I have long held that view that I’m not suffering from parkinson’s disease. Rather, I am experiencing a health condition characterized by certain symptoms. What is more, I don’t believe that I have to cure the condition. Instead, in order to recover my health I need to return my body to homeostasis.
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.
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.
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.
Usually when I write a post it is to make a point or share information I believe will be helpful for people with health conditions. Not so today! On this occasion I simply wish to pay tribute to one of the greatest personalities of our time. Muhammad Ali!
I think the most difficult challenge we face on our journey through life is undoing the emotional damage we experienced growing up. It affects us on so many levels: our health, our finances, our careers and our relationships.
We have all experienced some form of emotional pain at some point in our life from being abused, criticized, left out, harshly punished, abandoned, teased, bullied, embarrassed, humiliated, witnessing a tragedy, losing a friend or family member, and many other forms of mistreatment and trauma.
I’ve written before about the importance of positive thought and joyful exercise in creating new neural pathways in the brain in order to help correct the neurotransmitter imbalance that is at the root of Parkinson’s. Thanks to a blog reader, I learned about Dr. Joe Dispenza, an American biochemist and chiropractor, who was featured in the movie What the Bleep, and his work in this area. I would really urge you to watch his TED Talks video which explains very well the process of thought in the creation of new healing neural pathways.
I think we can all use a little inspiration from time to time, particularly when we’re struggling or experiencing a crisis. I find that dealing with the day to day challenges of the symptoms of Parkinson’s requires quite a lot of inspiration and the way I like to inspire myself is to simply say, ” I’m doing my best and that means I’m doing great!”
I was inspired to write this blog by a dear friend. She sent me an e-mail with the Osho quote you see pictured above. It is an important reminder that whatever we are motivated by will usually find us. It’s like the person who leaves the city for fear of being a victim of a crime, rather than moving to the country for the pure joy of country living, only to be mugged in the country.