In my last post regarding being cured of Parkinson’s for nine years, I mentioned gratitude. Gratitude was a critical component in reaching my full recovery. For the last nine years, I have lived in abundant gratitude, and today I will do my best to help you get there as well.
Gratitude. Let’s see where we can take this.
In the middle of Parkinson’s symptom discomforts, people often miss the opportunity to express gratitude. Some have expressed to me that they see nothing for which to be grateful. Let’s talk about that.
If you are reading this post, please give gratitude to your eyes and for your eyesight.
If somebody else is reading this post to you, please give gratitude to the person, to your ears, and for your hearing.
If you are doing any of Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®, please give gratitude to your liver, gallbladder, kidneys, bladder, stomach, spleen, small intestine, large intestine, heart, lungs, and brain.
If your hands are struggling to do your buttons, please give gratitude to your hands for trying, have compassion for their weakened state, and offer them this healing: Put hot water, not too hot, in your sink. Submerge your hands for 2 minutes. While your hands are submerged, for 1 minute alternate making fists and stretching your fingers. Leave your hands submerged for 2 more minutes (total time 5 minutes).
If your feet are struggling with numbness or cramping, please give gratitude to your feet for doing their best with your walking, have compassion for their weakened state, and offer them this healing: Put hot water, not too hot, in a bucket or tub. Submerge your feet for 2 minutes. While your feet are submerged, for 1 minute alternate clenching your toes and stretching your toes. Leave your feet submerged for 2 more minutes (total time 5 minutes).
If you are breathing deeply (click here for instructions on how to breathe deeply), please give gratitude to the Mother Nature for filling your lungs with fresh oxygen to feed your cells and help you recover, and please give gratitude to you lungs for participating in the process.
When I would judge and criticize my own walking, I used it as an opportunity to give gratitude, “Thank you that I am still able to walk.”
When I would judge and criticize how I was doing the dishes, I used it as an opportunity to give gratitude, “Thank you that I am still able to do the dishes.”
Are you getting the picture? Every one of your organs and every one of your limbs is doing its best to help you in your life and in your recovery. If you are doing the Recipe, you are supplying your soul, your mind, and your body all of the tools they need to bring you to your full recovery, your cure.
And, every judgement and criticism is nothing more than repeating somebody else’s words against yourself. Make a change! Instead of accepting the judgments and criticisms, use them as reminders to give gratitude for the fact that you are still doing whatever it is that your mind is judging and criticizing.
Gratitude is your way of saying to them: “Your best is good enough. I am compassionate to your situation, and I am so grateful that you are trying so hard on this journey to my cure.”
When you are consumed with your symptoms, it like being ungrateful to your soul, your mind, and your body. You are sending a message that says, “Your best is not good enough and I am disappointed in you.” I think all of you know how that feels, when somebody indicates to you that your best is not good enough and that they are disappointed in you. It is debilitating, and so is your Parkinson’s if you are not grateful for how hard your soul, mind and body are working to cure you.
Instead, find a place of true compassion and gratitude. Gratitude is your way of saying:
“I am grateful for being alive, even in a Parkinson’s body. My best is good enough. I am bringing my life back into balance. I am recovery. I am worth it!”
Every day, I begin my day giving gratitude for being alive and my soul being in a human being. I began doing this gratitude when I had Parkinson’s. I was healing my body and calming my mind, and it was gratitude that helped open my heart. I became so truly grateful for my life, even in a Parkinson’s body, that I became overwhelmed with joy.
And the joy was so powerful, I completely stopped caring about the Parkinson’s. I knew my full recovery would come one day, so I just accepted it as true and continued doing the Recipe every day. But I was recovering and I knew it…I was experiencing joy from the inside, and it was overwhelming.
Your symptoms are nothing more than a notification system to let you know you have Parkinson’s. That is all. So, why be ungrateful or bitter because you have symptoms. You have the Recipe, so be grateful that you have in your hands the one thing so far that has been proven to slow, halt, reverse, and even cure Parkinson’s Disease.
Don’t look back with guilt and regret…don’t look forward with fear and worry and stress…adjust your thinking…see your recovery in your future and be grateful for where you are going. You are on the path to your recovery. See it. Be it. You are your own cure…be grateful for that!
Oh, yes. Every morning I give gratitude for all of you. Compassion for all of you and gratitude for your hard work and dedication doing the Recipe and working on your recovery. Also, I give gratitude to all of you for allowing me the privilege of serving you. Thank you. I am grateful!
Keep developing your attitude of gratitude. It will change your life and your recovery.
You are worth it!!!
All my best,
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Amen, Amen, Amen, as my favourite African carer would say. Gratitude raises our vibration, that’s when our souls are in a frequency of receiving our hearts desires. Fear, anxiety, worry, and guilt are low frequencies. They prevent us in attracting and manifesting our healing.
Love this post Howard. Big love to all warriors. Karen xx
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I am letting go of all judgement and criticism towards others and myself.
This is a most wonderful article on gratitude! May we all learn and practice this.
I am so grateful for Howard and the Recipe and his astonishing coaching.
Love and blessings
Sharon in North Carolina
Thank you Howard for your steady support, we are so grateful!
Love Tery and Werni
Very grateful for you, Howard.
”see your recovery in your future and be grateful for where you are going”
Wise words Howard, thank you and may God bless.
Thank you Howard, its always good to be reminded x
Thank you, Howard, for spelling out gratitude so carefully and in such detail. I have been focusing on practicing it too and love how are you make it so specific and focused. I notice the more I practice it the more I see to be grateful for every moment.
Yes, I see gratitude as one of the key components of the recipe. The reason is because the more I practice gratitude the stronger and more confident my soul, the real me, becomes.
When I additionally make PD symptoms a trigger for practicing gratitude I end up with an unbeatable combination. When the mind tries to control or intimidate me with PD symptoms, I just get stronger because of the ensuing gratitude practice.
My soul can smile wistfully at these antics mind and say, “Poor thing, it thinks it can control me with these symptoms. Little does it know it doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell!”
Good luck everyone and blessing to Howard for his persistent help,
Chris in Wisconsin
Gratitude.. such a good word and such a noble response to every situation.
Love it Howard! What an uplifting blog!
I’m going to upgrade my attitude of Gratitude!
Thank you for this post Howard it’s my favourite post so far. It says it all. Turns pain into perspective. That saying, there’s always someone worse off, it’s true. I am grateful for the love I feel in this human body. I am not going to list here all I am grateful for, there’s so much. I hope I never forget gratitude it’s so important. Thank you Howard so much for keeping on inspiring us. When I feel gratitude I’m in sync. Lots of love to everyone here, and everything.
Thank you very much Howard! It is very wonderful article with positive energy. I need that to heal my anxiety, my attitude and my mind, my soul. It is so supportive that you keeping give us energy in this blog.
As always a brilliant blog that inspires the mind, warms the soul and heals the body. Love to all, Jan
Inspirational amazing wonderful ty
ONLY LOVE,LOVE………..AND LOVE..