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Tai Ji Tears

Below I have posted a marvelous poem written by Daniel Loney who is virtually symptom free from Parkinson’s today thanks to his practice and dedication to Tai Chi. You can hear my interview with Daniel Loney by visiting:

Once on the Parkinsons Recovery radio program website above. scroll down to my December 3, 2009 interview with Daniel.

Robert Rodgers Ph.D.
Parkinsons Recovery

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Below is the poem Daniel Loney wrote this week,

Tai Ji Tears

Exhausted from the fight
And weary of the journey,
I find rest upon a city bench
Parked, like a statue in the square.
Ignored and invisible to passersby
Who scurry through their lives,
They move with quickness and with ease,
A pace I can no longer keep.

Yet, there is still a hidden place
Where I am king.
A world where every move
Becomes a gift of praise.
A place where tears flow freely
In thanks for heaven’s grace.

Stillness is my solace,
And slowness is my sanctuary
Where every muscle, joint, and sinew seeks its rightful place,
And every limb and organ finds harmony in the whole.
Where I am quiet as a mountain,
Yet, flowing like a river great.

With the grace of a white crane spreading wings,
I move,
And with the firmness of a golden pheasant on one leg,
I stand.
Using the guile of a snake creeping down,
I fight,
And with the stealth of a tiger seeking prey,
I conquer.
Like a horse jumping over a stream,
I soar in victory,
And with the surety of a sparrow returning to its nest,
In triumph I fly.

So, if in your daily journey
Rushing from place to place,
You happen upon a man
Dancing an ancient dance,
And diamond drops rest on his cheeks

Know that he is immersed in tai ji prayer,
Crying tai ji tears of faith,
Worshiping through movement in awe of his Creator.

Daniel Loney

Prayer of My Soul

Below is a divinely inspired poem by Jeff Meyers. Jeff’s father pioneered development of Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery for Parkinson’s.

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Parkinsons Recovery

Divine Conscious Love
Holy Awareness of All Creation

May the Rose of Christ
Bloom in My Heart

Ruler of Mind and Savior of The Soul
Live in Me Today

Be For Me the Bread of Truth
As I Freely Give Bread of Others

Let Me Grow in Wisdom
Understanding all Creation

Let Truth Enter My Heart
That I Might See

May I Hear and Understand
That Conscious Love Increases

Let My Heart Know Holiness
That My Being Reflects Divine Union with Thee

Jeff Meyers

I Never Saw It Coming

I never saw it coming.
My life’s been rearranged.
So altered, not original,
I’ll never be the same.

The breath I breathe reduced,
The functions that I had,
the limitations place on me,
sometimes, it makes me sad.

I struggle almost every day
to do those basic things.
Can never plan what I’ll do next,
not sure what next, life brings.

My heart still has the want to…
My head might misdirect,
but I get up, keep going.
My feelings I protect.

I’m not the kind to give up.
I’m not the kind to quit.
Sometimes, I’m very mobile.
Sometimes, I have to sit.

So, if your body’s healthy,
your mind is good and strong,
today’s the day, give life your all,
tomorrow, it could be gone.

Kenneth Allen Patrick