One of my three main motivations for recovering my health … other than to live healthy again, walk normally and all that stuff … is to swim! Several years ago, before I moved to Manitoulin Island, I realized that I was losing my ability to swim and by the time I got here in 2016, I had completely lost it.
The other day I found myself unwittingly pondering some experiences from my past of which I am not particularly proud. An announcement concerning the upcoming reunion of a hockey team I used to play for triggered the unpleasant trip down memory lane.
I would like to share with you my meditation experience and approach! Having said this, I would like you to know that I am no expert in meditation, nor am I a superior meditator.
Worry! In my experience, it is the most challenging issue we face in living with, managing and overcoming the symptoms of PD … and many other conditions, I suspect!
Apathy and depression are also conditions faced by many and it’s quite possible, if not probable, that worry plays a role here, as well.
Loving compassion! Two words we seem to be hearing a lot lately! Given what is going on in the planet, we could certainly use loving compassion!
Loving compassion is a popular form of meditation. It is essentially about having empathy towards suffering and the desire to do something about it.
I discovered on my own, somewhat by accident, over twenty years before I started developing the symptoms of PD, that I had an intolerance to sugar. This intolerance seems to have worsened since going on levodopa/carbidopa this past December.
Yesterday I got my mountain bike out of winter storage, inflated the tires, and went for a ride! It was exhilarating! No doubt, my brain was in dopamine and serotonin producing mode!
I started weaning off Sinemet almost 6 weeks ago and I’ve decided to put the weaning off process on hold for the time being. I’m doing this for two reasons. First, the last two dosage reductions have been very challenging with days of more intense symptoms and moments of anxiety and panic. Second, I have a couple of long trips coming up in the next month and a half and these tend to be rather stressful, as I have experienced, making weaning off that much more difficult.
Since January, I have been undertaking my recovery protocol and daily regimen with renewed vigour and enthusiasm. I have also been focusing heavily on meditation and qigong, and I have added breathing and body language exercises.
I learned two breathing exercises that are primarily meant to raise our vibrational frequency and stimulate the production of serotonin, oxytocin and dopamine to help overcome anxiety.
Last week, Mari and I took a trip to Toronto, so she could pick up her new car [a Ford Ecosport] and we could do a little shopping and visit my children.
It is a six-hour drive and normally, leading up to it, I would be experiencing some trepidation and anxiety because I don’t respond favourably to these long trips. However, on this occasion, I was actually feeling quite excited, for two reasons. First, since going on medication and implementing a more rigourous daily regimen with more emphasis on CBD oil, breathing, meditation and Qigong, I have been feeling much better and wanted to see how the drive would affect me. Second, my middle daughter is with-child and scheduled to give birth on July 2, and I am preparing to drive down to visit my new grandchild in the event Mari is up north working.