Fighting Parkinson’s, and growing acceptance into gratitude, part 4

In my previous three posts, our discussion grew from acceptance of the reality occurring right in front of your eyes to the higher level of acceptance that whatever was happening was supposed to happen just as it did. Today’s post is the final step in growing that acceptance into gratitude.

Gratitude was a big part of my recovery, and it remains a big part of my daily life. Ultimately in my recovery, I became so grateful for the daily opportunity to be alive with my soul in a human body (even one with Parkinson’s), that the Parkinson’s simply did not matter. I have expressed that it was like my mind and body watched as my soul got on the train and left the station. Eventually, my mind and body had to jump on board.

Here is the progression we have been on for the last month.

  1. Something happens: “Okay.”
  2. Something happens: “Okay. (find a good reason why it may have happened). Apparently this was supposed to happen.”
  3. Something happens: “Okay. (without having to find a good reason why it may have happened). Apparently this was supposed to happen exactly how it happened because it has happened that way.”
  4. Something happens: “Okay. Apparently this was supposed to happen exactly how it happened because it has happened that way. Thank you. I am grateful.”

Number 4 is the difficult one for some people. Here is how I got there. Once I realized that my life was a gift, I decided that I had nothing to complain about and I surrendered that whatever was happening in my life was in my life for a reason whether I liked it or not, or  understood it or not…it still was in my life. So, why not accept it, not judge it, and be grateful for it. 

Taking examples from my previous post, it looks like this:

‘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.’ “Thank you, I am grateful.”

‘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.’ “Thank you. I am grateful.”

‘Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to have a big headache, because if I wasn’t supposed to have a big headache, I would not have one.’ “Thank you. I am grateful.”

You see, I was so grateful for my life and so confident that I was on the healing path that I truly was grateful for whatever was happening because it was something necessary for my life and my recovery. 

Now, let’s get together and turn this into a truly positive growth pattern of acceptance, surrender, and gratitude.

Don’t forget, this is Parkinson’s Awareness month. Are you ready to chant together so the whole world can know that we are a community of beautiful souls already fully recovered or recovering daily from Parkinson’s? Are you ready to be the ambassadors of the message of hope and faith?

Okay. Apparently, you are ready. Thank you. I am grateful. Let’s chant together:

I am recovery. Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to be recovery. Thank you. I am grateful.
I am doing Medical Qigong. Apparently, I am supposed to be doing Medical Qigong. Thank you. I am grateful.
I am chanting. Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to be chanting. Thank you. I am grateful.
I am Standing. Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to be Standing. Thank you. I am grateful.
I am eating healthier foods. Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to be eating healthier foods. Thank you. I am grateful.
I am doing Jin Shin Jyutsu. Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to be doing Jin Shin Jyutsu. Thank you. I am grateful.
I am doing near hand/far hand. Apparently, I am supposed to be doing near hand/far hand. Thank you. I am grateful.
I am replacing negative habit thinking with positive habit thinking. Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to be replacing negative habit thinking with positive habit thinking. Thank you. I am grateful.
I am meditating. Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to be meditating. Thank you. I am grateful.
I am praying. Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to be praying. Thank you. I am grateful.
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 and I am amongst those still recovering every day. They did it and I am doing it. I am recovery. Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to fearlessly doing the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®. Thank you. I am grateful.

Yes, each and every one of you is recovery! Apparently, you are supposed to be recovery. And yes…

YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

All my best,

Howard

 

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7 Responses to Fighting Parkinson’s, and growing acceptance into gratitude, part 4

  1. Chris Meyer says:

    Thanks, Howard.

    I am grateful that I’ve got such wonderful friends to share all these positive things with!

    Feeling the joy in Wisconsin,

    Chris

  2. Tery and Werni says:

    Dear Howard!!
    Supporting, helping, encouraging,
    We are very grateful to have you as a very outstanding helper, thank YOU🙏🙏

  3. Alison says:

    Dear Howard
    Thanks many times over, this is wonderful stuff.
    I am working on my gratitude for any and every event!
    Love
    Alison

  4. Chuck says:

    Howard, thank you very much,

    Blessings to all

  5. Rosemary Cortez says:

    Howard thanku for the post. I am working on it every day and am better. Happy Easter to u and your family.

  6. Vincent Alessi says:

    Happy Easter FPD peeps.
    On the day when many are celebrating the resurrection of our Lord, I’m giving thanks for His grace in all aspects of my life. Not least of which is the path He led me to after my diagnosis: the less traveled path of fighting Parkinson’s, drug free and recovery based.

    God Bless and keep up the fight.
    -Vincent

  7. Jan - UK says:

    Thank you Howard – apparently I am supposed to be in connection with other fellow travellers doing the “recipe” – I am grateful and humbled – I am so thankful – way to go but on the path Jan xxx

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