Monday, April 20

Today, is Monday, April 20, 2020.  The rain and sun are nurturing growth all around us.

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.
  • Identify 1 thing in your daily life that usually goes unnoticed
    1. Notice the intricate details
    2. Acknowledge its role in your daily life

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: from Dr. Gina Kring. Photos of her garden’s progress.

“The snow has melted off the daffodils twice this week.  Fragrant grape hyacinth have popped up. Early red tulips are starting to peak out of their buds. Summer perennials like corral bells, mint, periwinkle, hosta are starting to come out.  The garden reminds me of a good team.  Each member has different rhythms and styles.  Individually each is a star but they really shine together.  Just as the hardy early bloomers start to fade, the next crop fills in and brings their strengths to adjust to the ever-changing environment.”

Next day Follow up from Dr. Gina Kring’s Garden

One day later and the tulips are opening.  Spring is gathering momentum 

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,   

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP  

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, April 19

Today, is Sunday, April 19, 2020.  The winds are calming, the sun is warmer

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.
  • Immerse yourself in a daily task– brushing your teeth, making a cup of coffee, starting your computer
    1. Focus on your movements when performing the task
    2. Feel the objects you are using
    3. Listen to the sounds

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 Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,   

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP  

 

 

Saturday, April 18

Today, is Saturday, April 18, 2020. It is the weekend. The paths are open and this day holds promise.

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.
  • Experience Mindful Listening
    1. Select a piece of music from a genre you have not heard before
    2. Allow yourself to explore every aspect of the music, give your awareness permission to ascend into the sounds
    3. Explore the sounds of each instrument
    4. Simply hear the sounds

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: Shared by Dr. Jose Velasco, A Quote from Thich Nhat Hanh 

“The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention.”

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,    

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP   

 

 

 

Friday, April 17

Today, is Friday, April 17, 2020. The winds are changing and at moments it is still.  It’s snowing in Chicago.

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.
  • Name 3 Sensations to reset your focus, shared by Kevin Leavesley
    1. Name 3 things you can see.
    2. Name 3 things you can hear.
    3. Name 3 things you can feel.

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 Helen Keller 

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”

Photo in New York, shared by Nicole Siparsky, M.D.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings, 

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP 

 

Thursday, April 16

Today, is Thursday, April 16, 2020. The leaves are cool and some flower petals have fallen, while new ones have blossomed. 

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.
  • Be present with the sounds around you.
    1. Close your eyes or gaze ahead and rest your eyes.
    2. Hear the sounds around you. Notice the rhythmic sounds, or the constant sounds and just listen.
    3. When you are ready, open your eyes and see your surroundings.

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: Photo & Quote From Dr. Gina Kring, after it snowed on her daffodils on April 15th

“Into every daffodil’s life a little snow must fall.  Don’t let the cold get you down, the sun will come out again and we will spring back and be glorious again.”

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings, 

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP 

 

Wednesday, April 15

Today, is Wednesday, April 15, 2020. The birds are nesting and the season advances. Temperatures fluctuate. 

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.
  • Experience your inner glow.
    1. Sit or stand comfortably. Laying down is fine too.
    2. Focus on a central place on your body that feels like your core right now. It may be your chest, your belly or your pelvis.
    3. Imagine a healing glowing light beginning there and spreading from that core to the rest of your body.
    4. Imagine that glow clearing and healing all the parts of your body as it radiates out.
    5. Smile to yourself and know that you can share that glow every time you smile at another.

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 Debasish Mridha

“If you think life is magical or life is hard, either way you are right. Your thoughts are the source of reality.”

Today’s Photo Shared by Dr. Jose Velasco, “Teton Mountains”

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,   

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP  

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 14

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.
    1. Use your fingertips to massage the muscles of your face starting by your ears.
    2. Gently massage either in circular motions or by pressing and “walking” your fingers on your face.
    3. Let your face feel your fingers and your fingers feel your facial muscles. Let your jaw loosen and your mouth may open slightly.
    4. 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.
    5. 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  

 

 

 

Monday, April 13

Today, is Monday, April 13, 2020. The weather changes. The natural daylight is refreshing.  

While 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.

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.
  • Take a moment to feel your body recharge.
    1. Put one hand on your heart and the other on your belly, shoulders relaxed.
    2. With each breath, feel your belly rise and gently press on your hand, while your hand feels your heart beat respond.
    3. Let each exhale glide out while your hand follows.

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 Plato

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,   

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP  

 

Sunday, April 12

Today, is Sunday, April 12, 2020.  The world has sparkle. There is beauty in unexpected places.

While 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.

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.
  • Choose a centering word that is neutral to you and simple. You might choose “now” or “one” or “peace.”
    1. As you exhale, say your chosen word. Focus on the vibration of the word as you hear it. Repeat.
    2. As you exhale and say your word, imagine dropping a smooth pebble in clear water and watch it gently settle gently on the bottom, relaxed and comfortable.
    3. Finally, as you continue your deep belly breaths, notice the ripples on the water are gently gliding out. Repeat your word on every exhale until the ripples have settled.

Anchor yourself with this daily statement:   

“I am [*Name*]. I am doing what I can to be helpful.  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 Alice Walker: 

“We are the ones we have been waiting for.”

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,    

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP   

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, April 11

Today, is Saturday, April 11, 2020.  It is a beautiful day. The willow tree branches are swaying with their new green leaves.

While 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.

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.
  • Experience the DaVinci Breath
    1. Either standing or laying on your back, put your arms up and out overhead and stand with legs out, making an “X” with your body’s arms and legs.
    2. Focus on lowering your shoulders while keeping the arms extended and take 2 deep belly breaths.
    3. Bring your palms together in front of your face, and lower them in front of you and release your hands to your sides.
    4. Turn palms out at your sides and smile and release.

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 shared by Dr. Carl E. Lambert, a Quote from Maya Angelou: 

“I can be changed by what happens to me.  But I refuse to be reduced by it.”

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,    

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP