On January 1, 2023, I announced this year as the year of change. I mentioned that I realized that in order to have my full recovery, I needed to change, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Today, we will address mental change.
Mental Change. Seeing gifts where you used to see sacrifices. Seeing acceptance where you used to see resistance. Seeing life as a moving meditation where you used to see difficulty with symptoms.
Seeing gifts where you used to see sacrifices. In my last blog post, I discussed physical change, including dietary changes. In the comments, and in some conversations I have had with people on this issue, some people see their dietary changes as punishments or sacrifices. Here is the mental change in action:
“When I eat too much white, processed sugar and sugary sweets, it causes my symptoms to increase. Reducing, or eliminating white, processed sugar and sugary sweets is not a sacrifice. Since I am reducing or eliminating something from my diet that increases symptoms, I am giving myself the gift of good health.”
Seeing acceptance where you used to see resistance. Click here for seeing acceptance where you used to see resistance.
Seeing life as a moving meditation where you used to see difficulty with symptoms. The best example I can give here is from the story of the tortoise and the hare. The tortoise is recovery. The tortoise views recovery as each small advance toward the symptom-free recovery at the finish line. However, the tortoise, by its very nature, has to move slowly and steadily, treating each step like a moving meditation, and the tortoise cannot worry too much about the bumps in the road. The tortoise sees the flowers, the birds, the mountains, the sunshine, and beauty of life. The tortoise knows that every step toward the finish line is recovery, in and of itself, and the tortoise sees love and joy and laughter and gratitude and fulfillment on the entire journey. Oh, yes, and then the tortoise wins the race.
Change is not easy. However, if you make healthy changes and do them relentlessly, then the healthy changes become the rule of your life and you are able to heal your life and your Parkinson’s.
Okay! Who is willing to make these three healthy mental changes?
You are worth it!!!
All my best,