Last month, I made a big push with my November to Remember, No Excuses November, 30-day challenge 2019 to do a modified version of the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® for 30 days. The 30 days ended yesterday, November 30, 2019. So, what’s next? Where do you go from here?
Yesterday was November 30, 2019 and today is December 1, 2019. We have a way of putting labels and limits on our lives based upon what somebody at some previous time decided was correct. Theoretically, if somebody’s decision had been different, today would be November 31, 2019. What I am trying to point out to you is that much of what we think is real is a script written by somebody else, and we have been following the script and its rules without question.
If you want to be cured of Parkinson’s, then today, you need to begin breaking the rules, clearing out the illusions, and writing your own script of where you want to go in your life and your recovery. It is time to choose to start truly being your cure and living your cure!
When I became cured of Parkinson’s, I stopped doing the physical part of the Recipe because I no longer needed it. However, the mental and spiritual lessons I learned in my recovery have carried forward for the last nine and a half years as how I live my life…I live my cure in the way I live my life.
Okay! Grab some faith. Faith says “I know I am going to be cured of Parkinson’s, and I will do the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® every day until I am cured!” That’s it! So, what are you doing in the moment NOW?
Ask yourself, what did I learn during the November Challenge? Did you learn to accept that when doing the physical part of the Recipe, your best is good enough? Did you learn each day to meditate and calm your mind a little? Did you learn to make a gratitude list that you can look back upon and be grateful and joyful?
Did you learn that it felt so good to do the Recipe, to set aside that time for yourself, to stay off of the Internet and not be researching things that you are not doing and that never have cured a person from Parkinson’s, and to make a gratitude list, and that these are the things you are continuing to do in the moment NOW? Good for you!!! Keep it going.
Baby steps. November was 30 days in life. Life keeps going and it is a continuing journey. When you were young, you took baby steps and were joyful about them…”Look at me, I am walking.” Do you look at your walking now and complain how poor it is or difficult it is?
How about looking at each thing you did in November and each thing you are doing now as baby steps in the present moment NOW, and be joyful…”Look at me, I am _____!” (Fill in the blank and be joyful about whatever it is you are doing). Even if you are relaxing and sitting and doing nothing at all…”Look at me, I am sitting here doing nothing at all, and that is okay. I am joyful!” That is faith!!
Where is your mind? Is it looking back at November thinking good thoughts? Is it looking back at November thinking self-criticizing thoughts about how you did with the 30-day challenge or whether you did it at all? Is it looking forward with excitement? Is it looking forward with fear?
As you can see, the mind pulls you away from what is going on NOW! What is going on right now is you are reading this post with your fellow travelers on this path to your cure…be in the moment, gather strength and perseverance from each other, connect to each other through the universal energy…draw energy from inside yourself, share it with the others, and draw their energy into you as you feel this moment, NOW!
And smile. We all are in this life together. We are drawn here together for a reason. Being as we all are here together, why not make the most of it and help ourselves by helping each other.
Where is your mind? When you are sharing the universal energy with each other, bringing yourself into the moment NOW, and feeling each other’s love and compassion, you cannot answer the question “where is your mind,” because your mind leaves, and your heart controls the moment.
Yes, when you are in the moment NOW, you are in your heart, and for that flicker in the moment NOW, your mind does not exist in the past or in the future…there is no judgment, no regret, no criticism, no fear…no deceptive, illusion-filled, Adrenaline-driven mind.
In the moment NOW, as we gather together and feel each other’s presence, there is love, joy, compassion, contentment, gratitude, forgiveness, happiness, and simply being. That is living your cure, NOW!
Where is my mind? I do not know. I am in my heart, NOW.
And, where is your mind? The more you are in your heart, in the moment NOW, the more you will be able to answer the question “where is your mind?” with the answer “I do not know.”
Today is December 1, 2019. How about that. What are you doing in the moment NOW?
How about letting go of your over-thinking mind in favor of your loving, compassionate heart. How about making the commitment to yourself to cure yourself from Parkinson’s, and then living your cure in all you do, physically, mentally, and spiritually…joyfully taking baby steps, one step at a time, and feeling in your heart: “Look at me. I am special simply because I exist in this moment NOW!”
You can do this. I know you can!
You are worth it!!!
All my best,
Inspired to keep going drug free and keeping the faith that recovery is already there< waiting to be released< and clinging on with joy when I get the occasional glimpse of peace as a reminder of how it can be all of the time … in the mean time … we are worth it , thanks Howard for the guiding light.
Wow what an insightful, loving post. Thank you Howard
Thank you Howard for such an inspiring post. It is a constant thing to stay in the moment and just observe the steps we take and to give gratitude for each. It is so easy or a habit to be filling up every moment with activity. Stillness is pure joy to me in the midst of everything.
Love and blessings
The lift I needed to persevere. I appreciate your posts!
Thank you for that inspiring post!
Blessings to you and your family!
Darn fine post, Howard!
I’ve learned I can still make killer crepes and pumpkin pie to die for. I just need to line things up, give myself time and treat it all as a loving meditation.
Wrapping presents still gives me the willies, but thankfully Ruth likes doing that.
I’ve become the main toilet plunger in the household, as per my last post, because I’ve become really good at it and the flushing sound is soooo satisfying.
In short, I’ve learned to slow down, do everything as a prayer, enjoy it and most importantly share the joy with others…
Sharing my joy with my friends on the blog,