Wednesday, December 9

Today is Wednesday, December 9, 2020. Middle of the week reminder to allow some quiet space for thoughts.

December Delights. This month use the Daily Gift of Vitality, to allow a moment to pause and connect with what delights you. We will provide prompts and ideas along the way.

Create a space of delight.

    • Create a way to experience visual delight whenever you want. It might be a photo collage, scrapbook or posterity box filled with memories or things that delight you and cheer you up to see it.
    • Consider preparing options for aromatherapy using scented delights such as a scented candle, essential oils, potpourri or put favorite fragrances in hot water like a bath or boiling water.
    • Find ways to incorporate sensory delights for the skin. Silky undergarments or pajamas. Furry blankets or fuzzy slippers. Soft and fluffy scarves, earmuffs and socks are lovely too.
    • Surround yourself with delightful sounds. Create a playlist of your favorite uplifting pieces, record yourself or someone you love, singing or serenading you, capture the delight of a baby’s or small child’s peals of uncontrolled laughter.
    • Draw or write down thoughts and images that delight you and collect them in your journal over time.

An inspirational quote by Lisa Lieberman-Wang, “When life brings big winds of change that almost blow you over, close your eyes, hold on tight, and believe.”

Photo by: Yuiizaa September

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.
    • Relax your jaw. Gently bring your chin down to your chest, release your jaw muscles. Your mouth may open slightly.
    • Lift your head back up, leaving your jaw muscles loose and down towards your chest. Your mouth may open further.
    • Gently, lift your jaw up to close your lips and let your jaw stay relaxed. Smile and let your calm jaw muscles rest a bit more.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP