Ten years ago tomorrow, I got my final wake up call, my body’s final notification to make me sit up and take notice that there was something dreadfully wrong with me…tremors.
As I have pointed out in the past, I had received polite, and not-so-polite, notifications that my physical body was falling into disrepair. I chose to ignore these. Tremors got my attention.
I have discussed that the symptoms are not the problem with Parkinson’s, but instead, they are the messages that there is a problem, so we have to look behind them as to why we have them. Parkinson’s is a symptom…a message that says, “your life is out of balance.”
Parkinson’s…the symptom reflecting a life out of balance.
Physically, you are off balance. You move slowly and cautiously, often looking down instead of forward. What does that do? It puts your body in a posture that makes it virtually impossible to walk balanced. Your neck is bent, your spine is bent, the fluid in your semicircular canals is moved, and your visual frame of reference (important for balance) is your legs or the floor, and you acquire what is often referred to as a Parkinson’s gait.
Mentally, you then become off balance because you are afraid of falling or freezing, and you are afraid of the future with Parkinson’s. This is right where Parkinson’s wants you…not living in the moment, but instead living in the past (getting Parkinson’s) and being fearful of the future (life with long-term Parkinson’s).
Spiritually, you give up hope that you ever will get better. At that point Parkinson’s is winning.
Essentially, when you stare at your legs and feel unbalanced, you are looking at the past. When you feel unbalanced, you fear the future. How can you move forward in life in a balanced manner if you are staring backwards and it makes you fearful of where you are going? Faith.
Faith in yourself that you are the cure to your Parkinson’s, and that you can see your recovery through to the end. Yes, that carries a lot of responsibility, but you have help. You have the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®. The Recipe is your road map to bring your soul, mind, and body back into balance.
Over time in my recovery, I came to see Parkinson’s as a grand opportunity to fix the things in my life that had gone out of balance. The Recipe provided me with the physical tools to re-balance my body, the mental tools to calm my mind and re-balance my emotions, and the spiritual tools to re-balance my soul and find again the essence of who I am.
Am I grateful for having had Parkinson’s? Yes. Through that bump in the road in a life already out of balance, Parkinson’s stood as a bump at a fork in the road leaving me two choices: 1. Fix the imbalances in my life and it would go away; and 2. Do not fix the imbalances in my life and it would stay with me forever. I chose the road less traveled, I had no plan B, and every day I did the Recipe to find balance in my life. And every day that I awoke with Parkinson’s still there, it was a reminder I still had more work to do.
However, in the end, when I awoke on June 12, 2010 with no Parkinson’s, I knew it was not coming back — I had re-balanced my soul, mind, and body, and I no longer needed the message or symptoms known as Parkinson’s as a reminder that I had more work to do.
I was finished with that part of my life, and I am grateful for that as well.
You can do this, too. I know you can.
You are worth it!!!
All my best,
Truth is not always obvious, and there is so much truth in this blog. I certainly am out of balance, but I am working toward the goal of regaining my personal balance in many ways. Reading this blog is encouragement and a reminder to keep my eyes on the larger goal. Achieving life balance and then keeping it !
Thank you as always Howard for your wisdom, encouragement and guidance,
I have a lot to do but know that once I grasp and focus on recovery, miracles can happen.
Yeah, miracles not only ‘can’ happen, I’ve come to consider them the norm. Even at the computer level where you’d think things are fairly cut and dried, I can assure you it’s a real miracle the contraptions keep on working. It exercises my faith every night to believe my servers will still be running in the morning.
If that’s the way it is with computers, how much more so with complex living organisms like us. Yes, the universe is made up of walking and talking miracles like Chris and Jan.
With peace and love to all you wonderful miracles out there,
Chris in Wisconsin
Thank you, Howard. This is an interesting and helpful perspective.
Thank you Howard, you are amazing and a great example, you are inspiring me and thank you again for this 🙂
I’ve got a feeling this morning that dropping the bad habits of fear and irritability and replacing them with the good habits of joy and loving kindness will help fuel this rebalancing very nicely…
Thanks, Howard, for providing encouragement and a way forward.
Thanks to all on the blog for just being there! ❤️
Chris in Wisconsin
Respected Howard sir, First of all congratulations on finishing 10 years of getting Parkinson’s & then getting rid of it. You make me realise that PD is not a curse, rather it is a blessing to be aware about imbalanced life. Thanks for being there to show the path…regards, Mona.
So happy to be part of this community. This blog gives inspiration and hope! I am Henrik from Sweden
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