Monday, April 6

Today, is Monday, April 6, 2020. It’s getting warmer, the trees are budding.  

There is uncertainty and fear around us right now. There is also love and kindness around us, always.

During times of uncertainty, it helps to have some structured routines. We’d like to offer a daily anchoring message for those of you who may find it helpful for you, your coworkers, your loved ones, and/or your community/patients.

Here’s what you can do today, right now, during transitions, after listening to the news or when going to sleep: 

  • Roll your shoulders back, smile to yourself, & relax your jaw.
  • Take slow deep belly breaths, allowing your stomach to rise with each breath in and relax with each breath out. You may find that each breath gets better and better. Allow your shoulders to relax on each exhale.
  • To restore the body, experience Ocean Breathing as taught by Jeff Warren.
    • While belly breathing, imagine yourself floating on the surface of the ocean
    • Your breath is like the tide, as you inhale the tide rises and it lifts your body up, as you exhale the body relaxes.  Feel your body being carried by the tide.

Anchor yourself with this daily statement: 

“I am [*Name*].  I am doing what I can to be helpful. I love myself because I have kindness and love in my heart and soul.  I am part of the global community and we are all working together to get through this. This is temporary. We can do this. As I think about those I love and care for, I send loving kindness out to all people.”

 Today’s Inspiration: A Quote by Jon Kabat-Zan:

 “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf”

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings, 

Naomi Parrella & Fran Lee

Twitter: @NParrellaMD

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