I would imagine that many of you have faced, as did I, the look of ”are you crazy?“ when announcing that you were going to recover from Parkinson’s. So, today, I ask you to explore with me, are you crazy?
In a passage from Suzuki’s Not Always So, he states, “So whatever you do, just do it, without expecting anyone’s help. Don’t spoil your effort by seeking for shelter. Protect yourself and grow upright to the sky; that is all. That’s all, but it is a little bit unusual, isn’t it? Maybe we are crazy. Some people may think that we are crazy, and we may think they are crazy. It’s okay. We will find out pretty soon who is crazy.”
This sounds like some attitudes regarding you and you working on your recovery from Parkinson’s…are you crazy or are you bringing balance back to your life by taking responsibility and getting back in control of your life?
Are you crazy? Have you lost your mind thinking you can recover from Parkinson’s Disease? Dan Millman answers these questions quite well in the Peaceful Warrior: “Sometimes you have to lose your mind before you come to your senses.”
I think Suzuki and Millman are heading to the same place: Although you constantly are being told to “think outside the box,” as soon as you “think outside the Parkinson’s-conventional-Western-Medicine-approach box,” people tell you that you are crazy and have lost your minds. I say, “Good. Now that you have lost your mind, you can take responsibility and come to your senses!”
In the Suzuki passage, he spends time explaining to his students that he can provide them with the tools for sitting zazen, such as correct posture, correct mudra (special way of holding your hands), how to relax their minds, and how to breathe. However, he cannot sit zazen for them and he cannot guess how well they will do until they actually give it a try.
So he tells them, “Whatever you do, just do it, without expecting anyone’s help.” After they give it a try and confer with him, he gives them pointers on how to improve. However, he constantly reminds them that although he has provided them with the tools and he provides continual guidance, each person has the responsibility to do the activity.
This is the approach I have taken with the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®. I have provided all of the tools to do the Recipe. For those involved in Parkinson’s Coaching, I provide continual feedback and encouragement to assist in the Recipe helping you in the best way possible. However, the bottom line is this: each person has the responsibility to do the Recipe…the soul healing, mind healing, and body healing parts of the Recipe…nobody can do it for you.
To use Suzuki’s words, “That’s all, but it is a little bit unusual, isn’t it? Maybe we are crazy. Some people may think that we are crazy, and we may think they are crazy. It’s okay. We will find out pretty soon who is crazy.”
Okay. We are coming up on the weekend, so let’s be crazy together and chant for the entire world to hear:
If knowing I can recover from Parkinson’s makes me crazy, then count me in.
If doing Qigong exercises to heal my organs and cleanse my body makes me crazy, then count me in.
If changing my diet to heal and strengthen my body makes me crazy, then count me in.
If praying and meditating and reciting affirmations to calm my mind and awaken and center my spirit makes me crazy, then count me in.
If being crazy actually means coming to my senses and taking responsibility for balancing my life and recovering from Parkinson’s, then count me in.
If hanging out on this website and blog with the coolest and most courageous warriors in the world all sharing love, encouragement, compassion, joy and gratitude makes me crazy, then count me in, count me in, count me in!!!
That’s how I see it. How about you?
You are worth it!
All my best,