Happy Mid- Year, 2020!!! As we are arriving at mid-year 2020, I feel that this is a good time to remind everybody of where we started this year. It began on January 1, 2020 with this — “For each and every one of you, this is a new year, a new breath of fresh air, and a new outlook: 2020…the year of gratitude!”
As we approach mid-year, a review of where we began the year is a good place to land today. Sometimes, it appears as if nothing is changing with the Parkinson’s; day after day, it seems like every day is the same. This is not true.
When you read these words today, you will realize that so many things have occurred in your life and your recovery over the last six months that it would make your head spin just trying to think of them all. Instead of having your head spin, just sit back, inhale a deep relaxing breath, and be grateful for your life.
Please remember that the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® is a soul, mind, and body recovery protocol. I do not feel that the soul is touched by Parkinson’s. However, I feel that the soul is negatively impacted by how people feel about themselves and their situation. The soul is covered up by the toxicity of Parkinson’s in how it impacts the mind and the body.
Excerpted from my post of January 1, 2020:
“Gratitude helps you open your heart, soothe your soul, and release your dopamine. That is right…gratitude helps you open your heart, soothe your soul, and release your dopamine. First you heal your soul, and your mind and body will follow.
Okay! Are you ready to kick off 2020 with gratitude? Are you ready to defeat Parkinson’s and open your hearts and soothe your souls to your cure? Okay! I thought so. Let’s do things differently and start off 2020 turning this whole thing on its head by being grateful for Parkinson’s.
What????? Has Howard lost his mind????? Yes, I lost my over-thinking, Adrenaline-driven mind nine and half years ago as I opened my heart and soothed my soul with gratitude. I then received my cure. So, jump in with me and let’s do this together.
If you want a different result with your Parkinson’s cure than you have seen in the past, then you need to think and feel differently about what is occurring as you are doing the Recipe.
Here is one of the most frequent questions I am asked: “How am I supposed to not worry about the future when these Parkinson’s symptoms are in the forefront of my life all the time and sometimes they are increased symptoms?”
Have you ever considered giving gratitude to the Parkinson’s? If you are going to be thinking about Parkinson’s all day long, why not change the conversation with gratitude and use the Parkinson’s against itself to release your dopamine.
When your tremors increase, instead of fearing that this means something bad in the future, say, “Thank you Parkinson’s for teaching me that increased tremors means that I am increasing my internal energy as I move closer to my recovery.”
When your stiffness increases, instead of having frustration or fear, say, “Thank you Parkinson’s for forcing me to learn that sometimes when my energy shifts in my body, I will have increased stiffness.”
When you get stuck walking, instead of fearing the worst, say, “Thank you Parkinson’s for showing me that if I am calm and encouraging to myself, I can ease into taking another step.”
When you are feeling more pain, instead of being upset, anxious or fearful, say, “Thank you Parkinson’s for showing me that my brain is talking to my nerve endings because if it was not connected well, I would not be experiencing pain.”
This is a list that continues to grow as each of you is an individual who is having Parkinson’s symptoms exhibit themselves to you in a way that is personal to you. The idea is that if you are giving gratitude to Parkinson’s each time a symptoms increases, it opens your heart, soothes your soul, and releases your dopamine, and you calm your mind so you are not engaged in worry and fear of the future.
Here are some additional general gratitude statements for your Parkinson’s:
Thank you Parkinson’s for slowing me down so I can have a chance to get out of adrenaline mode.
I am grateful to you Parkinson’s for teaching me that I needed to eat healthier foods.
I am grateful to you Parkinson’s for helping me get my priorities in life back in order.
Thank you Parkinson’s for forcing me to learn Medical Qigong and the Recipe exercises so I can heal my organs.
Thank you Parkinson’s for showing that I needed to learn how to meditate to calm my over-thinking mind.
I am grateful to you Parkinson’s for making me so physically miserable that you have forced me to spend more time talking to my Higher Power.
Thank you Parkinson’s for teaching me how out of balance I had become, physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Thank you Parkinson’s for forcing me to learn acceptance and surrender.
Thank you Parkinson’s for teaching me to be grateful for the assistance others are providing me.
I am grateful to you Parkinson’s for showing me that I needed to give up my old rights of to be angry, frustrated, resentful, worrisome, fearful, stressful, anxious, unforgiving, critical, and self-critical.
I am grateful to you Parkinson’s for teaching me that I was entitled to have my new rights of joy, happiness, fearlessness, compassion, contentment, love, acceptance, forgiveness, and gratitude.
Thank you Parkinson’s for leading me down the path least traveled where I have the opportunity to learn to love myself, accept myself for the special person who I am, and to cure myself from a disease most others incorrectly think is incurable. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
To each and every one of you, thank you. I am grateful you are here on this blog and that we all are traveling down the path to your cures together, hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder, tears in our eyes, and smiles on our faces. Let’s be grateful for our lives together.
YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!
2020…the year of gratitude!
I am grateful for all of you!
Happy New Year 2020!”
