If you are doing the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®, you are heading toward your full recovery. Know it. When others look at your external symptoms and think you are getting worse and cannot keep it to themselves, you have to know that you are heading toward your full recovery, and you have to politely ignore them. That is called self-preservation on your path toward full recovery, and it is a critical component of this recovery. You can do it!
Your symptoms are a reflection of imbalances inside you. That is all. Your symptoms are on a path toward degeneration only if you help them go on that path. That is all.
There are three ways to help your symptoms along the path to degeneration:
1. Doing nothing. Doing nothing is still doing something. We all were doing nothing when we degenerated to the point where we went to see a neurologist.
2. Taking medications and doing nothing else. This is what your neurologist means when he or she tells you that Parkinson’s is a progressively degenerative disease for which there is no cure, and here are some medications that will not cure you.
3. Taking Parkinson’s-specific supplements, powders and formulas and doing nothing else. This is what your naturopath means when he or she tells you that Parkinson’s is a progressively degenerative disease for which there is no cure, and here are some Parkinson’s-specific supplements, powders and formulas that will not cure you.
Here’s the hard part. To get off of the path toward degeneration and on to the path toward full recovery, you have to do something more than the three above-listed things. The Recipe provides a whole lot of something to get you on the path toward full recovery and keep you there all the way to achieving your full recovery.
So, what is in your way…the flying monkeys. A couple of months ago, I wrote a post referring to The Wizard of Oz, but I did not say anything about the flying monkeys. For today’s discussion, we need to address the flying monkeys.
The scariest part of the Wizard of Oz for me as a youngster was not the Wicked Witch of the West…it was the flying monkeys. It did not matter what the other characters were doing, at any given moment, the flying monkeys could swoop down and wreak havoc. For me, they perpetuated an edge-of-my-seat anxiety throughout the movie. They were unpredictable and uncontrollable…just like your “monkey minds.”
The Buddha described the human mind as having the equivalent of a bunch of drunken monkeys clamoring out of control, with fear being the loudest, most continuously forceful monkey in the bunch. You all know this monkey. This is the monkey who looks at your symptoms and says, “Come on, why are you doing this Qigong and chanting and meditating and praying…weren’t you paying attention…there is nothing you can do about Parkinson’s…what’s this Recipe…who is this Howard guy…face the facts, you are heading toward the walker and the wheelchair.” However, that is nothing more than the loudest drunken monkey screaming fear into your head.
So, now comes your choice. Do you listen to the drunken monkey and run right into fear’s hands, or do you have faith and quiet the monkey and continue on your path toward full recovery? This “monkey mind” is what Socrates is talking about in Dan Millman’s Way of the Peaceful Warrior when he tells a young Dan, “Sometimes you have to lose your mind before you come to your senses.”
It is time to lose your mind and come to your senses; that is, lose your monkey mind. You need to break the habit of fear. That’s right, the habit of fear. The habit that any time a symptom changes in a way you do not understand, you think you are getting worse and then you fear the worst. That’s the habit of following the marching orders of a drunken monkey in your head. Come to your senses and create a better, more useful habit in your recovery.
How to quiet the monkey mind:
I am recovery.
I am doing Medical Qigong. I am recovery.
I am chanting. I am recovery.
I am Standing. I am recovery.
I am eating healthier foods. I am recovery.
I am doing Jin Shin Jyutsu. I am recovery.
I am doing near hand/far hand. I am recovery.
I am replacing negative habit thinking with positive habit thinking. I am recovery.
I am meditating. I am recovery.
I am praying. I am recovery.
I have nothing to be afraid of because I am on my path toward recovery doing the Recipe, the same Recipe that six people already have used to reach their full recovery. They did it and I am doing it. I am recovery.
For my mother, in the end, after two decades of heavy dosages of Parkinson’s medications and doing nothing else, she lost her mind…and it was not her monkey mind…it was her cognitive mind. There was no opportunity to come to her senses, and all the fears were realized…immobility, frozen face, loss of voice, wheelchair, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s. You see, that is what I was afraid of…the known path. Nobody should have to be that way with this disease, not her, and not you.
So, please lose your monkey mind and your fears that are raging in your head, and please come to your senses while you still have your senses to come to. You need to do something. You have the Recipe at your fingertips…do not let it slip away. It took me to full recovery. It took Marie to full recovery. It took Pratima to full recovery. It took Betty to full recovery. It took Helen to full recovery. It took Tony to full recovery. It has taken hundreds of you to partial recovery and it can take you the rest of the way to full recovery. Do not let your monkey mind tell you otherwise.
You can do this.
You are worth it!!!
All my best,