In my last blog post, I spoke of spring and autumn renewal. As part of the renewal was the reminder that this is 2021…the year of faith! One of the comments to that blog post sparked today’s discussion.
Here is an excerpt from the comment posted by our fellow warrior Val H:
“I’m sure it must be the case that dopamine is only dormant and not depleted, otherwise I wouldn’t suddenly be able to do something that I normally can’t do. For example, I recently got the urge to play Dare by the English band Gorillaz. This CD track is about 4 minutes long and all that time I was able to march and dance continuously with gay abandon. Ask me to do it today, and no way. I can only put it down to a rush of dopamine to the brain. I haven’t yet mastered how to keep the dopamine tap on – pardon me, I mean the FAUCET.“
Thank you, Val. I am grateful for your hard work on your recovery and for sharing a truly “dopamine-flowing” moment. I will tell you how to keep the dopamine faucet on…gratitude.
When people ask me am I still doing the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®, I have a simple answer: On the day of my full recovery nearly eleven years ago, I stopped doing the physical part of the Recipe because I was cured. However, the mental and spiritual lessons I learned became how I live my life.
As I have stated in the past, I am truly grateful for this life, a spirit being in a human existence. Everything that is in this life stems from the fact that I have this life. I am grateful for everything, thank you, thank you, thank you!
As I go through my day, I am constantly giving gratitude, a heart-felt “thank you” for each thing, and everything. It is a way of living gratitude. Gratitude is an expression of joy, and the gratitude and joy keep the dopamine faucet on and flowing. Gratitude and joy are like having the dopamine be a re-charging battery.
One of our fellow warriors, Jamal, sent me this 4-minute video that drives home the point in such a beautiful way that I am sharing it with all of you. Thank you, Jamal. I am grateful for your hard work on your recovery as well as for this video. To watch the video, please click the following link:
I am grateful for all of you. Thank you to each and every one of you for being here on this blog and for your hard work on your recovery. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
You are worth it!!!
All my best,