we have and begin to use it and share it we find that our strength actually increases. A person can fulfill their purpose in life equally in illness as in health. It is not true that only the healthy can serve God and humanity. We may be like the tortoise but we can still serve. Thank you Howard for the service you bring to us all. Blessings.
Found your site a week ago, and have been reading your blog posts and practicing your Recipe quite a bit since then.
So reassuring to read your affirmations that all the healing crises that I’ve experienced on and off since I started following the nutritional approach (i.e., vegetarian diet + juicing + mild qigong) to Parkinson’s recovery 2 years ago are indeed signs of the body healing itself.
Like you said, the road to recovery is, in a way, the ultimate test of faith and resilience. So many join the race ad hoc at the start line — yet only those who genuinely believe in the wonders of the body, mind, soul, and spirit all the way through make it to the finish line.
The prize, though, is so worth it. With faith comes hope in life, which then gets passed on to others through love.
Faith, hope, and love. Strikes a chord with the whole point of the New Testament right there. Thank you for this grueling yet important life lesson, PD.
And thank you so much for not just showing us the ropes (your Recipe), but also rooting for us along the way, Howard!
Bless you all, and bless you Howard!