Today, is Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Today feels like a fresh new start. The air moves as the earth turns.
While there is uncertainty 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.
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.
- Spend a moment to release your jaw as you continue to breathe.
- Use your fingertips to massage the muscles of your face starting by your ears.
- Gently massage either in circular motions or by pressing and “walking” your fingers on your face.
- Let your face feel your fingers and your fingers feel your facial muscles. Let your jaw loosen and your mouth may open slightly.
- Now, move your fingers along your jaw bone towards your chin then work your way back towards your ears and move up the sides of your face to your temples then to the top of the head. Some places may want you to linger there longer.
- When you are ready, let your hands come back to your sides and smile.
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 from William Shakespeare
“Make use of time, let not advantage slip”
With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,
Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP