Today on a coaching call, we were covering issues of positive emotions and negative emotions. The discussion was about how the emotions are a choice and have a snowball effect of growing exponentially based upon which you are providing energy. And then, I remembered an old post from 2015 which I now will share with all of you.
As we have discussed many times, your adrenaline-driven mind has taken control, and your “fighting Parkinson’s” is calming down that mind and opening up your your dopamine-flowing heart. Recently, I was reminded of a short story that drives home this point. Here it is.
“One evening an old Cherokee Indian told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, ‘My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all.
One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.’
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: ‘Which wolf wins?’
The old Cherokee simply relied, ‘The one you feed.’”
Which wolf are you feeding?
The “fight” against Parkinson’s by doing the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® has three components: the body (physical) part to heal your internal organs, the mind part to calm your adrenaline-driven mind, the soul part to open your dopamine-flowing heart.
Feeding the Evil Wolf is what helps bring Parkinson’s symptoms to the surface. Once you have Parkinson’s, continuing to feed the Evil Wolf exacerbates the symptoms and sends the disease in the negatively spiraling direction. All of you would agree that when you are feeling the emotions exhibited by the Evil Wolf in the story above, your symptoms appear worse.
Feeding the Good Wolf is what helps bring Parkinson’s under control all the way to your full recovery, your cure. When you calm your mind, you are starving the Evil Wolf. He does not like this because he likes being in control. So, he “bites” you in the form of a bigger tremor, more stiffness, more slowness, and some worse balance.
However, if you calm your mind, you will realize that his “bite” has no teeth. In meditation and sleep, symptoms slow down or disappear, clearly proving that if your mind is calm, then the Evil Wolf’s “bite” has no teeth and cannot hurt you…you are not getting worse.
When you open your heart to yourself and others, you are feeding the Good Wolf. Again, this is starving the Evil Wolf. This time, he “bites” you with self-judgment, self-criticism, “you are not worthy or deserving,” “you do not deserve forgiveness,” and “you must be perfect in all things.”
However, if you open your heart fully and find joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith, you will realize that his “bite” has no teeth. In meditation and sleep, symptoms slow down or disappear, clearly proving that if your heart is open to yourself and others, then the Evil Wolf’s “bite” has no teeth and cannot hurt you…you are not getting worse.
The challenge is maintaining this same calmness of mind and openness of heart in your everyday life. It is a new way of living…from your heart!
You do not “fight” Parkinson’s by beating it down with a stick. You “fight” Parkinson’s by healing your organs, calming your mind, and opening your heart…feeding the Good Wolf. And then, the Evil Wolf simple drops off, like dropping off some dirty, toxic clothes and stepping into your dopamine bath.
Which wolf are you feeding?
It is a choice.
Choose joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. Feed the Good Wolf, and watch your full recovery roll out in front of your eyes.
You can do this!
You are worth it!!!
All my best,