Okay! Now, here we are, six months from the last time you saw those words. Have you been giving gratitude for your life over the last six months? Have you looked your Parkinson’s in the eyes and said, “I am grateful for you pointing out that my life had gotten out of balance. I am re-balancing my soul, mind, and body, so pack your bags, I am preparing to be finished with you”?
Although it may seem like nothing has changed over the last six months, here is an example of something that changed over the last six months: Our fellow warrior Elaine had her full recovery last month, probably something that seemed to her like a future dream six months ago. Apparently, everything does not stay the same even if your ego mind is trying to keep you in this illusion.
So, if you have wavered or lost your way or stopped giving gratitude over these last six months, no big deal…that is the past and it is over.
What are you doing right now, today!! Today is here, yesterday is over. No shame, no blame, no guilt. Today:
“Let’s do things differently and start off mid-year 2020 turning this whole thing on its head by being grateful for Parkinson’s” as outline above. You can do it!
You are worth it!!!
All my best,
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Dear Howard, thank you for this wonderful reminder.
We all appreciate your help and guidance so much.
Love to all,
Sharon in North Carolina
This is upside down to Parkinson🤣 . Yes, if symptoms were more, I got grumpy about it, does it work … no… it felt as if it was having the right to complain. Complaining is a grown habit in life. So, Howard shows us the way out and to change the habit Into gratefulness. There are so many tricky ways where gratitude is out of sight, and I felt like feeling empty,.. a burden. I don’t need to mention, what but when I see my way to gratitude, everything is more bright to me. Thanks Howard to remind us . 🌺🌺🌺
Tytyty so much Howard. You have such great advice. I am feeling this to be very useful and the blog information is a real life saver.
Over the past few weeks I have retreated to a very dark place and this blog and your beautiful words have shown me the way out.
I feel some light at the end of the tunnel.
Ty to all the warriors for sharing and their work.
I really appreciate the gratitude reminder. I can now step back into gratitude for the elevated symptoms. I’m getting close. I can feel it. :0)
Thank you Howard, the reminder is important…after today’s ‘black day’ you give me hope again, wonderful🙏! Elaine you are a wonderful example👍!
Thank you Howard again and again for your great inspiration. Learning to love myself and to surrender to a higher power, along with the peace I feel during my daily qigong and meditation have been the gifts of Parkinsons. I am symptom free but I’ll always have gratitude for this process and outcome. Never give up!
Love and peace to all. It’s a beautiful life.
Hallo Howard, first time I am writing. I just want to thank you for your inspiration. I have chosen to go your way and do the recovery. I stopped medication on April 17 and have not used it since. I feel I am so close to full recovery. I thank you for your faith and thank God within who is healing me from Parkinsons. I am healed.
Thank you all for your wonderful comments.
To Sharon, Petra, Paul, Dustin, and Tery & Werni, I am grateful for your continued hard work on your recoveries.
To my dear friend Elaine, thank you for continuing to comment and inspire those still on the recovery journey.
To Uwe, welcome aboard. We are happy to have you here with all of us.
To everybody reading this blog, I am grateful you are here.
To Parkinson’s, I am grateful to you as well. You were a teacher, albeit a tough teacher, who provided me the opportunity to bring my life back into balance, soul, mind, and body, and to find love, joy, compassion, acceptance, surrender, and gratitude as a healthy way of life.
With love, blessings, and gratitude,
Thank you Howard, I am grateful for the reminder! 🙂
A week or so ago I commented that the dust in our lives never settles. It now occurs to me that it indeed settles shortly after we stop stirring it up!
Here’s to hoping my fancy new gas powered (gratitude, acceptance, surrender) soul-mind-body will run a little cleaner than the old fear and anger model and quit kicking up so much dust!
Thanks to everyone for being here and writing such wonderful comments.
Thank you Howard and all you beautiful people, and thank you Parkinson’s. I know you will leave when you have taught me everything I need to know.
Hi Howard and fellow warriors!
As dark and lonely as it can get in these Parkinsons trenches sometimes it is so invigorating to have a beautiful blog like this waiting in my inbox Monday morning!
I can never hear it too much and too often – gratitude, thank you Howard !!!
I’m also immensely grateful to all my fellow warriors for sharing our journey together. Elaine thank you for your beautiful encouragement, you re-direct and remind me that recovery is just around the corner!
We are HEALING!!!!
Have a beautiful week my friends!
Life is AMAZING!! Back in January when I started coaching sessions, the idea of being grateful for my PD and symptoms was a challenge, to say the least!
Today I can say I AM GRATEFUL for my PD and my symptoms, because as I am changing my soul, mind and body, and I like myself and love myself more and more.
Thank you Howard, you are an AMAZING man! Thank you! I am Grateful!
Thank you everyone for your sharing and Howard for holding the space of recovery for us. I had a fitful night last night, could not relax or stay sleeping. I am grateful for the fact today I am so tired, I could not be in adrenaline mind and I had some great insights and journaled about some very difficult issues related to how hard I have been on myself. I also could see things related to my family. I could forgive them and reframe the experience as well. One step closer to complete recovery.
It is so wonderful to be part of this community. I am truly grateful.