People with Parkinson’s Disease Say Mindfulness Makes a Big Difference

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.

Order the Full Set of Nine Paperback Books

When you order the full set of all nine (9) paperback books in the Parkinsons Recovery Mindfulness Series shipping is free to all US destinations and only $6.95 to destinations outside the US.

mindfulnessFull Set of Nine Paperbacks in the Series $88.00

Order Individual Paperback Books or Downloads

Paperback Books             Downloads
$9.95                                   $5.95

Exercises_for_Seeing_Cover_for_Kindle (1)          Exercises for Seeing Mindfully  Download
Exercises for Seeing Mindfully Paperback
Volume One

Exercises_for_Hearin_Cover_for_Kindle              Exercises for Hearing Mindfully Download
Exercises for Hearing Mindfully Paperback
 Volume Two

Exercises_for_Notici_Cover_for_Kindle (1)             Exercises for Noticing Mindfully Download
Exercises for Noticing Mindfully Paperback
Volume Three

Exercises_for_Doing__Cover_for_Kindle             Exercises for Doing Mindfully Download
Exercises for Doing Mindfully Paperback
Volume Four

Exercises_for_Eating_Cover_for_Kindle (1)            Exercises for Eating Mindfully Download
Exercises for Eating Mindfully Paperback
Volume Five

Exercises_for_Thinki_Cover_for_Kindle          Exercises for Thinking Mindfully Download
Exercises for Thinking Mindfully Paperback 
Volume Six

Exercises_for_Feelin_Cover_for_Kindle           Exercises for Feeling Mindfully Download
Exercises for Feeling Mindfully Paperback
Volume Seven

Exercises_for_Being__Cover_for_Kindle           Exercises for Being Mindfully Download
Exercises for Being Mindfully Paperback 
Volume Eight

Exercises_for_Intend_Cover_for_Kindle          Exercises for Intending Mindfully Download
Exercises for Intending Mindfully Paperback
Volume Nine

People with Parkinson’s tell me that focusing on becoming more mindful has a profound impact on their symptoms. The reason is simple. They learn how live in the present moment rather than agonizing over the past or worrying about the future. When our thoughts and feelings are connected to the present moment, the body receives the nurturing support it needs to balance hormones. 

Doing each exercise is not a big thing. It is a little thing. Practicing each exercise throughout the week helps to reinforce the a successful mindfulness practice which becomes a way of living each day to the fullest. When you adjust the thermostat that manufactures stress hormones your body is not always in overdrive. Over the long run, you will feel better as the readjustment takes effect because stress is no longer in charge. You are. 

The series is designed to be implemented over a year. The exercises in each volume of the Mindfulness Series should take 4-6 weeks to complete. Take a week or longer to practice each exercise. Celebrate a reversal of symptoms a little bit at a time. Symptoms are not reversed from taking one giant step. They are reversed by taking tiny steps one day at a time. 

Best of Success,

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Parkinsons Recovery
Olympia, Washington
www.parkinsonsrecovery.info
877-526-4646

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©2015 Parkinsons Recovery

One thought on “People with Parkinson’s Disease Say Mindfulness Makes a Big Difference

  1. I HAVE READ THE FIRST LINE IN EACH PARAGRAPH ABOVE AND AM ALREADY RELAXED.

    I WAS IN GOOD HEALTH UNTIL I WAS ABOUT 87 YEARS OLD AND THEN FELT THE MUSCLES IN MY LEGS START TO UNRAVEL. I WAS OK UNTIL THE FIRST TIME I FELL AND HIT MY HEAD. I HAVE HIT MY HEAD ABOUT 8 TIMES OUT OF 30 FALLS. I NOW USE A CAN TO GET AROUND.

    I AM NOW 92 WITH PARKINSON’S. MY BROTHER DIED WITH IT AND MY SISTER TOOK MEDICINE FOR SHAKES. ONE OF MY SONS HAS TREMORES AND TAKES SOMETHING FOR SHAKES. HE ABOUT 65 YEARS OLD.

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