Wednesday, November 10

Today is Wednesday, November 10, 2021. Journaling to refocus the mind. Reset.

A quote from Kalpana Chawla, “The path from dreams to success does exist. May have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it.”

Photo by: Nicole Siparsky, MD

This November, it’s about novelty for personal growth and confidence, for opportunities to interact with new people, and for play.

Explore learning and thinking about new ideas.

    • Engage in open conversations with someone who has a different perspective than you. Seek to learn about their perspectives.
    • Read a biography of someone you admire or someone you know little about. Be curious about their life experiences that shaped them.
    • Take a course online or at a local college for the purpose of expanding your mind, learning something new and interesting. History and philosophy departments may be a novel starting place.
    • Engage in an art or music experiences that tap into creative minds and the various forms of expression. Notice what inspires you.

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.
  • Practice gently releasing the muscle tension in your neck.
      1. Gently roll your neck side to side, slowly. Repeat 3 times, each direction.
      2. Gently and slowly tilt your chin down and release your shoulders. Take 3 deep, slow breaths. Bring your chin to neutral.
      3. Roll your shoulders forwards and then backwards. Smile as you allow renewed energy.

*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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