Why Zen and living with Parkinson’s? I added the subtitle as I hope to also chronicle the effects of practicing the principles of Buddhism as I deal with the progress of PD. In particular I think it will be interesting to see how meditation impacts the stress of my day to day dealings with the vagaries of Parkinson’s. I have used meditative techniques for stress and general well being for many years. Those that know me well probably recognize my motto in the title of this blog…It Is What It Is. I am a ‘glass is half full’ kind of guy and I hope to maintain that attitude as I walk this path. Buddha is rumored to have said “It is better to travel well than to arrive.” It is about the journey, not the destination. I am traveling well, enjoying today, not looking to some event in the future to provide me happiness, but enjoying it one day at a time.
Our friends Mary and Judy from Indiana spent a few days with us this week. We had a great time visiting, cruising on the pontoon, and touring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was a very enjoyable visit and a good time was had by all! The full dose of medication continues to reduce the stiffness and rigidity in my legs and has helped some with the balance issues so I had limited problems while they were here.
And a reminder, the Michael J Fox show premiers September 26th, check your local listings for the time in your location. I will probably remind you again (and again) as the date gets closer.