Mindfulness- 2019 Parkinson’s Awareness Month

“The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

“Mindfulness is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves.” Thich Nhat Hanh

2019 Parkinson’s Awareness Month: To help support the month of Parkinson’s awareness, here are 7 posts from April-
2019 Parkinson’s Awareness Month- 12 Rules of Life With Exercise
2019 Parkinson’s Awareness Month (Part 2)- Exercise
• April 11 is World Parkinson’s Disease Day (click here)
Hope- 2019 Parkinson’s Awareness Month
Positivity- 2019 Parkinson’s Awareness Month
Courage- 2019 Parkinson’s Awareness Month
Perseverance- 2019 Parkinson’s Awareness Month

The word is mindfulness: For the remainder of April, as part of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, the theme will showcase inspirational quotes. The goal is to offer you a quote that helps to reinforce your daily approach to life with Parkinson’s. Alternatively, use these quotes to bolster the resolve of your life-Coach/Care Partner. Every life-step with Parkinson’s is a balancing act that is slowly evolving, subtly changing, but it is always present. May these quotes support your daily walk in the presence of Parkinson’s.

Life is better lived with mindfulness: It’s springtime, and you just walked outside seeking relaxation from a stressful work meeting. Your eyes immediately catch the flight of and you begin following a Bumble Bee going from flower to flower. After a few minutes of watching the Bumble Bee, you are less anxious, and now you’re breathing fully. Additionally, your focus has returned, and a reassuring calm has been restored. You have just practiced mindfulness.“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” Amit Ray

Life with Parkinson’s is more manageable with mindfulness: There will be minutes to hours on occasion where some motor-function is working less well for you. Maybe you are just over-tired, which means your tremor can become more dominant. Perhaps your back is more rigid than usual, and that implies getting dressed could be difficult. Both of these scenarios stress you out. Try to calm your mind, look down and observe your chest inhaling-and-exhaling, and watch your own breathing; live in the current moment, and you’re practicing mindfulness. It may not be curative, but the hope is the renewed calm has alleviated the stress and reversed the just described events that led to this temporary Parkinson’s-flair-up.“Be the silent watcher of your thoughts and behavior. You are beneath the thinker. You are the stillness beneath the mental noise. You are the love and joy beneath the pain.” Eckhart Tolle

From the Journey with Parkinson’s: Mindfulness means you stay within your breath and focus on yourself without remembering the past minute and no planning for the future moment. Life is ever-changing, with moments of bliss balanced by instances of hurt. Mindfulness cares not about happiness/sadness, past/present, right/wrong, but it demands you seek out the present moment without worry about what’s ahead and without the guilt of what has passed.” Frank C. Church

“Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.” Sylvia Boorstein

Cover photo credit: https://www.homedepot.com/b/Outdoors-Garden-Center-Garden-Plants-Flowers-Flower-Bulbs/Bloomsz/22/N-5yc1vZc8rtZdbuZ1z0qmw

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