Today is Monday, July 20, 2020. Being part of nature, the quiet moments are calming and allow reflection.
Inspiration: A Quote from Neil Barringham
“The grass is greener where you water it.”
Photo by Dan Deziel, “Placid Again”
Optional 31 Days to Experience the Joy of Movement. Day #20.
Goal: Walking for a minimum of 15 minutes daily which may extend life expectancy by 3 years. If you have achieved this goal already, you may choose to increase duration or intensity.
The objective is not to do the most difficult activity, it is to move consistently. Modify these activities as needed for your safety and your abilities*.
Week 3: Progress. Continue energizing with water throughout the day. You know when and where you will walk. Review your commitment to yourself and check in with yourself.
Day 6. Walk to improve your circulation. Consider paying attention to your physical sensations. As you walk, do you feel some sweat on your skin? Do you feel a breeze in your hair?
Use your walking
journal to record your progress. What’s changing? Submit a picture from your walk to the Daily Gift of Vitality blog and/or connect with your walking partner.
Here’s a photo from Dan: “It’s a fallen leaf (tulip poplar) that has eyes, like a Mardi Gras mask or cartoon.”
Recharge yourself when you repeat:
“I am [*Name*]. I am resilient and growing every day during new challenges. I believe in the strength in me and the global community. I love myself because I have kindness and love in my heart and soul. As I think about those I love and care for, I send loving kindness out to all people.”
The Mindfulness Activity to practice this week to create Calm Moments:
- Straighten your spine. Roll your shoulders back and down, 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.
- Now, Listen…
- Sit quietly with your hands closed in your lap
- Close your eyes briefly
- See if you can distinguish different sounds. Open one finger for each unique sound you can hear.
With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,
Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP
*Please confirm with your doctor which activities are appropriate for you.