Wednesday, August 31

Today is Wednesday, August 31, 2022. Noticing the birds splashing in the water while the fish fly through the air with each jump.

A quote by Timber Hawkeye, “You can’t calm the storm, so stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass.

Photo by: Wendell Adreil

This August is about simplifying to calm and restore inner peace. 

End the month with a brain dump. Write down everything on your mind. Cross off the things you can let go of. Make a list of what you need to do. Highlight the things you want to remember to return to. And then release and allow some time engaging with nature.

Practice this Mindfulness Activity to Re-energize your Body and Mind whenever you need a moment to reset – while waiting, before, after, or to transition between activities:

  • 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. 
  • Allow yourself to be curious, notice the sensation: is the air warm, are the shoulders relaxed, what are the sounds that you hear?  If your mind wanders away from your focus on breathing it is OK, simply note that and then return to your breaths.

Recharge yourself and share positive energy when you repeat:  

“I am [*Name*]. I can do this. As I connect to my inner self, I am open to the Happiness and positive energy around me. 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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