Last week, my blog post was about updates regarding my book, Fighting Parkinson’s…and Winning. One of the things included in that post was a request to those of you who have read the book to please go on Amazon and place a rating and write a review. My book ratings and reviews have gone from 19 to 27 in one week. I am grateful to all of you for taking the time to do this. While I am on the topic of gratitude, let’s talk about a new way to give gratitude.
Gratitude is very important in life. In my recovery, I became so grateful for this gift of life that I simply stopped caring about the Parkinson’s and started caring more about giving gratitude and getting back into life. I am grateful to all of you who are here reading this blog, doing the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®, and fighting the good fight. Again, for those of you who have put ratings and reviews of my book on Amazon to help promote our cause to get out the message of hope that Parkinson’s is curable, thank you very much. I am grateful.
Today, I am going to write about a different kind of gratitude of which I have not written in the past. The concept came about last Friday on a coaching call. As I was encouraging the person with periods of increasing symptoms to not worry about the future, that if he was doing the Recipe he was getting better, he posed to me a question that probably has crossed every one of your minds: “How am I supposed to not worry about the future when these Parkinson’s symptoms are in the forefront of my life all the time and sometimes they are increased symptoms?”
The next thing I knew, out of my mouth came, “Have you ever considered giving gratitude to the Parkinson’s?” The individual seemed surprised, and I was equally surprised as this was the first time I had heard those words come out of my mouth. I realized that the message we were getting was for him and for me to share with all of you.
I continued, “If you are going to be thinking about Parkinson’s all day long, why not change the conversation with gratitude.
When your tremors increase, instead of fearing that this means something bad in the future, say, ‘Thank you Parkinson’s for teaching me that increased tremors means that I am increasing my internal energy as I move closer to my recovery.’
When your stiffness increases, instead of having frustration or fear, say, ‘Thank you Parkinson’s for forcing me to learn that sometimes when my energy shifts in my body, I will have increased stiffness.”
When you get stuck walking, instead of fearing the worst, say, “Thank you Parkinson’s for showing me that if I am calm and encouraging to myself, I can ease into taking another step.’
When you are feeling more pain, instead of being upset, anxious or fearful, say, ‘Thank you Parkinson’s for showing me that my brain is talking to my nerve endings because if it was not connected well, I would not be experiencing pain.'”
This is a list that continues to grow as each of you is an individual who is having Parkinson’s symptoms exhibit themselves to you in a way that is personal to you. The idea is that if you are giving gratitude to Parkinson’s each time a symptoms increases, it releases your dopamine and calms your mind so you are not engaged in worry and fear of the future.
Here are some additional general gratitude statements for your Parkinson’s:
Thank you Parkinson’s for slowing me down so I can have a chance to get out of adrenaline mode.
I am grateful to you Parkinson’s for teaching me that I needed to eat healthier foods.
I am grateful to you Parkinson’s for helping me get my priorities in life back in order.
Thank you Parkinson’s for forcing me to learn Medical Qigong and the Recipe exercises so I can heal my organs.
Thank you Parkinson’s for showing that I needed to learn how to meditate to calm my over-thinking mind.
I am grateful to you Parkinson’s for making me so physically miserable that you have forced me to spend more time talking to my Higher Power.
Thank you Parkinson’s for teaching me how out of balance I had become, physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Thank you Parkinson’s for forcing me to learn acceptance and surrender.
Thank you Parkinson’s for teaching me to be grateful for the assistance others are providing me.
I am grateful to you Parkinson’s for showing me that I needed to give up my old rights of to be angry, frustrated, resentful, worrisome, fearful, stressful, anxious, unforgiving, critical, and self-critical.
I am grateful to you Parkinson’s for teaching me that I was entitled to have my new rights of joy, happiness, fearlessness, compassion, contentment, love, acceptance, forgiveness, and gratitude.
Thank you Parkinson’s for leading me down the path least traveled where I have the opportunity to learn to love myself, accept myself for the special person who I am, and to cure myself from a disease most others incorrectly think is incurable. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
To each and every one of you, thank you. I am grateful you are here on this blog and that we all are traveling down the path to your recoveries together, hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder, tears in our eyes, and smiles on our faces. Let’s be grateful for our lives together.
You are worth it!!!
All my best,