In my previous two posts, Fighting Parkinson’s, and hope, faith, plus action, and Fighting Parkinson’s, and hope, faith, plus action, part 2, I discussed why hope and faith without action are meaningless in Parkinson’s recovery. In those posts, I discussed action of the body and the mind. Today I am discussing action of the soul.
I feel that your soul is not touched by Parkinson’s. I have expressed this point in the past. The action of the soul encompasses letting go of the past issues and attitudes that block your recovery. This means letting go of attachments to self-judgment, self-criticism, lack of forgiveness of yourself, lack of compassion for yourself, and lack of love for yourself. Essentially, you are letting go of the toxins of your body and your mind so that your soul can shine through.
The action of the soul is realizing that the real you, your soul, in underneath all of the toxicity of the Parkinson’s body and mind, and that your soul has been there all along as pure as the day your were born. I have pulled a reminder from an “oldie but goodie” post:
Let’s say you go to the store and buy a shining silver teapot. You take the teapot home and put it on the sideboard to admire it. And then, you get busy with life and you do not spend any time with the teapot for the next six months. When you return to the sideboard, you are horrified to see that your teapot is covered in tarnish.
At first you think, “Oh no, what have I done. I have neglected my teapot and it is ruined.” Then, somebody points out to you that if you get silver polish, you can remove the tarnish. So, you get the silver polish, grab the teapot, and head to the kitchen sink.
You moisten the sponge, dip it in the silver polish, and you begin to rub the teapot. The first thing you notice is that it begins to look worse than when you started — there is black and gray pasty junk and it smells bad. In this moment of “cleaning crisis,” you think, “I have faith that the silver polish will work,” and you press forward.
Eventually, you have cleaned the entire teapot, washed it, dried it, and shined it. It looks like a brand new teapot. However, in that moment of admiring your “brand new teapot,” it occurs to you that you are admiring the original, beautiful teapot you brought home from the store six months ago. And you realize that although the teapot had been covered in tarnish, the tarnish did not damage the teapot at all.
The original shining silver teapot was under there all along, unblemished by the tarnish. When somebody comes over to your house, they say, “That is a beautiful new teapot you got to replace the old tarnished one.” And you smile and say “thank you” because deep down you know they are staring at the original teapot, and it shines.
Original you, your soul, your essence, your spot of grace (whatever you call the “something” inside you that powers the rest of you and makes you uniquely you)…he or she is in there. Right now, you are just covered up with a tarnish called Parkinson’s. The Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® is your tarnish remover.
The Recipe helps bring your life back into balance by healing your soul, mind, and body. It helps you remove the toxins in your body so your organs are clean and functioning well. It helps you clean the toxins in your mind by calming your mind so your stress, anxiety, anger, frustration, worries and fears leave you and do not return. And, finally, it helps you to not be afraid to be the real you by opening your heart to yourself and the world fearlessly…and then your dopamine flows…and then your soul shines again.
Be the real you…new you/original you. To others who have known the old you, you will appear to be a completely new person. However, you will know that what they are seeing is the original you, the real you, and you will shine.
You are worth it!!!
All my best,
Dear Howard..what a beautiful blog, thank you. I will take it on board.
Love and blessings
Love the analogy. Thanks again for the reminder that we really, in essence, are soul and that we have the power to heal ourselves!
Blessings to all.
Great post👍🌺thank you very much!!
Truly, there is much letting go that is necessary for the full healing. It seems that all of it isn’t totally obvious until the reaction to whatever trips the symptoms. …then, sitting back and figuring out what tripped it and what needs to be fixed or polished up.
Strength, hugs, and love to all.
Love the analogies Howard. Can’t wait for my teapot to shine again!
To all mothers out there – Happy Mother’s Day!
Thanks, Beth! To you as well!