Monday, October 11

Today is Monday, October 11, 2021. Walking along the quieter beach, the soft sand is cool and accommodating.

A quote from Gretel Erlich, “Everything in nature invites us constantly to be what we are.”

Photo by: Bertrand Borie

This October, the focus is on the integration of life experiences, staying equally connected to optimism, as to any other belief or attitude.

Optimism can be defined as cheerfulness or hopefulness about the future. Allowing time for optimism creates balance.

Identify one thing that you can do that can improve your physical comfort, more-so if repeated over time. For example:

    • Add a quick neck and spine stretch routine when you spend longer periods of time seated.
    • Adjust your access to workspace to promote a balanced posture.
    • Use a soothing moisturizing lotion on your dry skin.
    • Drink water to hydrate your body.
    • Move your body in a way that feels comfortable to you.
    • Experience water therapy by soaking in a tub, gliding in a pool or refreshing in a shower.

Use this Mindfulness Activity to Re-energize 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.
  • Continuing the belly breathing, scan your body for tense areas that you can release on each exhalation.
  • On each breath cycle, allow that area to release tension as you allow those areas to refresh.

*Recharge yourself and share positive energy when you repeat:  

 “I am [*Name*].  I am open to the positive energy around me. As I connect to my courage, strength, and wisdom, I am open to new ideas and change.  I send loving kindness and compassion to all people including me.  Together, we can do great things.”

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP 

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