Fighting Parkinson’s, and looking toward 2020, part 3

In three more days, 2020 will be upon us, and I am happy to see how many of you have communicated to me how much you are looking forward to 2020 as a year of continuing recovery all the way to being cured of Parkinson’s. Please remember as you look toward 2020, there are three more recovery days available in 2019!

Although I advocate staying in the moment, I will divert a little here. Think about this: How good will it feel when you say, “I used to have Parkinson’s” or “When I had Parkinson’s.” That’s the attitude needed to fight Parkinson’s. Faith. Attitude. Action. Progress. Cure. You are worth it!

As we near the end of 2019, think about this today and on each of the next three days:
What if you decide that instead of living Parkinson’s symptoms, you are going to live your life.
What if you decide that instead of thinking about the Recipe, you are going to do the Recipe.
What if you decide that instead of living Parkinson’s disease, you are going to live Parkinson’s recovery by living your life in the best possible manner as if you already are cured.
What if you decide that you are leaving a part of the “old Parkinson’s you” in 2019, so it will no longer be with you as you become the “new curing-yourself you” in 2020.
And, what if you decide that you will be looking at Parkinson’s with this new view: “Parkinson’s is a symptom of my life out of balance, and I can repair the imbalances and be cured of Parkinson’s!”

Let’s do this together. Starting today, and until the end of 2019, repeat:

“I have the power to heal myself. I am so much more than Parkinson’s symptoms. I am alive, and I am my own cure! I am a special being simply because I exist. Parkinson’s is nothing more than a symptom. It is a symptom that my life got out of balance, and I can repair the imbalances and be cured of Parkinson’s. I refuse to allow appearances in my physical symptoms to make me fearful. Fear is a choice. Faith is a choice. I choose Faith. I am Fearless. I am recovery. I am worth it!”

2. “I have the power to heal myself. I am so much more than Parkinson’s symptoms. I am alive, and I am my own cure! I am a special being simply because I exist. Parkinson’s is a symptom of my life out of balance. As a result of doing the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®, I am bringing my physical body back into balance, I am bringing my mind back into balance, and I am bringing my spirit back into balance. I choose Faith. I am Fearless. I am recovery. I am worth it!”

3. “I have the power to heal myself. I am so much more than Parkinson’s symptoms. I am alive, and I am my own cure! I am a special being simply because I exist. Parkinson’s is a symptom of my life out of balance. I say “Okay” as my way of accepting that my cure is real. I say “Okay” as my way of accepting that my fear is actually False Evidence Appearing Real, nothing more than a thought created by my mind about some future event that may or may not take place. I say “Okay” as my way of accepting that my faith is real. Okay. Okay. Okay. I choose Faith. I am Fearless. I am recovery. I am worth it!”

YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

All my best,

Howard

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Fighting Parkinson’s, and looking toward 2020, part 2

In four more days, 2020 will be upon us, and I am happy to see how many of you have communicated to me how much you are looking forward to 2020 as a year of continuing recovery all the way to being cured of Parkinson’s. Please remember as you look toward 2020, there are four more recovery days available in 2019!

Although I advocate staying in the moment, I will divert a little here. Think about this: How good will it feel when you say, “I used to have Parkinson’s” or “When I had Parkinson’s.” That’s the attitude needed to fight Parkinson’s. Faith. Attitude. Action. Progress. Cure. You are worth it!

As we near the end of 2019, think about this today and on each of the next four days:
What if you decide that instead of living Parkinson’s symptoms, you are going to live your life.
What if you decide that instead of thinking about the Recipe, you are going to do the Recipe.
What if you decide that instead of living Parkinson’s disease, you are going to live Parkinson’s recovery by living your life in the best possible manner as if you already are cured.
What if you decide that you are leaving a part of the “old Parkinson’s you” in 2019, so it will no longer be with you as you become the “new curing-yourself you” in 2020.
And, what if you decide that you will be looking at Parkinson’s with this new view: “Parkinson’s is a symptom of my life out of balance, and I can repair the imbalances and be cured of Parkinson’s!”

Let’s do this together. Starting today, and until the end of 2019, repeat:

“I have the power to heal myself. I am so much more than Parkinson’s symptoms. I am alive, and I am my own cure! I am a special being simply because I exist. Parkinson’s is nothing more than a symptom. It is a symptom that my life got out of balance, and I can repair the imbalances and be cured of Parkinson’s. I refuse to allow appearances in my physical symptoms to make me fearful. Fear is a choice. Faith is a choice. I choose Faith. I am Fearless. I am recovery. I am worth it!”

2. “I have the power to heal myself. I am so much more than Parkinson’s symptoms. I am alive, and I am my own cure! I am a special being simply because I exist. Parkinson’s is a symptom of my life out of balance. As a result of doing the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®, I am bringing my physical body back into balance, I am bringing my mind back into balance, and I am bringing my spirit back into balance. I choose Faith. I am Fearless. I am recovery. I am worth it!”

YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

All my best,

Howard

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Fighting Parkinson’s, and looking toward 2020

In five more days, 2020 will be upon us, and I am happy to see how many of you have communicated to me how much you are looking forward to 2020 as a year of continuing recovery all the way to being cured of Parkinson’s. Please remember as you look toward 2020, there are five more recovery days available in 2019!

Although I advocate staying in the moment, I will divert a little here. Think about this: How good will it feel when you say, “I used to have Parkinson’s” or “When I had Parkinson’s.” That’s the attitude needed to fight Parkinson’s. Faith. Attitude. Action. Progress. Cure. You are worth it!

In 2009, as I neared the end of the year, I did not view 2010 as something that was going to be as spectacular as it turned out…cured of Parkinson’s on June 12, 2010. I knew I would be cured some day in the future, and I knew I needed to do the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® every day, but I had anticipated that it would take two or three years to reach my cure.

By not having an expectation of when I would reach my cure, I was able to focus on what I did each day in furtherance of being cured…December 31, 2009 was not a whole lot different than January 1, 2010…but I was okay with that.

I was not attached to the day-to-day review of physical symptoms. I was not attached to the day-to-day “am I feeling better or worse than yesterday” assessment. I was not attached to my Parkinson’s physical limitations. I accepted them as something that would be there as I was healing my soul, mind, and body from the inside. It was this understanding of recovery that allowed me to be in the moment of recovery, each moment, moment by moment.

My goal was to be cured of Parkinson’s, and I had a plan in place to achieve the goal. My goal each day was to do the soul, mind, and body parts of the Recipe. My goal each day was to do the Qigong exercises and eat healthy foods. My goal each day was to meditate and focus on my breathing. My goal each day was to spend time with my Higher Power expressing gratitude, opening my heart and finding joy and love.

I realized that the best way to reach the ultimate “being cured of Parkinson’s” ending was to focus on the journey. I knew if I could reach a place of enjoying this journey called life no matter what was happening to my physical being, then I would be in the best position to simply accept what was happening and learn to enjoy the journey.

As we near the end of 2019, think about this today and on each of the next four days:
What if you decide that instead of living Parkinson’s symptoms, you are going to live your life.
What if you decide that instead of thinking about the Recipe, you are going to do the Recipe.
What if you decide that instead of living Parkinson’s disease, you are going to live Parkinson’s recovery by living your life in the best possible manner as if you already are cured.
What if you decide that you are leaving a part of the “old Parkinson’s you” in 2019, so it will no longer be with you as you become the “new curing-yourself you” in 2020.
And, what if you decide that you will be looking at Parkinson’s with this new view: “Parkinson’s is a symptom of my life out of balance, and I can repair the imbalances and be cured of Parkinson’s!”

Let’s do this together. Starting today, and until the end of 2019, repeat:

“I have the power to heal myself. I am so much more than Parkinson’s symptoms. I am alive, and I am my own cure! I am a special being simply because I exist. Parkinson’s is nothing more than a symptom. It is a symptom that my life got out of balance, and I can repair the imbalances and be cured of Parkinson’s. I refuse to allow appearances in my physical symptoms to make me fearful. Fear is a choice. Faith is a choice. I choose Faith. I am Fearless. I am recovery. I am worth it!”

YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

All my best,

Howard

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Fighting Parkinson’s, and the strength of your faith!

The words “You have Parkinson’s” evoke fear is almost everybody who hears those words. In large part, this is because what follows those words is a blur of words like “incurable,” “progressively degenerative,” “neurological disease,” “don’t know what causes it,” and “our treatment will not slow, halt or reverse the disease.” Emotional stress, hopelessness, despair…those are the feelings on the way home from the neurologist’s office…and fear…all of those feelings are driven by fear. IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE THAT WAY. FAITH IS A CHOICE. CHOOSE FAITH, AND CHOOSE TO BE YOUR OWN CURE!!!

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Fighting Parkinson’s, and recovery is a choice…really!

In life, many things are decided for us. However, there still are certain things over which we have control to make our own choices. Recovery from Parkinson’s is one of those things. Let that soak in: Recovery from Parkinson’s is a choice…really!

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Fighting Parkinson’s, and being in the present moment NOW!, part 2

Last week, I discussed being in the present moment. It is what is real. Today, we will take the discussion a little deeper into how you can practice being in the present moment NOW!

On December 1st, I asked you to take a look at how you had done in November and utilize what you learned to build a stronger recovery in the moment NOW. Many people have told me that while doing the November Challenge, they felt very good because they had set aside the time to do the reduced version of the Recipe every day.

Okay. Now let’s build upon the lesson: “It is okay for me to set aside time to work on my recovery.” Next baby step: “It is okay for me to set aside time to do something nice for me.”

The something nice can be as simple as setting aside time to read a book or sitting with a cup of coffee or tea and doing nothing other than staring out the window into nature. These are the things that will help you calm down the adrenaline-driven mind that tells you that you always have to be doing something “productive.”

Guess what? If you are reading a book, that is productive — you are calming your mind and being fully engaged in the moment in reading. It allows for acceptance of you as you are, not just acceptance of you if you are achieving or performing something.

Drinking a cup of coffee or tea and doing nothing other than staring out the window into nature is being productive — you are relaxing and “doing nothing” while learning to feel okay about it. It allows for acceptance of you as you are, not just acceptance of you if you are achieving or performing something.

These are the mental and spiritual “lessons learned” from doing the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® that you carry into your everyday life to help you cure yourself from Parkinson’s and to help you live a healthy life after you are cured.

In the last post, I wrote: “When I became cured of Parkinson’s, I stopped doing the physical part of the Recipe because I no longer needed it. However, the mental and spiritual lessons I learned in my recovery have carried forward for the last nine and a half years as how I live my life…I live my cure in the way I live my life.”

Here is an example for you of how those lessons learned have carried forward in my life. On Wednesday morning, two days ago, I sat down at my computer to begin my day responding to emails. I have an Apple Mac laptop and I use Microsoft 365 Office for my office programs.

My email program Outlook did not open. The programs Excel and Word did not open. Although I thought I was going to be working on emails, the Universe had a different plan. Because of the lessons learned in my recovery, instead of being fearful of none of the programs opening and being angry and frustrated over the situation, I said, “Okay, what am I going to do about this?”

First, I re-started my computer…that did not work. Second, I went on the Internet to see if others were having this problem, and I found many very technical solutions that people were suggesting and opted not to do them. Third, I asked for help.

I went to Apple Support and clicked the link for an online chat. Here it is:

“Thanks for contacting Apple Support. My name is India. Please give me a moment to look over your information.

·          Good Morning! How are you?

·          Hi India. I am fine. How are you? I have Microsoft 365 from the App Store and this morning none of it will open, Outlook, Word, Excel. They stopped working. Please help. Thank you. Howard

·          Great to hear! I’m doing awesome today, thanks Howard.

·          Nice to hear 🙂

·          Ah we know how important it is to enjoy your Apple apps properly. We’ll totally guide you to a prompt resolution or pointed in the right direction for it. 🙂

·          Do you get any error messages or alerts and if so can you share it with us please?

·          Hi India. You must be an angel. I have not gotten any of it to open in the last half hour, and when I clicked to tell you if there is an error message, all of them opened. I am not computer illiterate and I know what I am doing, even though you might think I am having user error. So, have you seen this before and do you know if there is anything I can do to prevent it from happening again? Thanks. Howard

·          Aww thanks I really appreciate you and you made my day!! 🙂

·          Sure, if it happens again see if you get any error messages to provide and try restarting the Mac. 🙂

·          So glad they are opening now, woot!

·          Maybe I was just needing a message from the Universe that computers are not perfect and neither am I, and that it is okay to ask for help 🙂 As soon as I asked for help and you arrived, problems solved by themselves. Thank you for being my angel today. Have a great day!

·          Sounds good to me too and it was my pleasure Howard! 🙂 Thanks for being part of the Creative Apple Family and you have yourself a beautiful day. Happy Holidays! Thanks a bunch as well!

·          Happy Holidays to you as well, India! Good bye 🙂

·          Thank you. 🙂 Bye, bye.”

Prior to Parkinson’s, I felt I needed to have every answer to every question, every solution to every problem, and that asking for help was a failure, a sign of weakness. How foolish was I. This way of thinking helped me become ill.

In my recovery, I learned that being vulnerable is okay. I need to repeat this: BEING VULNERABLE IS OKAY! Actually, being vulnerable is not only okay, but it is necessary for being healthy. None of us is perfect and none of us should ever be afraid to ask for help.

And, none of us should be afraid to let somebody who helps us know that the person is an angel:

“Maybe I was just needing a message from the Universe that computers are not perfect and neither am I, and that it is okay to ask for help 🙂 As soon as I asked for help and you arrived, problems solved by themselves. Thank you for being my angel today. Have a great day!”

Lessons learned.

Have a beautiful weekend, baby step by baby step, moment by moment, in the moment NOW!

You are worth it!!!

All my best,

Howard

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Fighting Parkinson’s, and being in the present moment NOW!

Last month, I made a big push with my November to Remember, No Excuses November, 30-day challenge 2019 to do a modified version of the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® for 30 days. The 30 days ended yesterday, November 30, 2019. So, what’s next? Where do you go from here?

Yesterday was November 30, 2019 and today is December 1, 2019. We have a way of putting labels and limits on our lives based upon what somebody at some previous time decided was correct. Theoretically, if somebody’s decision had been different, today would be November 31, 2019. What I am trying to point out to you is that much of what we think is real is a script written by somebody else, and we have been following the script and its rules without question.

If you want to be cured of Parkinson’s, then today, you need to begin breaking the rules, clearing out the illusions, and writing your own script of where you want to go in your life and your recovery. It is time to choose to start truly being your cure and living your cure!

When I became cured of Parkinson’s, I stopped doing the physical part of the Recipe because I no longer needed it. However, the mental and spiritual lessons I learned in my recovery have carried forward for the last nine and a half years as how I live my life…I live my cure in the way I live my life.

Okay! Grab some faith. Faith says “I know I am going to be cured of Parkinson’s, and I will do the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® every day until I am cured!” That’s it! So, what are you doing in the moment NOW?

Ask yourself, what did I learn during the November Challenge? Did you learn to accept that when doing the physical part of the Recipe, your best is good enough? Did you learn each day to meditate and calm your mind a little? Did you learn to make a gratitude list that you can look back upon and be grateful and joyful?

Did you learn that it felt so good to do the Recipe, to set aside that time for yourself, to stay off of the Internet and not be researching things that you are not doing and that never have cured a person from Parkinson’s, and to make a gratitude list, and that these are the things you are continuing to do in the moment NOW? Good for you!!! Keep it going.

Baby steps. November was 30 days in life. Life keeps going and it is a continuing journey. When you were young, you took baby steps and were joyful about them…”Look at me, I am walking.” Do you look at your walking now and complain how poor it is or difficult it is?

How about looking at each thing you did in November and each thing you are doing now as baby steps in the present moment NOW, and be joyful…”Look at me, I am _____!” (Fill in the blank and be joyful about whatever it is you are doing). Even if you are relaxing and sitting and doing nothing at all…”Look at me, I am sitting here doing nothing at all, and that is okay. I am joyful!” That is faith!!

Where is your mind? Is it looking back at November thinking good thoughts? Is it looking back at November thinking self-criticizing thoughts about how you did with the 30-day challenge or whether you did it at all? Is it looking forward with excitement? Is it looking forward with fear?

As you can see, the mind pulls you away from what is going on NOW! What is going on right now is you are reading this post with your fellow travelers on this path to your cure…be in the moment, gather strength and perseverance from each other, connect to each other through the universal energy…draw energy from inside yourself, share it with the others, and draw their energy into you as you feel this moment, NOW!

And smile. We all are in this life together. We are drawn here together for a reason. Being as we all are here together, why not make the most of it and help ourselves by helping each other.

Where is your mind? When you are sharing the universal energy with each other, bringing yourself into the moment NOW, and feeling each other’s love and compassion, you cannot answer the question “where is your mind,” because your mind leaves, and your heart controls the moment.

Yes, when you are in the moment NOW, you are in your heart, and for that flicker in the moment NOW, your mind does not exist in the past or in the future…there is no judgment, no regret, no criticism, no fear…no deceptive, illusion-filled, Adrenaline-driven mind.

In the moment NOW, as we gather together and feel each other’s presence, there is love, joy, compassion, contentment, gratitude, forgiveness, happiness, and simply being. That is living your cure, NOW!

Where is my mind? I do not know. I am in my heart, NOW.

And, where is your mind? The more you are in your heart, in the moment NOW, the more you will be able to answer the question “where is your mind?” with the answer “I do not know.”

Today is December 1, 2019. How about that. What are you doing in the moment NOW?

How about letting go of your over-thinking mind in favor of your loving, compassionate heart. How about making the commitment to yourself to cure yourself from Parkinson’s, and then living your cure in all you do, physically, mentally, and spiritually…joyfully taking baby steps, one step at a time, and feeling in your heart: “Look at me. I am special simply because I exist in this moment NOW!”

You can do this. I know you can!

You are worth it!!!

All my best,

Howard

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Fighting Parkinson’s, and tomorrow is the final day of the 30-day challenge 2019

As we enter the final days of my November to Remember, No Excuses November, 30-day challenge 2019, I am happy to have heard that many of you had very positive experiences this month, including when seeing family and friends yesterday for the Thanksgiving holiday. This is quite wonderful. So, you wonder, what’s next after November?

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Fighting Parkinson’s, and kindness, compassion, and Thanksgiving 2019

Congratulations — you are getting close to the last week of the November to Remember, No Excuses November, 30-day Challenge 2019 to do the scaled-down version of the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®. Also, here in the States, we are preparing for Thanksgiving on next Thursday. For many, it will be a time for seeing relatives and friends. There is much for which to be thankful, and I feel we all know this. However, a big part of making this Thanksgiving holiday wonderful and memorable, is the addition of one ingredient that you do not eat…compassion…for others and for yourself.

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Fighting Parkinson’s, and living your life…now!

Today is the 19th day of my 30-day November to Remember, No Excuses November, Challenge 2019! Click here to review the challenge. At this point in time ten years ago, I was not doing very well. Here is an excerpt from my Parkinson’s daily journal from ten years ago today:

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