Today is Friday, May 22, 2020. What a fabulous Friday. This is a great day to make eye contact with someone else and smile with your eyes.
As we move forward together, moments of reflection can allow us to recognize and share in the love and kindness around us. We share these daily anchoring messages to offer a simple routine that can be a helpful anchor in uncertain moments.
Today’s Inspiration: A Quote from Steve Jobs
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something–your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
Here’s what you can do today, right now, during transitions, after absorbing 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.
- Tilt your head for a gentle neck stretch.
- Gently tilt your head to the right so that your right ear is closer to your right shoulder. Raise your right arm to gently rest your right hand on the left side of your head, holding that stretch for 2 belly breaths.
- Release and repeat the same movement on the other side by tilting your left ear to your left shoulder and use your left hand to rest on your head to hold the stretch for 2 belly breaths.
- Bring your head to neutral and tilt your chin up and then down. Smile and enjoy moving on.
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.”
With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,
Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP