For many people experiencing the neurological condition known as Parkinson’s disease, anxiety is one of the more common and challenging symptoms.
Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. It is an expression of fear, created by a thought. Given the challenges of the symptoms and given what the future holds for those who consider their condition to be incurable, it is no doubt that anxiety is so common.
Last dance with Mary Jane, one more time to kill the pain! … Tom Petty
Marijuana! Cannabis! Weed! Pot! Ganja! Mary Jane! Call it what you like, there is mounting anecdotal and scientific evidence supporting the use of marijuana in neutralizing certain symptoms and even recovering from neurological conditions, including Parkinson’s. Lo and behold, as fate would have it, I recently became, rather reluctantly, a member of the anecdotal advocates!
Lately I’ve been focusing on topics and techniques meant to make our journey less stressful. Things such as laughter, karate techniques and spiritual practice. They have been very beneficial for me in managing my symptoms and keeping me in a positive frame of mind. In this post, I would like to touch on another stress buster … music … and more specifically, singing!
One of the most important elements of my recovery program has to do with laughter! Laughter counters stress and minimizing stress is absolutely critical to recovering from any neurological condition, particularly parkinson’s, because it is a condition that is caused by stress, but also creates stress.
I took up martial arts in 1989 after being inspired by a motivational speaker at a company conference. In 1996, after receiving my black belt, I opened my own karate club along with two partners. In 2007, I started teaching on my own. Martial arts has been a big part of my life for the past 28 years. and now that I am retired, I still practice every day.
As I sit here watching snow falling on this tranquil Sunday afternoon [we’ve received over seven feet so far this winter] I am reminded of the trepidation I was feeling last fall about spending my first winter on Manitoulin Island. The source of my uneasiness… among other things, tending to a 150 yard long driveway, mostly by myself [Mari is away two weeks every month] on an island known for lots of snow! Turns out my concerns were mostly unfounded.
I have been focusing lately on the elements of recovery: spiritual awakening, personality change, homeostasis, stress minimization, etc. Another critical element is love, or more appropriately described, divine self love!
Divine self love is not derived from being loved by others. Rather, it comes from understanding our true divine spiritual essence… which is, love!
I would like to introduce you to a fellow blogger, Laurie, whose recovery from anorexia began with the discovery of her divine self! She describes it beautifully through a poem!
In my last post, I talked about four common factors amongst people who have recovered from a variety of health conditions, according to Dr. Joe Dispenza.
Dispenza goes on to say that the single most important factor in the recovery of one’s health is to reinvent your personality. He claims that specific personality traits led to the development of disease and that good health cannot be restored as long as the same personality traits exist.
Dr. Joe Dispenza, chiropractor, neuroscientist and author of ‘you are the placebo,’ often talks about a study that demonstrated that people who have recovered their health [from a variety of health conditions] shared four common factors.