Category Archives: mindfulness

How to Reduce Stress – Guaranteed

How to Reduce Stress

My guest on Parkinsons Recovery Radio Tuesday was Bob Stahl PhD who answered the question everyone wants to hear – “What is mindfulness?” He offered an eloquent discussion of how mindfulness helps people live more fulfilling lives. If you are interested in reversing your symptoms you can spend a ton of money on therapies or you can become more mindful. The difference? Mindfulness is free and effective.
As he explains on his website:
“Mindfulness is the practice of being aware of what’s happening in the present moment. Whenever you bring awareness to what you’re directly doing or experiencing in your body and mind, you’re being mindful.”

To hear a recording of the show, visit:

Stress and Parkinson’s Disease

It is well known that stress has a direct and profound impact on the symptoms that are associated with Parkinson’s Disease. The connection is immediate. When you are stressed symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease will inevitably flare up.

Without stress, the symptoms of Parkinson’s have a terribly difficult time showing up. How can you reduce the stresses in your daily life? One profound, natural and effective approach for reducing stress is to become more mindful and present to the each and every moment.

I must confess I did not have a clue how to become more mindful until I began a project in collaboration with Nancy Welch several years ago. Nancy, a psychotherapist and expert on Mindfulness as well as chronic illness, and I conducted interviews with national experts on mindfulness during 2010. Their wisdom is now captured in Nancy’s new book, Medicine and Meditation, which has just been released as a paper back and a download to your computer.

Nancy Welch’s new book is entitled: Medicine and Meditation, Conversations on Mindfulness in the Management of Chronic Pain and Illness is a true gem. Some of you may have listened to some of these interviews when they were aired live. Her new book explains in detail how we all can become more mindful which reduces stress and invites our hormones to come back into balance. I believe the potential for reversing the symptoms of Parkinson’s is significant when mindfulness is practiced. .

The print book is $14.99 and the download is $9.99. For further information and to order, visit:

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Pioneers of Recovery