Wednesday, November 11

Today is Wednesday, November 11, 2020. It’s midweek, cooler temperatures ahead in the Northern Hemisphere, and glowing lights appear as seasons change. Looking forward with hope and connecting with the beauty of the present.

November is for nesting, nourishing, and nurturing.

While the winter approaches in the northern hemisphere, nature reminds us to slow down and recharge in more quiet ways. As animals hibernate or move to warmer climates, we invite you to explore nourishing activities for your mind and body.

Look around and find the beauty in your present space and time. It may be something simple that has always been there, or it may be something that is new or changing. Capture moments of beautiful colors and immerse yourself in the beauty. You may choose to pause and acknowledge it, write about it, take a photo, draw or paint it, or share it with a postcard, phone call or virtual connection.

22.9.marcykamenPhoto & Sketch by: Dr. Marcy Kamen, “Moments of Tranquility as we exhale.” Taking time for self-nurturing activities to give yourself joy and moments of tranquility. Evening sunset and Morning sketch.

An inspirational Quote from Edith Wharton, “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”

Recharge yourself when you repeat:    

“I am [*Name*]. I am human. My mind, my body, and my spirit are connected, and I am a part of a global community. I love myself and others 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 and compassion to all people. We are all human. We can create positive energy 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.   
    • Release your eye muscles with 3 breaths, allowing your eyes to rest.
    • Loosen your jaw muscles and let your mouth and lips rest. Allow 3 breaths.
    • Let your hands gently rest. Be present with yourself and enjoy this pause to refresh.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP