Friday, October 23

Today is Friday, October 23, 2020. Reflecting on the different perspectives and experiences in different places: it is the middle of Autumn in the northern hemisphere, and it is the middle of Spring in the southern hemisphere.

For the month of October, we celebrate Fun & Friendly Fridays.

Create opportunities to laugh with at least one other person. As the weather changes or during those times that we cannot see our loved ones easily, it helps to have alternative ways to check in with each other and to laugh and experience loving care.

Start your “Alternatives” list: a list of (creative) ideas on how you and your loved ones can laugh together, even when apart. Add to it as you discover new ideas.

To stay connected, and centered, you may choose to schedule routine reminders to check in with yourself. If you are feeling alone or you have not had enough laughter with loved ones, recently return to your list and activate one of your “alternatives.”

A Quote from Henry Ford, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

Photo by Simon Berger

Recharge yourself when you repeat:    

“I am [*Name*]. I am resilient and learning every day. I am part of 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. We are all connected. We can be resilient together.”

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.
    • Allow yourself to breathe slowly and calmly, pausing after each breath in, and then pausing again after each breath out.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP 

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