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For me, today is a blessed day filled with gratitude, acceptance, and surrender. It is the day I woke up nine years ago, Parkinson’s gone, life back in balance…cured.

In my recovery, I learned a lot about gratitude, acceptance, and surrender. I became completely grateful for my life, even one that temporarily had a body with Parkinson’s symptoms. My soul was untouched by Parkinson’s, and I was grateful that my soul was in a human body.

I learned to accept whatever was happening as necessary in my life and my recovery. And, I learned to surrender that I was not owed an explanation as to why the things were happening in my life…”Okay. Apparently this is supposed to be happening or it would not be happening.”

Nine years after my final surrender and awakening, cured of Parkinson’s, I live my life following these lessons.

This is why Parkinson’s does not come back after one is cured doing the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®. Once you learn the lessons and have your recovery, your attitude and behavior reflect the “lessons learned” and you never have to learn them again. Faith, attitude, action, progress, recovery!!! It is the “life back in balance” formula.

Full acceptance and surrender of what is going on in life looks like this for me: “Okay! Apparently, I was supposed to get Parkinson’s, so I could cure myself, so I could find my purpose, so I could serve all of you.” Today is a day of gratitude!

I am grateful to all of you for your hard work and dedication in taking the path less traveled and knowing that you can recover from Parkinson’s. I am grateful to all of you for helping me fulfill my purpose.

I am grateful for my children, Steven, Genevieve, and Victoria. You have grown into loving, caring, beautiful adults. You make Mom and me proud everyday. I couldn’t have done it without your love and support in helping me around the house and not giving up on your dad. Thank you. I love you.

And, I am grateful for Sally, the love of my life…what a journey it has been and continues to be. Thank you for holding me for 31 years and never letting go. Thank you for holding me extra hard when I had Parkinson’s. Thank you for holding my hand as we took our most recent leap of faith, leaping 3,000 miles from Florida to Oregon three years ago…what a glorious journey. How wonderful it has been since we moved. I love you!

Yes, today I am nine years cured of Parkinson’s. I am grateful, I am grateful, I am grateful!

You can do this too!

You are worth it!!!

All my best,

Howard

Note: Don’t forget, I am providing a special offer of a discounted cost for Parkinson’s Coaching if you sign up by the end of June. Click here to learn more about Parkinson’s Coaching, including how to sign up for the Parkinson’s Coaching Package with the special offer.

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With Parkinson’s, many of you have gotten used to not relying on yourself. I was trying to think of a way to express my feelings on this issue, and I decided it was time to go back to Oz as the place to re-energize the “self-reliance for recovery” conversation.

When first you are confronted with Parkinson’s, you are scared and we feel lost, much like how Dorothy felt when she landed in Oz. Parkinson’s is a strange territory outside your comfort zone and you lose confidence in who you are and what you should do. So, what do you do?

Initially, you are not certain what to do, so, like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, you follow a path with the hope of finding the answers from somebody at the end of the path. Along the way, Dorothy asks a scarecrow with no brain what he thinks she should do, and Dorothy asks a tin man with no heart how she should feel, and Dorothy asks a lion with no courage how she should be brave on her journey.

Clearly, she has lost confidence in herself…truly she is lost. She is so lost that she is willing to take a ride from a complete stranger who is supposed to fly her back to twister-ridden Kansas using a hot air balloon.

Finally, Glinda tells Dorothy that she had the power to go home the entire time. Dorothy had the power to heal herself. My best guess is that if you go to the store and buy some ruby slippers, click your heels three times and say, “I don’t want Parkinson’s, I don’t want Parkinson’s, I don’t want Parkinson’s,” you still will have Parkinson’s.

However, what if you say to yourself, “I have the power to heal myself.” “I have the power to heal myself.” “I have the power to heal myself.” And then you do something about it…you genuinely rely on yourself with the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®. You pick your Recipe soul, mind, and body recovery path, you get on your path, and you do not leave your path until you have recovered from Parkinson’s Disease.

Along the way many people will have an opinion about what you should do, and they all mean well. However, as a person once said to me, “My naturopath recommended what I should do, my yoga instructor recommended what I should do, my Qigong instructor recommended what I should do, and none of the recommendations were the same. It occurred to me that at the end of the day, I was the only one of the four of us who was going home with Parkinson’s Disease, so I might as well rely on myself for what I should do.”

And while you are relying on yourself to make this decision to do the Recipe and head down your recovery path, know that you are supported. Yes, supported. You are part of a world-wide community of courageous warriors doing the Recipe.

Feel assured that when you are doing the physical part of the Recipe, somebody else is doing it with you. When you are meditating, somebody else is doing it with you. When you are doing spiritual work, you are being connected to your Higher Self, and through the Universal Energy, we are being connected to each other. Yes, being connected to each other in the soul, mind, and body recovery Recipe…being, just being…all together as one strong force of recovery.

Years ago I saw an ad for a motivational seminar, and the catch-phrase is applicable here. It said:

“There are three kinds of people in life:
Those who make things happen.
Those who watch things happen.
And those who say, ‘What just happened?’
Which one are you???”

All of you know which one you need to be if you want to recover from Parkinson’s…let’s MAKE THINGS HAPPEN!

WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW? How about grabbing hold of the Recipe, taking a dose of confidence and self-reliance, and heading down your path to your full recovery. You deserve it! Don’t you agree?

You are worth it!!!

All my best,

Howard

Note: Don’t forget, I am providing a special offer of a discounted cost for Parkinson’s Coaching if you sign up by the end of June. Click here to learn more about Parkinson’s Coaching, including how to sign up for the Parkinson’s Coaching Package with the special offer.

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On June 12, 2019, I will be nine years with no Parkinson’s symptoms. Nine years with no Parkinson’s Disease. I am cured. I am joyful. I am grateful.

As I have been asked in the past, recently I have been asked a couple of questions to the effect of: “Will you be offering reduced-cost coaching again in celebration of being nine years symptom free? If so, can you offer it at the beginning of the month of June so I can sign up and get started right away at the reduced cost?” My answers have been simple: “Yes. Yes.”

This leads me to the point of fear…and faith. There are people who are afraid to “jinx” themselves by doing the very thing I am doing here today. That is the epitome of fear. I am celebrating nine years of being cured from Parkinson’s thirteen days in advance of the “official” day. That is faith!

Faith in my life. Faith in my Higher Power. Faith in my cure. For those of you who are new to this website and blog, I say cure because I did the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® and became symptom free…and I stopped doing the physical part of the Recipe. The mental and spiritual parts of the Recipe became how I live my life. In the last nine years, the only time I have done the physical part of the Recipe is to prepare for a workshop. No symptoms have returned, and they won’t. That is faith. That is cure.

I have been doing Parkinson’s Coaching full time for nearly nine years, and for the opportunity to work with those of you who have signed up for coaching, I am grateful.

In celebration of my being nine years cured from Parkinson’s, I have an offer for you to help make Parkinson’s Coaching more accessible. I offered this same offer last year and it went well for quite a few of you.

If you sign up by June 30, 2019 for my Parkinson’s Coaching Package, the cost of your first cycle of coaching conferences will be $350. That is a 30% reduction from the regular cost of $500.

The Parkinson’s Coaching Package includes:
Four one-hour conferences with me, by phone, Skype, FaceTime, What’sApp Video, Zoom Video, or in person; and

Unlimited email communication with 24-hour or less response time.

With this first cycle of Parkinson’s Coaching $350 offer, you will receive the full Parkinson’s Coaching Package as if you had paid the regular full cost of $500.

Here is a little more information about my Parkinson’s Coaching. As you know, I have provided you with the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® at no cost. Many of you have posted comments about how you are doing with the Recipe, and many of you have emailed me that you are working on it. That is great. What I have learned from many who I am coaching is that it is not the starting the Recipe that is the hard part, it is the sticking with it that is the hard part.

A large part of the inability to stick with it is not understanding fully what you are experiencing. With Parkinson’s Coaching, we are in continuous communication so you can better understand what is going on with your symptoms and your recovery. I can relate what is happening with you to my own experience and coaching experience, and can provide you with the explanations, comfort, and continuing support to keep you on your path to your recovery.

Click here to learn more about Parkinson’s Coaching, including how to sign up for the Parkinson’s Coaching Package with the special offer.

On June 12, 2019, I will be nine years with no Parkinson’s symptoms. Nine years with no Parkinson’s Disease. I am cured. I am joyful. I am grateful.

“I have the power to heal myself.” And I did.
“You have the power to heal yourself.” Marie did, and you are.
“You have the power to heal yourself.” Pratima did, and you are.
“You have the power to heal yourself.” Betty did, and you are.
“You have the power to heal yourself.” Helen did, and you are.
“You have the power to heal yourself.” Tony did, and you are.
“Together we have the power to heal the world.” When there are enough of us fully recovered as a result of the Recipe, we will have the power to heal the world from Parkinson’s.

You are worth it!!!

All my best,

Howard

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The last couple of blog posts have sparked a conversation in my coaching calls and in emails people have sent to me: “I am special simply because I exist? I am radiant? How is this possible?” Today, you get a reminder of how this is possible.

Here is where people have gotten stuck over the last two weeks in their recovery. I have written, “You have to decide, as presented in my last blog post, that you are special simply because you exist. And, if anybody does not accept you based upon who you are instead of how you look, then the problem is their problem, not your problem.”

This is the issue of self-acceptance, self-love. If you do not love yourself, then you do not think that your best is good enough. If you do not think that your best is good enough, then you do not feel worthy and deserving of your full recovery because whatever you did was not “good enough” to justify your full recovery. Love yourself and just let go.

I feel that each of us is part of the greater whole. Our mind creates an illusion that we are separate, and that we are not good enough or perfect enough, and we feel unworthy and undeserving. It fills us with fear and makes unreasonable demands of how we are supposed to act in life. That is the mind that needs to be surrendered in the end.

If you drop one drop of poison into the Atlantic Ocean, I do not believe the Atlantic Ocean even notices. It is so vast that the one drop of poison instantly becomes part of the whole.

The Universe is exponentially more vast than the Atlantic Ocean. And, your internal Parkinson’s “poison” is so small compared to the vastness of God and the Universe. In the final surrender, it is letting go of the poison within you and sharing in God’s Universal Energy, His healing energy…opening up and literally becoming one with everything.

It is a sense of belonging, a sense that nothing is wrong with you, a sense that all will be well. And when you let go, the Parkinson’s ceases to exist. You go from illness to health, just like that.

When you love yourself, you accept that your best is good enough. When you accept that your best is good enough, then you accept that what you have done in your recovery is enough, thus making you worthy and deserving of your full recovery.

Love melts all remaining blockages. Let go and surrender your over-thinking mind and set yourself free.

You are worth it!!!

All my best,

Howard

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In my last post, I explained that each and every one of you is special simply because you exist. There is a part of all of you that will resist this notion, but you have to realize that it is this resistance that exacerbates many of the imbalances in the symptom known as Parkinson’s.

I have discussed in the past that there is nothing wrong with you in your soul, your spirit, your essence. However, I have been asked how does one have Parkinson’s symptoms and not care about them. One of the main ways to do this is to know that you are not your symptoms.

We are raised and marketed that what is important is on the outside…how we appear to the others. We strive to have accomplishments so that the others can objectively judge us as successful, and we never wish to look anything but perfect on the outside.

This is one of the main things that causes us to lose our way. We stray from our spirit when our mind tells us that our physical appearance is what matters most. This is just another lie our mind tells us.

What matters most is who were are in our soul, our spirit, our essence. Our outside appearance will constantly be changing in our life. Parkinson’s brings this issue to a head…we are provided an outward appearance that makes us feel unacceptable.

The issue is, though, that something inside us felt unacceptable already. The PD just put a spotlight on it. So, even though the issue appears to be how to have PD symptoms and not care about them, the real issue is how to be less than perfect and still be able to present ourselves in public.

You have to decide, as presented in my last blog post, that you are special simply because you exist. And, if anybody does not accept you based upon who you are instead of how you look, then the problem is their problem, not your problem.

And, part of why you are struggling is because you still are having a hard time forgiving others who have wronged you and forgiving yourself for being less than perfect.

This is a very hard issue, forgiveness. If you were a helium balloon and wanted to experience your full potential, but you were tied by a cord to a pole, what would you do? Detach from the pole…cut the cord of attachment to the past and set yourself free to soar just as you are…a beautiful, healthy soul…the genuine, authentic, real-self you.

Okay everybody, let’s chant this together as there is more strength in numbers:

“I am doing the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® and I am curing myself from Parkinson’s.
I am forgiving unconditionally all those who warrant my forgiveness, including myself, and I am detaching from the burdens I have been carrying in my life.
I am looking inside myself and learning that I am special simply because I exist.
I am radiant in my soul, my essence, my real self.
Like a helium ballon tethered to the post, I am cutting the cord and soaring so that I may experience my true potential and healing.
I am my Parkinson’s cure. I am worth it!”

Yes, yes, yes, you are radiant!!!

And, you are worth it!

All my best,

Howard

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Many people believe, as did I when I had Parkinson’s, that they are special based upon achievement and performance. When the Parkinson’s reduces the ability to achieve and perform, many people lose confidence in themselves, and their self-worth plummets. What you need to know is that you are special simply because you exist!

In November of 2017, I wrote a book entitled, “Fighting Parkinson’s…and Winning.” To understand just how special you are simply because you exist, it would be helpful to re-read pages 98-113 in the book. If you have the Kindle version, it is near the end of Part Two in a section entitled, “I viewed the healing of my soul primarily as a 4-step process.” Then read the next section about gratitude to the end of Part Two. 

If you do not have the book, you can click here and purchase a paperback or download a Kindle ebook from Amazon.

To assist all of you, here is an excerpt from my book:

I understood in my heart and soul that I was uniquely me. It was not my accomplishments that made me special. It was not straight A’s that made me special. It was not hitting the home runs or scoring the most points or getting the lead in the play or the solo in band that made me special. It was not the great job that made me special, or the promotions or the raises, or the leadership positions I held that made me special. It was not the schools I attended or the degrees I obtained that made me special.

My thinking for almost all of my life had been that these were the things that made me special. However, that type of thinking was nothing more than the illusions I had created in my mind. I felt that I needed to be an over-achieving perfectionist in order to be special…in order to be accepted and liked and loved.

I had gotten the impression that acceptance, being liked, and being loved was based upon performance and achievement. This was because no matter how hard I tried and no matter what were my achievements, it never seemed to be good enough.

In my recovery, I understood that my achievements had been more than enough. However, I gleaned that the people from whom I was seeking approval, being liked, and being loved had been incapable of expressing these things to me as a result of their own life issues.

Ultimately, this brought me to a place of not approving of myself as well as not liking or loving myself. I felt that my best was not good enough. The people who had given me this impression had moved on in life. However, I was the one who had gotten stuck internalizing unhealthy feelings about myself.

Then, I broke free and became liberated. I understood that I was special simply because I existed.

Every one of you is special simply because you exist!

You are worth it!!!

All my best,

Howard

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In “Fighting Parkinson’s, and your personal vibration” we discussed the beneficial ripple effect of your positive vibration out into the world. Today, we will take this positive vibration to the next level.

When diagnosed with Parkinson’s, here is what most of us are told: You have a progressively degenerative disease of which we do not know the cause and for which there is no cure. We can give you medications to help with your symptoms, but they do not help you get better.

As a result of this diagnosis and prognosis, many people’s personal vibration becomes fear, anger, emotional stress, and anxiety. They feel that there is no chance of recovery, and this negative vibration becomes their ripple out to the Universe.

I chose to look at Parkinson’s this way: Parkinson’s was a symptom that my life had become out of balance, physically, mentally, and spiritually. I would do the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® to bring balance back into my life, and once I balanced my soul, mind, and body, the symptom known as Parkinson’s would go away.

In September of 2012, I wrote about it like this:

“Three years ago today, I got my final wake up call, my body’s final notification to make me sit up and take notice that there was something dreadfully wrong with me…tremors. As I pointed out recently, for the previous 7 or 8 months, I had received polite, and not-so-polite, notifications that my physical body was falling into disrepair. I chose to ignore these. Tremors got my attention. I have discussed that the symptoms are not the problem, but instead, they are the messages that there is a problem, so we have to look behind them as to why we have them. This morning I realized that Parkinson’s is a symptom…a message that says, ‘your life is out of balance.’

Parkinson’s…the symptom reflecting a life out of balance. Physically, you are off balance. You move slowly and cautiously, often looking down instead of forward. What does that do? It puts your body in a posture that makes it virtually impossible to walk balanced. Your neck is bent, your spine is bent, the fluid in your semicircular canals is moved, and your visual frame of reference (important for balance) is your legs or the floor, and you acquire what is often referred to as a Parkinson’s gait. Mentally, you then become off balance because you are afraid of falling or freezing, and you are afraid of the future with Parkinson’s. This is right where Parkinson’s wants you…not living in the moment, but instead living in the past (getting Parkinson’s) and being fearful of the future (life with long-term Parkinson’s). Spiritually, you give up hope that you ever will get better. At that point Parkinson’s is winning.

Essentially, when you stare at your legs and feel unbalanced, you are looking at the past. When you feel unbalanced, you fear the future. How can you move forward in life in a balanced manner if you are staring backwards and it makes you fearful of where you are going? Faith.

Faith in yourself that you are the cure to Parkinson’s, and that you can see your recovery through to the end. Yes, that carries a lot of responsibility, but you have help. You have the Recipe for Recovery. The Recipe for Recovery is your road map to bring your soul, mind, and body back into balance.

Over time in my recovery, I came to see Parkinson’s as a grand opportunity to fix the things in my life that had gone out of balance. The Recipe provided me with the physical tools to re-balance my body, the mental tools to calm my mind and re-balance my emotions, and the spiritual tools to re-balance my soul and find again the essence of who I am.

Am I grateful for having had Parkinson’s? Yes. Through that bump in the road in a life already out of balance, Parkinson’s stood as a bump at a fork in the road leaving me two choices: 1. Fix the imbalances in my life and it would go away; and 2. Do not fix the imbalances in my life and it would stay with me forever. I chose the road less traveled, I had no plan B, and every day I did the Recipe for Recovery to find balance in my life. And every day that I awoke with Parkinson’s still there, it was a reminder I still had more work to do.

However, in the end, when I awoke on June 12, 2010 with no Parkinson’s, I knew it was not coming back — I had re-balanced my soul, mind, and body, and I no longer needed the message or symptoms known as Parkinson’s as a reminder that I had more work to do.

I was finished with that part of my life, and I am grateful for that as well.”

It has been nearly nine years since being cured from Parkinson’s. I stopped doing the physical part of the Recipe the day of my full recovery. The mental and spiritual parts became who I am, my real self, and how I live my life…the constantly positive personal vibration rippling out to the Universe.

You can send this same positive ripple out to the Universe with your personal vibration. I know you can.

Okay, let’s all chant this together:

“Parkinson’s is a symptom that my life has become out of balance, physically, mentally, and spiritually. I am doing the Recipe to bring balance back into my life, and once I balance my soul, mind, and body, the symptom known as Parkinson’s will go away.”

Excellent! I can feel your positive vibrations rippling through the Universe, and they feel glorious! Good for all of you!!!

You are worth it!

All my best,

Howard

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What we feel, what we think, what we say, and how we act all send our personal vibration out into the Universe. In my recovery, I learned that more my personal vibration was a positive vibration, the more my dopamine released and flowed. Let’s get all of you there.

In my recovery journey, I realized that my habitual responses to life over the years had become fear, anxiety, anger, frustration, and resentment. Even when I was doing something calm or thought something was okay, I realized that I still had a vibration that emanated those feelings. 

As we have discussed in the past, through affirmations, mediations, and prayers, I started shifting my vibration from the judgments of my mind to the feelings in my heart. I started feeling love, joy, compassion, forgiveness, happiness, contentment, and gratitude. By sharing those feelings with myself and others, they grew. This created a positive ripple effect emanating from my being out to the Universe.

Here is how you take these feelings and other positive thoughts and make them your personal vibration, help them grow and grow, and release your dopamine as a result.

Suppose you are sitting on a small platform in the middle of a pond. It is a very calm day with no breeze and the water is still like glass. If you drop a single pebble in the pond, it will create a ripple that eventually will die down and the water will go back to looking like glass again.

If the pebble is a positive emotion such as love, the ripple eventually dies down. After it dies down, if the next pebble you drop is gratitude and you watch it, it eventually will die down as well.

Essentially, if you drop one pebble of positive thought and just wait, it looks like this: “I have the power to heal myself,” “I have the power to heal myself,” “I have the power to heal myself,” “I have the power to heal myself,”. And then, it is gone and the pond is back to smooth-looking glass.

The problem is that your mind then bombards you with, “You are getting worse, ” “You do not have the power to heal yourself,” “Look how bad your symptoms are,” and the negative, self-judging, self-criticizing list goes on and on. It creates a negative ripple and a negative vibration into the Universe.

To change your personal vibration and send out continuous ripples of positive thoughts and feelings, you need to be dropping a pebble right behind the first pebble, and then another pebble and then another pebble and then another pebble, so the ripple effect that you create is big and strong, and it lasts a long time. It looks like this.

“I have the power to heal myself,” “I have the power to heal myself,” “I have the power to heal myself,” “I have the power to heal myself,” “I am my own Parkinson’s cure,” “I am my own Parkinson’s cure,” “I am my own Parkinson’s cure,” “I am my own Parkinson’s cure,” “I am grateful for my life,” “I am grateful for my life,” “I am grateful for my life,” “I am grateful for my life,” “I am recovery,” “I am recovery,” “I am recovery,” “I am recovery,” “I am worth it,” “I am worth it,” “I am worth it,” “I am worth it.” “I have the power to heal myself,” “I am my own Parkinson’s cure,” “I am grateful for my life,” “I am recovery,” “I am worth it,” “I have the power to heal myself,” “I am my own Parkinson’s cure,” “I am grateful for my life,” “I am recovery,” “I am worth it,” “I have the power to heal myself,” “I am my own Parkinson’s cure,” “I am grateful for my life,” “I am recovery,” “I am worth it,” “I have the power to heal myself,” “I am my own Parkinson’s cure,” “I am grateful for my life,” “I am recovery,” “I am worth it.”

As you can see, the ripples continue to flow and they grow. Look how big these ripples got with just four positive thoughts. Imagine how big the ripples will get with a continuous flow of positive thoughts. The ripples of positive thinking and positive feelings create waves that keep going and going and going and keep growing and growing and growing.

Keep the positive thoughts and feelings flowing:

“The sun is shining on this beautiful day. This apple tastes so good. I have wonderful friends for which I am grateful. I just enjoyed a funny movie. I just smiled at myself in the mirror and it felt fantastic, etc.” Keep the flow positive!

Ultimately, this creates a beautifully insulated place for you in the middle — everything flowing out from you is positive and it keeps going and growing — and you are nicely insulated from the negative thoughts bombardment. The negative thoughts cannot get near you because your ripples are too large and too consistent. 

And there you are in the middle…loving, calm, peaceful, grateful, joyful you. All it took was consistent positive thinking and positive feeling to create a positive insulated barrier around you where negativity simply cannot get in.

As you continue to do this, your mind will realize that your heart is taking back the power over your emotions. Your mind will try to convince you that your recovery is not taking place because your mind is afraid to lose its seat of power over your emotions. Do not be fooled by your mind’s illusions. Trust your heart’s authenticity.

Each positive vibration and ripple releases your dopamine a little. If you want a consistent flow of dopamine, releasing your dopamine again and again and again is the way to get a dopamine flow that does not stop.

You spend your life sharing your positive vibration and positive ripple with yourself and others, approaching life with love, joy, compassion, forgiveness, happiness, contentment, and gratitude. And then, your dopamine never stops flowing at full capacity.

Let go of your mind. Have faith in your heart. Keep the positive thoughts and positive feelings ripple effect flowing.

You are worth it!!!

All my best,

Howard

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In my previous three posts, our discussion grew from acceptance of the reality occurring right in front of your eyes to the higher level of acceptance that whatever was happening was supposed to happen just as it did. Today’s post is the final step in growing that acceptance into gratitude.

Gratitude was a big part of my recovery, and it remains a big part of my daily life. Ultimately in my recovery, I became so grateful for the daily opportunity to be alive with my soul in a human body (even one with Parkinson’s), that the Parkinson’s simply did not matter. I have expressed that it was like my mind and body watched as my soul got on the train and left the station. Eventually, my mind and body had to jump on board.

Here is the progression we have been on for the last month.

  1. Something happens: “Okay.”
  2. Something happens: “Okay. (find a good reason why it may have happened). Apparently this was supposed to happen.”
  3. Something happens: “Okay. (without having to find a good reason why it may have happened). Apparently this was supposed to happen exactly how it happened because it has happened that way.”
  4. Something happens: “Okay. Apparently this was supposed to happen exactly how it happened because it has happened that way. Thank you. I am grateful.”

Number 4 is the difficult one for some people. Here is how I got there. Once I realized that my life was a gift, I decided that I had nothing to complain about and I surrendered that whatever was happening in my life was in my life for a reason whether I liked it or not, or  understood it or not…it still was in my life. So, why not accept it, not judge it, and be grateful for it. 

Taking examples from my previous post, it looks like this:

‘Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to be walking slower, because if I wasn’t supposed to be walking slower, I would not be walking slower.’ “Thank you, I am grateful.”

‘Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to be tremoring more, because if I wasn’t supposed to be tremoring more, I would not be tremoring more.’ “Thank you. I am grateful.”

‘Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to have a big headache, because if I wasn’t supposed to have a big headache, I would not have one.’ “Thank you. I am grateful.”

You see, I was so grateful for my life and so confident that I was on the healing path that I truly was grateful for whatever was happening because it was something necessary for my life and my recovery. 

Now, let’s get together and turn this into a truly positive growth pattern of acceptance, surrender, and gratitude.

Don’t forget, this is Parkinson’s Awareness month. Are you ready to chant together so the whole world can know that we are a community of beautiful souls already fully recovered or recovering daily from Parkinson’s? Are you ready to be the ambassadors of the message of hope and faith?

Okay. Apparently, you are ready. Thank you. I am grateful. Let’s chant together:

I am recovery. Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to be recovery. Thank you. I am grateful.
I am doing Medical Qigong. Apparently, I am supposed to be doing Medical Qigong. Thank you. I am grateful.
I am chanting. Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to be chanting. Thank you. I am grateful.
I am Standing. Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to be Standing. Thank you. I am grateful.
I am eating healthier foods. Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to be eating healthier foods. Thank you. I am grateful.
I am doing Jin Shin Jyutsu. Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to be doing Jin Shin Jyutsu. Thank you. I am grateful.
I am doing near hand/far hand. Apparently, I am supposed to be doing near hand/far hand. Thank you. I am grateful.
I am replacing negative habit thinking with positive habit thinking. Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to be replacing negative habit thinking with positive habit thinking. Thank you. I am grateful.
I am meditating. Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to be meditating. Thank you. I am grateful.
I am praying. Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to be praying. Thank you. I am grateful.
I have nothing to be afraid of because I am on my path toward recovery doing the Recipe, the same Recipe that six people already have used to reach their full recovery and I am amongst those still recovering every day. They did it and I am doing it. I am recovery. Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to fearlessly doing the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®. Thank you. I am grateful.

Yes, each and every one of you is recovery! Apparently, you are supposed to be recovery. And yes…

YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

All my best,

Howard

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In my previous post, our discussion focused on acceptance of the reality occurring right in front of your eyes and the further acceptance that it was supposed to happen just as it did. Today’s post is an even higher level acceptance moving you closer to the final step in growing that acceptance into gratitude.

Previously, I explained that I would look for a good reason why something happened to make it easier to accept that is was happening just as it was supposed to happen. I then grew my level of acceptance to not require that “good reason” step.

I accepted and surrendered that whatever was happening in my life was necessary for my life and for my recovery. Here is an excerpt from my book, Fighting Parkinson’s…and Winning, that explains how I did it:

“’Okay’ was my new way of living. For the first time in my life, I was completely accepting of my life as it was rolling out in front of me.

In my recovery, to help me keep a positive attitude, and because I knew it was true, I looked at everything that was happening with me physically as ‘necessary for my recovery.’ I started taking that attitude into my daily life.

By accepting that whatever was happening in my life was necessary in my life journey, I was able to reduce stress and anxiety, reduce anger and frustration, reduce worry and fear. Instead of being afraid of life, I explored it, one small shuffle at a time, just like the tortoise from the children’s story, ‘The Tortoise and the Hare.’

There are things I could learn from the tortoise every day. In proceeding forward like the tortoise, slow and steady, I tended to see many beautiful things in life that I used to just walk by without noticing. This brought so much joy into my life that it opened my heart and my dopamine flow as I was working on my recovery.

It occurred to me that when I was moving like the tortoise, slowly and steadily, I also had more time to notice all of the subtle unpleasant changes that were happening to my body. However, my faith was strong so I did not worry about the unpleasant changes that were occurring.

Since my Parkinson’s body had limited energy, I had to trust it to know where I needed the healing the most. Some days that meant I walked a little slower, some days it meant I had more tremors, and some days it means I had a big headache.

Here is the new look at acceptance I decided to undertake:

‘Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to be walking slower, because if I wasn’t supposed to be walking slower, I would not be walking slower.’

‘Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to be tremoring more, because if I wasn’t supposed to be tremoring more, I would not be tremoring more.’

‘Okay. Apparently, I am supposed to have a big headache, because if I wasn’t supposed to have a big headache, I would not have one.’

The power of ‘Okay. Apparently…’ is representative of true acceptance of what the Universe was offering me. It defeated emotional stress, anger, frustration, resentment, and fear.

Instead of looking at something and getting upset, I would just say, ‘Okay. Apparently, that was supposed to happen’ or ‘Okay. Apparently, I wasn’t supposed to be doing that.’ The more I could look at unpleasant Parkinson’s circumstances and say, ‘Okay. Apparently…’ the more calm I became and less angry and fearful I became as I continued my recovery.

The one thing I knew I needed to keep constant in my recovery was doing the physical, mental, and spiritual parts of the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery every day.

That way, my body could say, ‘Okay, I know you are doing these things, and I know you are generating this energy, thank you, now I can start fixing this mess.’ Faith, plus action, was key to this philosophy.

And with the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery, faith plus action looked like this:

I have faith in my recovery. Plus, I am taking action to heal my organs by doing the Qigong exercises. I am recovery!

I have faith in my recovery. Plus, I am taking action to generate more brain activity and energy by doing the Brain Vibration Chanting. I am recovery!

I have faith in my recovery. Plus, I am taking action to make my body healthier by eating better. I am recovery!

I have faith in my recovery. Plus, I am taking action to balance my internal energy by doing Jin Shin Jyutsu. I am recovery!

I have faith in my recovery. Plus, I am taking action to calm my mind by meditating. I am recovery!

I have faith in my recovery. Plus, I am taking action to connect my Inner Divine to my Higher Power by praying, opening my heart, feeling love, joy, laughter and gratitude, and by keeping the faith that I am safe and secure. I am recovery!

Getting back to moving like the tortoise takes me to the tortoise and hare story. The hare views ‘recovery’ as winning the race, only…symptom free recovery. He fails to understand that, in and of itself, recovery is participating in the race. So when the hare gets off the path toward what he sees as recovery, the destination only, he never finds his way back to the path and he never wins the race.

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, and the tortoise cannot worry too much about the bumps in the road.

Instead the tortoise knows that every step toward the finish line is recovery, in and of itself, and the tortoise sees love, joy, laughter, gratitude, and fulfillment on the entire journey. Oh, yes, and then the tortoise wins the race.”

“Okay!!!” There you have it. Apparently, it is time to grab onto the soul, mind, and body healing known as the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® and stay on the path until you reach your full recovery.

And, each day that you have faith and take action moving you toward your full recovery is RECOVERY in and of itself. Okay? Yes, OKAY!

You are worth it!!!

All my best,

Howard

NOTE: This month is Parkinson’s awareness month. People have forwarded to me the information going out from many Parkinson’s organizations. It is the same gloom and doom picture of Parkinson’s followed by requests for donations for more research. We have a different message. We are a community of beautiful souls already fully recovered or recovering daily from Parkinson’s. I ask you to be ambassadors of our hope and faith message. Please help spread the positive message of Parkinson’s recovery. If you know somebody with Parkinson’s, please direct them to this website or tell them about my book. They can click here to go to Amazon to purchase a book. The only way we are going to turn the tide from gloom and doom to hope and faith is if WE DO IT! Thank you for being here, having hope and faith in your recovery, and helping spread the word of hope and faith. I am grateful for all of you.

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