In my last post, I explained that as long as you are doing the soul, mind, and body parts of the Recipe every day, then you are laying a strong foundation for your recovery. Today is a reminder from the tortoise that your speed doesn’t matter…forward is forward. With that in mind, let’s keep moving forward and laying a strong foundation in your recovery.
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. 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? Keep moving forward!
To keep moving forward when the unpleasantries of Parkinson’s are visiting you, faith that you are recovering is critical. And action…doing the soul, mind, and body healing in the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® is how you put fear aside and deal with those unpleasant 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 look at how to accept 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. My speed doesn’t matter, forward is forward.”
“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. My speed doesn’t matter, forward is forward.”
“Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to have a headache, because if I wasn’t supposed to have a headache, I would not have one. My speed doesn’t matter, forward is forward.”
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. It is the road map. It helps keep you focused and it helps keep you on the path to your recovery.
With the Recipe, your body, mind, and soul can say, “Okay, I know you are doing these things, and I know you are generating this energy, calming this mind, and opening this heart, thank you, now we can start fixing this mess.”
How about taking a lesson from the tortoise and fully embracing that “your speed doesn’t matter, forward is forward.” Then, grab onto the Recipe, and add in some faith, action and acceptance! How about being the tortoise and being your recovery in everything you do!
Your speed doesn’t matter…forward is forward! Keep laying a strong foundation in your recovery.
You are worth it!!!
All my best,
Hi Howard, I love love love this post. 🙂
Big love to all warriors.
Hi Howard, what a great reminder! Thank you!
Blessings to all. Beth
Thank you Howard. I really needed that reminder.
Dear Howard, I’d just like to say how much I appreciate your help week after week. Best wishes to you and all who follow your posts. Brian.
Great and so cute, this tortoise-picture!!
Howard, thanks again for your support, you teach us to be patient, but to go on with faith and acceptance even though it’s a long and slowly way, but the word recovery in our mind sounds wonderful!!
Love Tery and Werni
Howard, Neat how “Okay. Apparently, I’m supposed to…” serves to use our once ‘negative’ symptoms, as encouragements to keep us moving forward.
Eg., Discovering my slow walking as a kind of walking meditation to help me move forward, and smell the roses!
Thank You for this perspective!
I see this as acceptance being our answer which removes unnecessary stress; therefore, giving us more strength to go forward.
Love and hugs to all.
Keeping up with faith, no matter what the symptoms say is so important. Thank you Howard.
Thank you Howard. 😊
In all things you are making Progress as long as you are doing
what you can of the body, soul, and mind of the recipe. Don’t
lose your resolve when something nasty goes on because it was
apparently supposed to happen or else it wouldn’t have.
I am under a lot of stress lately which makes my mind hard to calm
but I have to remind myself apparently this is necessary for progress.
Well said Ken! Keep on in there. Thank you Howard. Thank you fellow warriors.
Apparently I am supposed to have periods of extreme weakness at the present for my recovery. Grateful to my body for doing what it has to. Xxx
Thanks Howard. The tortoise and his slogan are going on the fridge.