Morris Goodman
Case Study, Healing, Recovery

The Miracle Man… Doctors said “You Will Never Breath on Your Own, Speak or Walk Again” Well He Did!!! Part 1 of 2

Yes that’s right! Morris Goodman walked unaided, straight out the main entrance of the hospital.

Even though Morris was completely paralysed and his 1st and 2nd vertebrae were broken, he had no doubt about his recovery even when Doctors told him that he would not breath on his own, speak or walk again.
He states that it does not matter what they thought of me, the only thing that mattered is what I thought.

Morris realised that he controlled his destiny and would live with the consequences of the choices he made, and not the doctors, so he chose the most positive behaviour to aid his recovery.
He set his own goals and knew each individual targeted goal he would require to achieve his ultimate aim of walking out of the hospital by Christmas.

What are Your Goals?

How do you want to live Your Life?

“If you don’t have a dream or a goal how is it supposed to come true?” Morris Goodman Click to Tweet

I would argue that Morris naturally had the correct mindset to recover but that does not mean YOU cannot learn and develop a similar mindset to aid your own recovery.

This remarkable video demonstrates the tremendous mindset of The Miracle Man – Morris Goodman.

Here is what you are going learn from the miracle man…

  1. Find out why acceptance is the key to your own Recovery…
  2. Why you need to take total responsibility for your own recovery
  3. How to set your own goals that speed up recovery…
  4. How to use the astonishing Healing power of your own mind…

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Why acceptance is the key to your own Recovery…

Ok, let me ask you this, and really be completely honest with yourself! How are you feeling Right Now in this very moment?

  • How are you resisting?
  • Are You Feeling angry?
  • Frustrated or are you tense?
  • What is your body telling you?

Are you tense in the shoulders?…neck or stomach…are you clenching your fists?…Is you breathing shallow? Or maybe you have a headache!
What are you thinking right Now?

  • “Why me?”
  • “I wish it would just go way!”
  • “This is not how life should be”
  • Or just simply “ I am pissed off with it all”

Now you have a choice….You can accept it or resist it?

“What you resist will persist.” Buddhist Quote Click to Tweet

Let me explain,

The aim with the feeling of pain or discomfort is to observe it and not resist it.

Read that last sentence again. I know it sounds counter-intuitive but it is so important you understand and really take it in!

So what does that mean?

To put it simply, you just need to take a step back and take a real good look at your life.
Remember the pain and discomfort is only a part of your life. It may be a big part, but it’s only a part!

Now, take a deep breath and calmly say to yourself “I choose to accept whatever is happening to me right now”

Now ask yourself… “What is a better choice for me right now?”

Examples of better choices and resistance coping skills…

Laughter…

Laugh as much as you can, Ok you are not feeling your best but that doesn’t mean you cannot laugh. Watch a funny film, a comedian you know is funny or look up some funny Youtube videos.
The animal and children videos are my favourites; I can’t stop laughing at some of them, you know what I mean, that gut wrenching laughter where you just can’t stop.

Family and Friends…

Spend time with loved ones and friends that understand and support you on your path. Just being around the people you love is amazing, especially children, they make you laugh and are always doing something to keep your attention.

Acts of kindness…

At least once a day do an act of kindness to either someone you know or a complete stranger. It may just be a simple comment about someone’s appearance. Just do was feels right for you.
Gratitude…

Each day write down a list of things you are most grateful in your life. You could start with being grateful for your family and friends, a roof over your head or your pet that gives you so much pleasure. Once you start you will find it hard to stop.

Just think of the examples above as choices, nothing more nothing less. You do have choice!

  • Choose to resist it and focus on the pain with all the negative thoughts.
  • Choose to accept the pain and move on to more positive thoughts.

Ok, let’s move on.

Taking total responsibility for your own recovery…

Firstly, let’s take a look at Morris Goodman, he realised that he controlled his destiny and would live with the consequences of the choices he made

He took total responsibility; He did not let anyone stand in his way, not even the doctors.

The only person that can take responsibility for your recovery and your own life is YOU!

Take these examples…

  • In the west we would go to our doctor and ask how can YOU help me with my condition?
  • Now, in the east we would go the doctor and then ask how can I help myself to ease the pain and discomfort.

Can you see the difference? With the eastern example, we are taking responsibility for our own recovery.

Now, I am not saying that you ignore your doctor’s advice! But what I would say, you can still take full responsibility for your own recovery and help avoid other health issues in the future.

issues in the future.

Examples of taking full responsibility for your own recovery…

Eating well…

Having a healthy diet is one of most important things you can do to help you recover from pain and discomfort, and also helps prevents further problems in the future.

As you know there is so much advice out there on dieting and which are the right foods to eat. But my favourite is just so simple. It is from Louise L Hay,

“If it grows eat it …if it doesn’t grow don’t eat it”

How simple is that! If you just follow this simple advice from Louise L Hay to help your recovery, you will find that your energy levels will rise and you will look and feel healthier.

Exercise and fitness…

Keeping fit and healthy is another major part at taking full responsibility for your own recovery.

Of course we all have our own personal limits and challenges. But that does not mean we all cannot keep active. Even, if that is just 10 to 30 minutes.

Here are few examples…

Walking…

Start off at your own pace for about 10 minutes a day. When you find it getting too easy, increase to 15 minutes… then to 20 minutes… maybe 30 minutes. Do whatever feels right for you!  You will be simply amazed by the benefits.

Yoga, Pilates and T’ai Chi

Whatever challenges you’re going through in your life right now. Yoga, Pilates or T’ai Chi will have massive benefits, not just on your body, but also your mind.

You may have to do little research which one is best for you. As a guide, try to focus on the one that looks at Meditation, breathing and posture.

Gentle stretching and strengthening exercises

These can be as simple as turning your head to look over your shoulder or stretching your arm towards the ceiling. My advice is to have a chat with a physiotherapist to find which exercises suit your personal needs.

Your only responsibility is to stick with exercise plan. The physiotherapist can give you plan and give his advice, but you are the only one that can execute it.

Swimming…

I think this is a great choice! Whatever you may be going through, swimming is great for fitness and pain management. You can get amazing benefits at any fitness level or ability.

Just being in the water itself is enough to start with, as your body has to work harder to move around in the water.

Here are a few more.

  • hydrotherapy
  • Gentle aqua aerobics
  • Water polo
  • Walking or running in water

If you are not sure, take a visit to your doctor or your local swimming pool and take a look at what they have to offer.

Meditation…

Meditation is great way to relax and let go of the negative self-talk and reduce pain and discomfort.

Mindfulness meditation is one of the most popular, and has been shown in clinical trials to reduce chronic pain by 57 per cent.

That’s huge!!

Even some hospital pain clinics are now using mindfulness meditation to help their patients cope with a wide range of conditions and diseases.

Such as, Cancer.. heart disease… and Arthritis. It is also used for back problems, migraines and fibromyalgia.

Basically, whatever you may be going through, Meditation can help you far more than you could have ever imagined.

Now that you know what mindfulness meditation can do, let’s show you how it can help YOU!

The Body Scan Meditation…

If you have never experienced a body scan meditation before you are in for a real treat!

You do not have to expert meditator to feel the benefits. And you can start seeing results quickly.

Ok, let’s start,

Find a quiet place to lie down or sit, just do whatever feels right you. Turn of your phone and make sure you will not be disturbed for 20 minutes.

When you are comfortable, take 3 deep breaths in through nose and out through mouth. Then start to focus on your breathing, feel your chest going up and down.

If it feels natural try to take the breath right down into your belly.

Get into a rhythm…In and Out…In and Out…In and Out, as you start to relax.

You may start thinking negative thoughts or start to feel pain and discomfort, just smile and move your focus back to your breathing.

Now you are relaxed and still focusing on your breathing, you are going to focus on relaxing individual parts of your body….

  • Starting from your scalp then moving down to your forehead
  • Around your eyes
  • Cheeks
  • Lips
  • Neck
  • Continue working your way down your body to your toes.

By now you are totally relaxed, now with each out breath try to relax even more and just enjoy the feeling of being relaxed and in the moment.

When you are ready start to come back to full awareness, do this at your own in your own time. Just wait until you are fully back to awareness before carry on with your day.

And of course, Practice…Practice…Practice

The more you practice the deeper you will relax each time you do it.

The best time to practice is in the morning just before you get up as you are already relaxed from a night sleep.

I really hope you enjoyed the body scan meditation.

Now, as I mentioned before, taking total responsibility for your life and your recovery is a choice, nothing more nothing less!

If we take a look at Morris Goodman, he had accepted where was at that moment and took total responsibility for his goal, to walk out of the hospital unaided by Christmas.

Even though the doctors said he would not be able to breathe, talk, let alone walk out the front door of the hospital.

That brings us nicely to the end of this first part in which we have looked and discussed:

  • Find out why acceptance is the key to your own Recovery…
  • Why you need to take total responsibility for your own recovery

In the second part of this post, which can be read here, we investigate:

  1. How to set your own goals that speed up recovery…
  2. How to use the astonishing Healing power of your own mind…

Until then take care.

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