Fighting Parkinson’s, and more to learn from the tortoise, part 2

Last week when I posted, “Fighting Parkinson’s, and more to learn from the tortoise,” I was not anticipating a part 2. However, after a week of very lively conversations about that post, I felt it would be good to share additional lessons from the tortoise.

There are things we can learn from the tortoise every day. Please remember, when you proceed like the tortoise, slow and steady, you tend to see many beautiful things in life that you used to just walk passed without noticing. And the joy you feel in living opens your heart and your dopamine as you are working on your recovery.

It occurred to me that when you are moving like the tortoise, slowly and steadily, you also have more time to notice all of the subtle unpleasant changes that are happening to your body. How do you put fear to the side and deal with those changes?

Faith that you are recovering. And action…doing the positive things in the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® toward your recovery. That is how you put fear aside and deal with those changes.

One of the greatest difficulties in this recovery is not being concerned about the subtle, and not so subtle, changes that occur day-to-day. Since the Parkinson’s body has limited energy, you have to trust it to know where you need the healing the most. Some days that means you walk a little slower, some days it means you tremor more, some days it means you have a headache.

Here’s a new look at acceptance of these matters:
“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.”
“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.”
“Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to have a headache, because if I wasn’t supposed to have a headache, I would not have one.”

The power of “Okay. Apparently…” is representative of true acceptance of what the Universe is offering, and it defeats anger and frustration and resentment and fear. Instead of looking at something and getting upset, just say, “Okay. Apparently, that was supposed to happen” or “Okay. Apparently, I wasn’t supposed to be doing that….” I think you get the picture.

The more unpleasant things that occur that you can look at and say, “Okay. Apparently…” the more calm you will be and less angry and fearful you will be as you continue your recovery.

And, the one thing you need to keep constant in your recovery is the Recipe.

That way your soul, mind, and body can say, “Okay, I know you are doing these things, and I know you are generating this energy, thank you, now I can start fixing this mess.” Failure to accept what is occurring with your recovery causes problems down the road.

When people change what they are doing to meet up with the day-to-day healing nuances when they really do not know what is occurring on the inside, then they undo the benefits the soul, mind, and body have achieved thus far. Faith, plus action, is key to this philosophy.

And with the Recipe, faith plus action looks like this:

I have faith in my recovery. Plus, I am taking action to heal my organs by doing the Qigong exercises. I am recovery!
I have faith in my recovery. Plus, I am taking action to generate more brain activity and energy by doing the Brain Vibration Chanting. I am recovery!
I have faith in my recovery. Plus, I am taking action to make by body healthier by eating better. I am recovery!
I have faith in my recovery. Plus, I am taking action to balance my internal energy by doing Jin Shin Jyutsu. I am recovery!
I have faith in my recovery. Plus, I am taking action to calm my mind by meditating. I am recovery!
I have faith in my recovery. Plus, I am taking action to connect my Inner Divine to my Higher Power by praying, opening my heart, feeling love and joy and laughter and gratitude, and by keeping the faith that I am safe and secure. I am recovery!

The hare views “recovery” as winning the race, only…symptom-free recovery. He fails to understand that, in and of itself, recovery is participating in the race. So when the hare gets off the path toward what he sees as recovery, the destination only, he never finds his way back to the path and he never wins the race.

The tortoise is recovery. The tortoise views recovery as each small advance toward the symptom-free recovery at the finish line. However, the tortoise, by its very nature, has to move slowly and steadily, and the tortoise cannot worry too much about the bumps in the road. The tortoise sees the flowers, the birds, the mountains, the sunshine, and beauty of life.

The tortoise knows that every step toward the finish line is recovery, in and of itself, and the tortoise sees love and joy and laughter and gratitude and fulfillment on the entire journey.

Oh, yes, and then the tortoise wins the race. There is so much we can learn from the tortoise.

How about taking a lesson from the tortoise, grab onto the Recipe, and add in some faith, action and acceptance! How about being recovery!

You are worth it!!!

All my best,


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12 Responses to Fighting Parkinson’s, and more to learn from the tortoise, part 2

  1. Jeff says:

    Thank you Howard

  2. Tery and Werni says:

    Wonderful Howard!!! Thank you!!

  3. Petra says:

    Oh dear,

    I think like a hare and losing the route . So have to slow down .
    Thank you Howard !🌺

  4. Margaret says:

    Thank you Howard for the timely reminders and beautiful encouragement that slow and steady does win the race!!!

  5. Chris Meyer says:

    Yeah, we miss a lot when we don’t savor life moment to moment – in fact, we pretty much miss the whole enchilada. Thank you Parkinson’s for giving me pause to reflect on this.

    “Life is what happens while we are making other plans.” – John Lennon

    “Life is what happens while we are contentedly crawling down the trail.” – Chris Meyer

  6. Sharon says:

    Thank you, Howard, for the “Okay, apparently” lesson. It is very encouraging.
    Sharon in North Carolina

  7. Mayank Patel, Greenville, SC says:

    Hi Howard,
    With much love and thanks,
    I understand the whole journey as a RECOVERY.
    Every moment is a recovery moment.
    Love to all.

  8. Jan - UK says:

    Thank you Howard – I needed help today and you came, Love Jan x

  9. Mona in India says:

    Respected Howard sir, It is 1 year since we r connected. We started with coaching on 25th Feb. I am happy and grateful to God for showing me a ray of hope in darkness of PD. I am grateful to you, an angel sent by God.🙏🏻🙏🏻 Your recent blog about the turtle story perfectly explains the Parkinson’s disease process. It motivates me to stick to the recipe, no matter how long will it take to recover. Love to my fellow sufferers. Thanks to you sir. Regards, Mona🙏🏻🙏🏻

  10. Dianna Suggs says:

    Thank you Howard. I am a “newby” to your Recipe. However since I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2002, I have consistently maintained I am recovering from this disease. My faith brought you into my life. It was as though your book found me not vice versa. The idea of the tortoise gives me pause to keep on keeping on. I tend to be high energy and forget to slow down. Thank you again for the reminder. You are a blessing to us all.

  11. Chris Meyer says:

    Why the hare never crosses the finish line and the turtle wins:

    The hare assumes that life after the finish line (the future) will be safe, stable and manageable – nothing like the ever-changing and unpredictable present (the race). So the hare never recognizes the future when it shows up as the present and keeps on racing ahead to find it.

    The turtle realizes that the surprising and constantly changing present is all we’ll ever have, embraces and accepts it. Thus he recognizes the future when it shows up looking just like the present and finishes the race when he starts.

    • Chris Meyer says:

      Epilogue –

      If you understand that now is all we’ve got, it’s a short race to the future.

      If you’re waiting for ‘your’ future to show up, it could be a while.

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