As I have written in recent posts, the extreme heat and Covid, other viruses, injuries, and surgeries WILL make your symptoms look worse. However, I have explained that this does not mean you are getting worse with the Parkinson’s. Some people have chosen to accept this explanation, and some have not. It is your choice.
In the last week, I sent to a person an excerpt from a previous post about how what you are thinking has a lot to do with how you are doing, and I feel that it is appropriate to re-post that information today.
“How you proceed forward in your life has a lot to do with how you proceed forward in your recovery. Since this is the case, why not choose a joyful life and follow your heart to your cure!
Suppose every thought you had sent a vibration out to the Universe, like a ripple in the pond when you drop a stone. Then suppose that the Universe did not interpret whether you liked or disliked your thought vibrations, but instead merely viewed them as: “Whatever this person is thinking about the most, he or she must want, so I will give him or her more.” Then, all of the thoughts of symptoms would bring you more symptoms, even if you were thinking how much you did not like your symptoms.
In my recovery, whatever misery I was facing, I looked at it and accepted it as necessary for my recovery. Using the same analogy, the Universe said, “Whatever Howard is thinking about the most, he must want, so I will give him more.” Since the symptoms always were there and always were changing, I constantly was thinking and saying “this is necessary for my recovery,” “this is part of my recovery,” and “this is my recovery happening,” and I knew this to be true. Changes in the symptoms (often in them looking worse) was nothing more than changes in my internal vibrations or internal changes in my electrical flow.
I was on my way to my recovery, so everything that was happening was necessary for my recovery, plain and simple. And, the Universe delivered recovery, recovery, recovery. If you are consumed with your symptoms, then chances are the Universe is delivering to you symptoms, symptoms, symptoms.
When you get angry or frustrated or fearful that your symptoms are getting worse, does it make them get better? NO! They get even worse, which kind of proves the point that focusing on your symptoms with negative emotions and fear does nothing more than bring about even worse symptoms.
It is hard for some people to understand that the more you let go of your attachment to your symptoms, the more you accept what is going on in your recovery, and the more you surrender that anybody owes you an explanation as to why your symptoms seem exacerbated that day, the better you get and the better things go for you in life.
It is the release of the ego, the drama, the lack of trust in yourself, and the self-criticisms that sets you free. It is getting out of your mind and into your heart that calms your symptoms and releases your dopamine.
Choosing to follow your heart to your cure includes choosing a joyful life and not letting your mind talk you out of your recovery. This is quite beautiful, and it works. I know many of you who are doing this already, and I am seeing it work for you, too. When you choose to view your life from a joyful heart, you feel your recovery in your life and you feel your Parkinson’s recovery in everything you say and everything you do.
When you follow your heart in choosing how to view your life, you become consumed with faith, hope, love, compassion, forgiveness, acceptance, surrender, happiness, joyfulness, contentment, and gratitude. These positive, heart-felt emotions send a beam of healing light from your heart to your head and open the dopamine faucet so you can, as our cured-from-Parkinson’s friend Marie suggests, “give your brain a lovely dopamine bath!”
Take a moment and sit with that: “give your brain a lovely dopamine bath!” Aaaahhhh….”
Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”
Howard Shifke says, “Whether you think you are getting better or you think you are getting worse, you’re right.”
You get to choose how you think and how you feel. Choose wisely.
Follow your heart all the way to your full recovery…it knows the way!
You are worth it!!!
All my best,