This post is the fifth of the 18 things you need to know about living with the symptoms of PD. It might have been more aptly titled, “Eliminate fear, stress, worry and anxiety, and you will, in all probability, recover your health!”
Before we get too deep into 2020, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you so much for taking the time to read the blogs I posted in 2019. It gives me enormous satisfaction knowing that these posts are being read and that people are finding them helpful! It is a fascinating journey we are on and it is comforting to know that we are not alone!
In that vein, thank you as well for your messages and questions! I am honored by your encouragement and trust!
I would also like to thank you for reading the books I’ve written. When I say the books I’ve written, I must clarify that these books were not written by me, but rather, through me. And this goes back to the very beginning. In the winter of 2006, I woke up one morning with an idea for a book in my head. I have no idea where this inspiration came from because I wasn’t a writer at the time, nor was I thinking about writing a book. The book was going to be about a high school teacher who is in the midst of a spiritual awakening when he encounters a group of students who want to know more about the true meaning of life than what they are being taught in school. So he takes them on a journey of spiritual awakening. I called the book, The History Teacher, because I have said many times, if I had to do it all over again, I would’ve been a high school history teacher. Shortly after I started writing the first book, I started developing the first recognizable signs of Parkinson’s disease. Two years later I was officially diagnosed with PD. My high school history teacher had Parkinson’s.
Thank you so much and I wish everyone an awesome 2020!
And the hits just keep on coming!
I have recently discovered that I can swim again and sing again! And now I’ve discovered that I can play golf again, although I say this somewhat tongue-in-cheek because I have been able to play golf all along, just not very well.
During a recent conversation with a friend, I was reminded of the importance of focusing on gratitude, rather than wanting.
When you are living with a chronic health condition it is easy to find yourself wanting to be healthy, wanting to recover your health. But in the world of the law of attraction, when the universe hears, “I want,” it gives us more to want. It keeps us perpetually in this state. Whereas, when we live in a state of gratitude, regardless of what we are grateful for, the universe gives us more to be grateful for.
The truth is, we don’t need to think about wanting to be healthy because the universal-energetic-intelligence [and our higher self] knows what we want. We just need to make sure our actions are in alignment with our objective.
Wanting puts us in a state of unease, whereas gratitude puts us in a state of happiness! When we are happy, our bodies are producing feel-good neurotransmitters, like dopamine and serotonin, so it’s easy to see why it is so advantageous to be in this state!
And I have so much to be grateful for: Mari, my children, my brothers, my friends, where I live, the people who read my books, and so much more! It’s easy for me to have an attitude of gratitude! I can even find plenty of reasons to be grateful for this health condition I’m experiencing because it’s taught me so much, while helping me connect with so many wonderful people all over the world!
I am grateful for the reminder!
We may be living with this challenging health condition but that doesn’t mean life can’t be awesome!
Last night, just after sunset [which was spectacular!] a deer passed through our yard! Last week, while eating breakfast on the deck, a bald eagle flew overhead! Twice in the last few days, a hummingbird has hovered inches from my face!
My life is filled with the spectacular moments and I get to experience them every day!
I am blessed for many reasons! I live on a lake on Manitoulin Island! I have three amazing children! I have a wonderful partner! I get to play golf, chop firewood, spend time in nature and write!
It doesn’t mean I don’t have moments of frustration, because I do. It also doesn’t mean I don’t get angry, because I do. But these are just moments and they pass. And then I am blessed with the next spectacular moment!
And I am particularly blessed with the awareness of spiritual consciousness, my divine nature and my oneness with the universal-energetic-intelligence! I am blessed with love!
Yes, my life is awesome!
Oh, the last two days were glorious days! I mean, every day is a glorious day, but the last two were particularly so! For the first time since last fall, I was able to spend the entire day wearing only shorts and a T-shirt!
I happen to live in a part of the world that experiences all four seasons, including winter. This past winter was particularly long. In fact, April, which is usually the start of spring, was more like winter than March! We got a lot of snow! Mother Nature’s sense of humour, I suppose!
These days, particularly in the midst of Bowen therapy purging, getting dressed is challenging and the more clothes I have to put on, the more challenging it is! So when the temperature is warm enough for shorts and a T-shirt, it is a welcome relief!
So thank you Mother Nature … you and the hippie dippy weatherman … for giving us a couple of much appreciated warm days!
Ahhh, shorts and a T-shirt! Just what the doctor ordered!
I recently watched a Super Soul Conversation Oprah Winfrey conducted with Gary Zukov, author of Seat of the Soul. During their delightful chat, I was reminded of how important it is for me to acknowledge and be grateful for the wonderful gifts of this Parkinson’s experience!
The last four months has been a remarkable journey of ebbs and flows, fearful moments and spiritual insights, culminating in a renewed focus on acceptance, surrender, gratitude, forgiveness and love!
Conflict arises when one party tries to impose its will on another party and the second party resists, or worse still, counters by trying to impose its will on the first party.
We are presently having such an experience on the road we live on!
To quote a well-used cliche, “I’m not gonna lie to you,” yesterday was a challenging day! I’m not quite sure how to describe it except to say, I was a mess … and I’m not much better today! My voice was very raspy [almost inaudible at times] making it very difficult for me to use speech recognition. My entire body was very tense. There was considerably more trembling in my hands and much more loss of balance and freezing. I was also feeling very irritable and my patience was really put to the test!