Why Did I Record the Meditations?
I decided to create this meditation series because person after person with Parkinson’s tell me every week that meditating helps them get relief from their symptoms. People also tell me time and time again that they have been unable to find any guided meditations that are specifically created for people with the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease.
My extensive research on Parkinson’s has revealed that stress and trauma are two key factors that aggravate symptoms. Since meditations play a key role in helping people find relief from the stresses in their life, I decided it was high time for me to create the meditations.
I do not know many people who know more about Parkinson’s and about stress, so it seemed to me that I was the perfect person to create and record this unique series of meditations. My mother had Parkinson’s and died a decade ago. My uncle died from the complications of Parkinson’s in 2009. I have been working with people with Parkinson’s and conducting intensive research since 2004 when I founded Parkinsons Recovery..
What are the Seven Themes in Meditations to Reduce Stress?
- Is pain an issue? – A series of 6 meditations on pain offer a revolutionary approach for understanding the true meaning of pain in our bodies and how to heal it.
- Is anxiety an issue? – A series of 6 meditations on anxiety reveals a unique approach for shifting reactions to stressful situations.
- Are symptoms increasingly troublesome? – A series of 6 meditations on the Race of Life help the body to readjust the hormonal thermostat, bringing better balance to the many hormones that regulate energy, mood, sleep and pain.
- Are dreams forgotten? – A series of 6 meditations on manifesting dreams provides the support and guidance to pursue all the dreams that are yet to be embraced and fulfilled.
- Is there a persistent focus on the disease? – A series of six meditations on cellular healing focuses attention on the cells and organs in the body that are working perfectly. Emphasis is shifted from disease to health.
- Is there a compelling feeling of loneliness and separation? – A series of 6 meditations on the nurturing influence of our mothers gives the assurance that no one is alone in the world.
- Is creativity at a standstill? – A series of 6 meditations that ride the waves of the expanding universe provide the framework and motivation to rekindle creativity that has been swallowed up by the disease.
People are discovering ways to balance their hormones using natural approaches and methods. Some use traditional prescription medications.Others do not. Among other therapies, daily meditation can be extremely helpful.
What are Guided Meditations?
There are many approaches to meditations – mindful breathing, walking meditations, centered prayer, music, etc. One approach to meditation that is particularly powerful is the guided meditation where you are taken on a journey of sorts to explore, investigate and discover for yourself. I choose guided meditations as a powerful meditation for people with the symptoms of Parkinson’s.
Each time you listen to and experience the guided meditations you will get new revelations.You are the one taking the journey. Meditations give you the road map. Meditations are your guide for each trip.You are in control of your own health. With this meditation series you are the one who is helping yourself feel better.
How Much Does the Meditation Set to Reduce Stress Cost?
The download is received immediately after your order. Your free print book and seven (7) CDS will be shipped using media mail using United States Postal Service. Shipping is free to all destinations.
What Do I Receive With Meditations to Reduce Stress?
When you order the Meditations for Parkinson’s, you will receive audio recordings of the meditations on CDs and a illustrated book of all meditations which is in color. In total, there are over 5 hours of recorded meditations, 7 CDs, 42 meditations and a 165 page meditation book.
Each of the seven CDs contains 5 short meditations and one long meditation. The short meditations were designed for those days when there is not sufficient time to do the longer meditations which take approximately 30 minutes. A breakdown of the subjects for each CD follows along with the recorded times for each meditation.
The Expanding Universe
Big Bang (2:25)
Expand Out (3:08)
Make a Choice Today (2:37)
The Pulse of Life (2:18)
Coming into Perfect Balance (2:27)
Connect with the Life Force of the Universe (31:39)
How to Stop Feelings (2:11)
Feelings Just Underneath the Pain (2:14)
Do you have a Pain Barricade? (2:14)
Sit with the Pain (2:28)
Pain as a Handy Crutch (1:59)
Mystery of Pain (33:00)
The Little Stressors in Life (2:15)
What Stress Does (2:28)
A Relaxation Response to Stress (2:25)
How to Reduce Stress from Hurtful Words (2:18)
A Shocking Statement (2:42)
Stress and Parkinson’s (32:50)
Manifesting Your Dreams
From One to Billions (2:33)
Make a List of Your Dreams (2:30)
Make a List of All the Reasons Why Not (2:46)
Weigh the Dreams Against the Reasons “Why Not” (2:24)
Choose a Disposal Method for Each List (2:31)
What do You Want to Create? (22:51)
The Race of Life
Remember a Pet You Loved (2:19)
Jockey and Horse Together (2:08)
Slow Down Time (2:44)
Miracle of the Mundane (2:48)
Your Body is not Worried (3:00)
Race of Life (33:05)
Finish Any Unfinished Business with Your Mother Today (2:03)
Receive your Mother’s Love (2:01)
Receive the Support of Your Mother (2:04)
Remember the Joyous Times with Your Mother (2:08)
I am Just Like My Mother (2:12)
The Greatest Gift of All (36:18)
Celebrate the Awesome Number of Healthy Cells Today (2:27)
Shrink Yourself Down Today (2:42)
Give Thanks to a Healthy Cell in Your Body (2:11)
Connect with a Single Cell in Your Body (2:23)
The Impact of Stress on Neurons (2:14)
Cellular Healing Meditation (33:39)
Parkinson’s meditations make a perfect gift to anyone who has the symptoms of Parkinson’s. It is a gift that a person can use every day. It is also a gift that offers a gentle way to get relief from the symptoms of Parkinson’s.
Why Not Make Meditation a Daily Practice?
Hormones are unbalanced when a person is suspended in a perpetual state of high energy, intense activity and anxiety. It is the daily practice of meditation – not the haphazard practice of listening some days and not others – that gives the most consistent help in relieving symptoms. Better yet, when you listen to the same meditation over and over deeper states of relaxation and release will unfold.
People with Parkinson’s tell me that meditations have a profound impact on their symptoms when they become part of a daily routine. The body gets the consistent support it needs to balance hormones. Listen to the meditations every day and you invite the thermostat that manufactures stress hormones to readjust. Over the long run, you will feel better as the readjustment takes effect.
Medicine aned Meditation
Meditation for chronic pain requires no conversion, no denial of the religious faith you practice now. It is simply an adjunct; a way to learn to live peaceably with the body and
mind you have right now. I do not mean to imply it teaches acceptance of just anything. Many Buddhists have sacrificed greatly to non-violently try and stop war and injustice. But one must work with what one has–to wish differently is to invite constant suffering and emotional pain in your life.
I wrote Medicine Meditation by doing a series of twelve interviews with twelve AMAZING people who live and love and cope with different levels of debilitating illnesses, either in them selves or their loved ones or their medical patients. (for a complete list of authors please refer to the end of this article) I wanted to write this book as, being a chronically ill person myself, I have often been asked “HOW? and WHY?” do I practice Zen meditation with a body that has been steadily deteriorating since I was age 7 with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.
While it is true that the popular conception of meditation is of one sitting very still in a pretzel position, (which is truly dangerous for many arthritics), I knew that if I have been doing this practice for 18 years, there are others out there who could help explain the beauty, the draw of meditation, even to those whose bodies do not function at 100%. My true motivation for seeking out and interviewing, in depth, others who practice meditation while being in some way, closely involved with the suffering and pain of chronic illness, is to spread the information to as many people a possible that, yes, even “crippled” people can benefit from meditation.
They can adapt their form of meditation to work with their own bodies, and that teachers and loved ones and doctors can, and do, understand the gifts that regular meditation bestows on the one who meditates, and all those around them. It is both a beautiful and very serious message, especially as the physicians I was honored to interview are incorporating “mindfulness”, a significant aspect of meditation, into their treatment programs for the chronically ill.
Medicine Meditation offers the insights and understanding of twelve people, many renowned in their different fields, and how meditation can be adapted for those with chronic pain and illness, and how these interviewees themselves have benefited from their meditation practice.
The reader will :
- Hear from luminaries in the fields of Buddhism, medicine, literature, psychology, as well as from the yet unheard from, who all meditate, teach meditation, and use the insights gained from their meditation to help themselves and others maneuver the difficult road of suffering.
- Learn specifics as to how to meditate, whether with a fairly healthy body or one not so healthy.
- Learn from those experienced in meditation and mindfulness WHY such things can be so useful to the ill, and the ones who love them.
There are no miracle cures offered in Medicine Meditation so please don’t look for those. What the book offers instead are alternatives to making one’s suffering worse, alternatives to the fears of illness, pain and one’s own mortality. As the Buddha said, and, consciously or not, we all know, there is no escape from the stages of sickness, old age and death. But there are ways to cease the fear, the avoidance, the senseless and often detrimental attempts at staving off the inevitable.
More importantly, the reader will hear not only from those who are ill, but from those who care for them, and how to find a way out of the helplessness you may feel, watching the one you love, or the one you have sworn to help, even cure , suffer, without cessation. It is my hope that this book will give you, the reader, new options to consider, to try, to learn to live with what you cannot change, without hopelessness or despair.
Medicine Meditation is 198 pages in length and available in two forms: A print book for $14.99 and a download to your computer for $9.99.
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- Rethink the way you have always thought of “suffering”.
- Learn adaptive skills for living with chronic pain and illness.
- Learn ways you and your body can practice the phenomena of mindfulness–of truly living in the moment without the distractions of fear for the future or frightening memories of the past.
- Read of the various ways caretakers and physicians have learned to incorporate mindfulness/meditation into being with the ones they care for.
- Practice some of the alternative techniques which allow you to quiet your mind, become fully aware of your breath and the very moment it occurs.
- Discover how meditation has led practitioners to feel at peace with life on it’s own terms, rather than ceaselessly trying to force life into their own desires and demands.
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- Free yourself from the relentless thoughts of past and future, and learn to experience each current moment of your life to it’s fullest.
- Realize how learning to be mindfully present with each moment improves your ability to problem solve, to be more productive, to deepen your relationships with your family, your patients, your loved ones.
- Experience the peace that comes with accepting what IS, rather than what you wish it were.
- Discover that meditation is not about sitting like a stone Buddha; rather it will help you find the way that is right for you.
- Receive multiple perspectives on the advantages of understanding mindfulness,
a word meaning “being present in the moment” and a practice that is becoming more and more mainstream in medicine, psychology and even education.
- Understand what others are referring to when they speak of mindfulness.
- Understanding the boundaries of our own control within the world, to know where we can intercede and where we cannot.
- Eliminate the guilt that so often occurs when one feels they must “make everything OK for everyone”.
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Benefit from the wisdom of the incredible people I interviewed for this book. Discover what the experts say, such as Norman Fischer, former Abbot of San Francisco Zen Center, and now the creator and facilitator of “Every Day Zen”, a world wide ranging group of teachers, practitioners including lawyers, business people, varied clergy and everyday people like you and me. You will also read about of renown author, Ruth Ozeki, and how her meditation allowed her to live with and help and lovingly be with her mother for five years while her mother suffered sever Alzheimer’s.
Other fascinating stories include those of well known professors, researchers, and physicians who either practice meditation and incorporate what they learn into their mainstream academic work, or simply observe and document the varied forms of meditation healing rituals in different cultures. Perhaps, more importantly, you will read of the everyday, unknown individuals who practice and share the benefits of their practice with all others they encounter.
Following the above theme, one does not have to engage in the almost automatic road rage so endemic to our culture. You will learn that the ways we were all brought up, by parents and guardians simply doing their best by repeating their own upbringing, do not have to continue to control us if those ways are no longer helpful; nor do we have to repeat these teachings to our children. There are much more helpful and satisfying ways to respond to conflict, stress and the demands of parenting.
Medicine Meditation is a a guide book, written by twelve successful individuals who share their intimate experiences, insights and new learning that has developed over time as they practiced meditation, mindfulness, or simply learned from the loved one who practiced. The stories also document the links to web-sites which will expand and offer even more support, techniques and fascinating stories of how each person came to be where they are now in life. This book is a goldmine for those who want out of their daily physical and/or existential suffering of living in this difficult world.
- I offer this book to anyone who has struggled with physical or emotional suffering, who love and live or work with the suffering, to help them sort out which suffering is just the nature of this world, and which suffering is optional, not necessary if one wants to engage in life fully, according to their own beliefs and convictions.
- I offer this book to psychotherapists, psychologists, physicians, clergy and anyone else who is in the position to offer people a new and healthier way of being in the world.
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But especially, I offer this book to those of us who struggle with medical conditions we cannot change, but can learn to live with in a way that, if not able to “cure” us, gives us options for living with pain in a way that actually allows and ENCOURAGES us to live fully, every moment, without being overwhelmed by our fears, our beliefs and knee-jerk reactions to our pain.
May you find this book useful, helpful, inspiring and comforting as I have by interviewing these amazing people who shine a light on a different way to live with, as Buddhist writer, Pema Chodrin, puts it, “the wisdom of no escape”, from our suffering, and all we can learn from it and share with others.
Authors and Their Interviews:
Nancy Welch: A Life’s Journey to Joy
Norman Fischer: Working With the Chronically Ill
Ruth Ozeki: The Art of Living and Dying
Darlene Cohen: Even Arthritics Can Dance
John Wiley and Carolyne Milling: Zen and Caring For a Loved One
Marsha Linehan, PhD: Zen and Psychotherapy
Florence Caplow: Riding the Horse of Change
J.Lee Nelson, MD: Zen and Science
Sandy Taylor: A Life’s Work of Caring
Paula Arai, PhD: Japanese Women and Healing Rituals
Karen Cook: Living With Parkinson’s Disease
Tim Burnett: Zen and the Art of Caring for Family
David Zucker, MD,PhD: Cancer as Living Dharma
Best of Success,
Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
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