Monthly Archives: July 2011
Failing to be able to laugh at oneself is a crucial and unhealthy character flaw.
If One is unable to take criticism, One is destined for stagnation.
Learning to remember the positive and not the negative makes for happier memories and a healthier you.
It’s refreshing to mind and spirit when you take a holiday from television news and DC pundits.
Deep breathing and meditation can do wonders for stress and pain.
Our bodies are receivers of all kinds of energy so be careful of picking up on other people’s’ negative energy.
Your body is like a battery, if you don’t recharge it ever so often, it will give out.
An overactive mind needs taming and quieting to reach true calming.
Illumination brings out the color and vibrance of life. Light reveals the beauty and unveils the ugly as well. There is a light in every living being. Today, share the loving light within you and as you uncover what needs change, fix it and don’t criticize. This is what leads to growth.
As I near the completion of my book-to-be, A Soft Voice In A Noisy World: A Manual To Dealing And Healing With Parkinson’s Disease And Other Illnesses, I am both jubilant and yet pensive to see this 20 plus year conglomeration of insights, helpful hints, daily inspiration, healthful ideas, and resources come to a close. While I hope this book to be the first of many, as I am not short on words, topics, or fresh thoughts, this book still finalizes the end of an era and with luck, unleashes a new one.
I have had the good fortune of having my voice heard worldwide on BBC radio, my face on Japanese national television, seen on CBS news, and been published in national newspapers in hope of change through patient advocacy. Through this book, I am hopeful that a better and more complete understanding of Parkinson’s and illness in general can be met head on.
What I hope to accomplish is to provide a service to the health and medical community as a resource that shines a light on some thoughtful and soulful lessons learned from living over half of my 45 years with Parkinson’s disease. Inspiration is a vital component in daily survival and even more so when you get out of bed not always feeling your best. While everyone has a story, everyone has a life lesson to offer and share. I believe that there is a book inside us all. With luck and determination, I will make this a reality.
This book, and those still to come excite me for I am not short on messages in both fiction and non-fiction, yet I am nostalgic in a sense as I contemplate the bittersweet moment of the completion of this book- to- be.
As we end the celebration of the 4th of July and the founding of our great nation, I thought it to be appropriate to discuss, freedom. There is no doubt that Parkinson’s disease or any other illness robs one o f their independence and freedom. Parkinson’s can make you less sure of your balance, endurance, and/or cognitive ability. Part of living with an illness is accepting help, if needed, but to try to remain as independent as you possibly are able.
As someone who has had Parkinson’s disease for over 25 years, I can assure you that the most beneficial action that you can make in your life is to take charge and get as healthy as you can. Here are some suggestions that have worked for me and may work for you:
- Stay active, be it yoga, walking, weights, or swimming–do something.
- If your speech needs help, look into finding a certified LSVT therapist to help you.
- Consider improving your digestion with a probiotic.
- Eat vegetarian or as low on the food chain as you can.
- Reduce your stress level through meditation.
- Keep your mind active and challenged.
- Avoid potent cleaning supplies, processed foods, and artificial odor products like cheap candles with infused odors that may cause headaches or worse.
These are just a few ways to possibly help you to regain some of your freedom and take back your life. You should discuss any changes with your doctor before making any major changes in your daily regimen. I am not a doctor. I’m just a guy telling you what works for me and hope that it might work for you too. What works for you?