Monthly Archives: August 2013
I haven’t purchased a new backpack or stocked up on office supplies. Ads galore remind me that it is time to go back to school. I reminisce of Trapper Keepers, bagged lunches, hours of homework, and finding the ability to appreciate the joy of learning.
Going back to school has new meaning to me as I near my late forties. I ask myself, did I ever truly leave school? Life requires constant learning–the classroom and playground may have changed. but many of the lessons still hold up.
1. A large part of school, in general, is finding your way into a peer group that is comfortable for you.
2. Much of school is discovering who you are and what you want to accomplish.
3. If nurtured, school can show you where your talents lie.
4. School forces you to interact with a wide diversity of people whether you want to or not.
5. Whether it is grammar school or college, education broadens our exposure and appreciation for the importance of knowledge.
Learning never stops and everyday is back to school. I don’t enjoy seeing summer end. I think of all the Seasons, summer ranks high in my top 4. Keeping back to school alive is a wonderful reminder that we should always continue to learn. Enjoy the rest of your summer!
While in Atlanta, at The Southeastern Parkinson Conference, I had the honor to perform Reiki (an ancient form of hands-on energy work), on almost a dozen conference participants. Some had tried the therapy but most had not.
Even having done Reiki on hundreds, if not more, I am continually impressed and in awe of what I have seen result from a session:
– One gentleman hadn’t slept well and 3 minutes into the session slept for about another 25 minutes. Like most Reiki recipients, I saw his eyes get clearer, his facial expression soften, and his stress melt away. He was relaxed and at peace, following the session.
– Another gentleman was battling with his body with a bout of energy draining dyskinesia (severe and tiring uncontrollable body twitching an moving) that had plagued him all day. After a brief 15 minute session, his twitching subsided for the day or more.
– Two friends were exhausted and worn out. Following both their sessions, their stiff limbs softened and released as did much of their stress.
– I got to help a friend who had a severe tremor in her foot which caused the whole leg to shake. After less than 10 minutes, her tremor stopped and she fell into a deep relaxing slumber.
These are just a few of the wonderful transformations that I have seen and personally experienced. Reiki came into my life over 15 years ago. I know for certain that due to Reiki, I feel better, continue to improve, and have a tool that I find helps me get better. I am not a scientist but after all the people that I have seen benefit from Reiki, there is little doubt that Reiki has real merit.
Thank you to all my readers!
I want to express my sincere gratitude for all the support, generous reviews, and the kind notes about both my book and blog. Thanks to all of you, A Soft Voice In A Noisy World has been an Amazon Bestseller since our release in late November.
I set out to write a book that I hoped would resonate with just one person. It was my goal to write the guide or manual that I wish I’d had when I was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD). I am so pleased and proud to tell you that I am releasing my book on CD on Friday. For those of you who don’t use audible.com or iTunes, now there is a 4 CD set. Online ordering for CDs will be available on this site sometime next week. The CDs will be on sale in Atlanta at The Sheraton Gateway Atlanta Airport at the 10th Annual Southeastern Parkinson Disease Conference.
This brings me to the importance of trying to keep active and social. It is no great revelation that I am unleashing, but I can speak from experience that having attended numerous conferences over these 20+ years, an amazing bond is created with a group of amazing people. The camaraderie and fellowship abounds as Parkinson’s brings something positive. For a weekend, everyone with PD can identify with the other and leave with lifelong friends.
I suppose many conferences and conventions are similar in how they unify a mass, but whether it is nostalgia or something more, I remember the magic that can come together at these events. There is a bonding of newly diagnosed and those who have lived longer with PD. Care partners exchange and share stories, finding a support network with a new perspective.
Often, Parkinsonians leave energized and hopeful, ready to incorporate the new tools that they have learned. PD conferences can be wonderful motivators for self-empowerment. I hope you’ll give it consideration.