Fighting Parkinson’s, and have a drink…of water

I can hear the resounding excitement of today’s topic. Ugh! I have some new and interesting information to share with all of you that will motivate you to make water your drink of choice.

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Fighting Parkinson’s, and thank you, thank you, thank you!

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.

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Fighting Parkinson’s, and it is time for renewal

We are entering spring here in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, you are entering autumn. Either way, it is time for renewal.

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Fighting Parkinson’s, and the blog is eleven years old

Oh my, where did the time go? On March 25, 2010, eleven years ago today and six months into my Parkinson’s recovery, I began this blog. Today, I will look at from where we have come, where we are, and where we are going.

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Fighting Parkinson’s, and choosing to be cured…really!

Choosing to control your life. Choosing to be cured. Why not! Your life…your choice…really!

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Fighting Parkinson’s, and being grateful for everything

I have been talking a lot about acceptance, surrender, and gratitude. Some people have expressed to me that they are having a difficult time with the concept of acceptance surrender, and gratitude because of their body’s constant reminder of symptoms. This is unnecessary. You are healing. Be grateful…for everything!

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Fighting Parkinson’s, and change is always happening, part 2

Last week when I wrote Fighting Parkinson’s, and change is always happening, I was not anticipating a part 2. However, a question in a comment and my response to the question catapulted me into today’s blog post.

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Fighting Parkinson’s, and change is always happening

I have been writing a lot about acceptance, surrender, and gratitude as a way of living a life of faith and joy. In your recovery, this way of living requires faith that although you may see no measurable change on the outside of your body, healing change always is happening on the inside.

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Fighting Parkinson’s, and increased symptoms…and being excited!

Okay. Here we go: Acceptance. Surrender. Gratitude. Nurturing the seed of God inside you. And, what happens? Initially, you get increased symptoms. However, you need to be excited because this is an incredible sign that you are getting better!

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Fighting Parkinson’s, and growing into your recovery

In my last two blog posts, I have written a lot about acceptance, surrender, and gratitude. Yesterday, I was explaining to a person that I viewed a big part of my acceptance, surrender, and gratitude spiritual healing in the same way I viewed cultivating Sally and my gardens. Today, I will explain.

I saw my soul as the seed of God inside me that needed nurturing. As I nurtured the seed, my soul, it grew and pushed away the toxicity of my mind and body, ultimately leading to my full recovery.

Fighting Parkinson’s is a lot like cultivating our garden. To begin, we plant the seeds in the soil. The seeds are pushed down a few inches into the soil and then covered up by the soil. This is how I saw my soul…deep inside me, and covered up by the toxicity of my body and my mind.

Every day, we water the soil where we planted the seeds with the faith that all of the things happening under the soil are happening the way they are supposed to happen. We do this watering day after day after day with little or no sign of progress on the surface. Sounds a lot like Parkinson’s recovery, doesn’t it? If you are doing the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®, then you know exactly what I mean.

I am going to digress for a moment. Let’s talk about weeds. Weeds are like Parkinson’s disease. They grow under the surface and build strong root systems. We do not need to water them or care for them or fertilize them…in fact, it seems the more we ignore our garden, the happier the weeds are to invade the garden. 

And, every now and again we see a weed and think, “I really don’t feel like dealing with that weed today.” Then another weed pops up, and another and another and another. And suddenly we think, “Oh, no! Now I have to deal with these weeds taking over my garden.”

Initially, we just want to cut them at surface level because then our garden looks pretty again. However, by cutting the weeds at the surface and thinking, “Oh, I have a pretty garden, and I am happy those weeds are gone,” we are fooling ourselves. We have not solved the weed problem…we actually have enhanced it. While the weeds are “out of sight, out of mind” they are growing more roots under the soil, and when they break the surface, they are bigger and stronger than before.

And what are these weeds doing below the surface? They are overtaking the seeds and root systems of our garden. If we let this go on long enough, our garden is overcome by weeds, and our flowers and vegetable plants will not grow because they have been strangled by the weeds. We heal our garden by digging up and pulling out the weeds at their roots from deep under the soil, and we nurture our flower and vegetable seeds into plants, into blossoms, into flowers, into vegetables.

You heal yourself from Parkinson’s in the same manner, with the same determination, the same patience, the same faith, and the same nurturing. Parkinson’s recovery starts from deep within…it is where the disease, like the weeds, festered and grew undetected (and later ignored for a while), and it is deep within you where it has spread and negatively impacted your organs. 

So, where do you go from here? Start pulling the weeds and nurturing the seeds, or, in Parkinson’s terms, get on your path to recovery by doing the Recipe. The physical part of the Recipe heals and cleanses your organs. The mental part of the Recipe calms your mind and heals negative emotions.

These two parts of the Recipe prepare the soil and help eradicate some of the weeds to make room for the plants to grow. However, it is the spiritual healing that nurtures the seeds, devours the weeds, pushes the rest of the soil out of the way, and grows the plants, the flowers, and the vegetables to fruition…the releasing of your dopamine and the expression of the full radiance of your soul…the expression of the fully recovered authentic you!

When my children were young, they were disappointed the day after we planted the seeds because they would run outside with the excited expectation of seeing vegetable plants…all they saw was moist soil from the day before. Obviously, as adults, we all know that their expectations were unreasonable because a seed will not grow into a plant and produce vegetables overnight. It is the same for Parkinson’s recovery.

However, what my children did learn is that if we went outside every day with no expectation of seeing plants that day, but instead, with the understanding and faith that if we watered the spots and continued to pull the weeds that occasionally poked their heads out of the soil, that eventually we would see vegetable plants break through the soil. 

And then, we needed to continue to have love and patience and faith as we nurtured the plants and secured them to stakes and watched them blossom, and ultimately saw them provide us with vegetables.

This took weeks and months, not days. This is Parkinson’s recovery. You are the garden. Go and look in the mirror at the garden you are today, and then envision in your heart the garden you want to be.

Okay, now take the Recipe and start cultivating your garden…you need to give yourself the same love, patience, hope, and faith that you would give the seeds in the garden outside, and you need to nurture yourself on the path to recovery.

Happy Gardening! You can do this!

You are worth!!!

All my best,

Howard

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