Friday, January 22

Today is Friday, January 22, 2021. As the weekend approaches, there is an opportunity to be reflective and to appreciate the positive influences in life.

An inspirational quote by Lao Tzu. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

The Joy of January. This is a symbolic month to launch the new year to lay the foundation for a brighter future. 

Establish centering items that naturally connect you with positive feelings and that ground you. Centering items can be anything that is meaningful to you – a special cup, photos, piece of art, view of water or nature, a reminder of someone you love, a colorful token, inspirational quote, beautiful color arrangement, a ring, images of the sky, etc.

Place them in places you can see at various times throughout your day. When you have moments of disruption or are experiencing escalating reactive feelings, look to your centering item, take a deep belly breath and allow yourself to tap into your calmness and inner strength.

Photo by Dan Deziel

Use this Mindfulness Activity to calm your Body and Mind:  

    • 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.
    • Wrap your arms around yourself into a warm embrace.
    • Close your eyes and tighten your embrace.
    • Take 3 deep belly breaths and release into your supportive embrace with each exhalation.

Recharge yourself and spread love and compassion when you repeat:    

“I am [*Name*]. I am doing what I can. I am aware of myself and others, and I belong to 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 connected. Together, we can do great things.”

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP