One insight I have discovered from a decade of research interviewing people with Parkinson’s disease is that a Mindfulness practice is a tremendous help. This insight inspired me to develop the Parkinsons Recovery Mindfulness Series. The series consists of nine volumes which are available as paperbacks or downloads. Each volume features four to six exercises. Exercises in the Mindfulness series have been developed by me to help persons with symptoms of Parkinson’s disease get a handle on excessive stress that fuels Parkinson’s symptoms.
Parkinsons Recovery Mindfulness Series for People with Parkinson’s Disease
Stress is a primary instigator of symptoms associated for people with Parkinson’s disease. A practical and powerful way to reduce stress is to become more mindful which, simply put, means we are present in the moment rather than agonizing over the past or anticipating the future. The Parkinsons Recovery Mindfulness Series was created by Robert Rodgers PhD from Parkinsons Recovery to help persons with Parkinson’s symptoms reduce their stress levels by adopting a mindfulness practice. Once stress levels are well under control, symptoms of Parkinson’s will have enormous difficulty presenting themselves. The Mindfulness series consists of nine volumes that span the topics of seeing, hearing, noticing, doing, eating, thinking, feeling, being and intending.
Among all of the factors that are implicated in causing symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease, the most critical is stress. When people experience stress, their symptoms get much worse. When stress levels are under control, symptoms subside. Everyone who currently experiences symptoms of Parkinson’s disease confirms the powerful link between stress and the presentation of their own symptoms.
The idea behind a successful mindfulness practice is to become totally and completely present to each and every moment of our lives – to live in the present moment – not in the past or the future. Stress exerts an unrelenting pressure on our bodies when we slip into the past with our thoughts or jump into the future with our worries. If we fixate on rehashing past experiences that were traumatic or hurtful or unpleasant – we will insure that our body releases an onslaught of stress hormones. If we worry about what the future holds in store for us, we fixate on events that rarely even happen.
When thoughts are centered in the past or future the body is suspended in a continual state of stress. Cells are flushed with blasts of adrenaline throughout each day. This leaves little energy for the body to manufacture dopamine. Symptoms flourish under such conditions. They thrive on stress that is fueled by worry, fear, regret, guilt and anger.
What Really Helps Reduce Stress Levels?
Reset our routine way of being in the world. Reorient our thoughts so that we focus on the present moment. This is most successfully accomplished through a regular practice of mindfulness exercises where we re-wire our neurological network. A total system reset is required for most of us to become mindful.
Becoming more mindful of each and every moment changes the patterns that have been embedded in the neurological system. High levels of stress is the troublemaker here. It thunders through every cell of our bodies. Nerves are shattered. Other systems of the body are jolted off balance.
Without a conscious mindfulness practice we fall back into the same neurological rut that stimulates the production of stress hormones. Out of habit we continue to access the same neural pathways that trigger the same symptoms. Our neurological system freaks out eventually. Recovery is obstructed. Breaking bad habits is genuinely challenging, but it is the answer everyone wants to hear.
Mindfulness Reduces Stress
Stress is reduced by redirecting our attention to the present through becoming more mindful. It is no small step to jump from harping on the past and fearing the future to enjoying and relishing the present moment. The exercises in the Parkinsons Recovery Mindfulness series were created to help strengthen a successful mindfulness practice. Mindfulness is the one sure fire way to reduce stress and reducing stress is the key to reversing symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Nine themes in the Parkinsons Recovery Mindfulness Series focus on places, experiences and events that help to release stress trapped at the cellular level. Taken together they offer a variety of experiences that help to shift reactions to daily stresses and release the residue of trauma that is trapped deep inside the tissues and neural networks of the body.
Once trauma in tissues is released and daily reactions to stress have been shifted, it becomes much easier to achieve balance among the many interrelated hormones in the body. The Mindfulness exercises in each of the nine volumes of the Parkinsons Recovery Mindfulness series heighten awareness of how tension is held in the body. Each exercise is accompanied by an explanation of how the exercise helps to heal the neurological system as tensions that assault the body and tug hormones out of whack are gently released.
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