Friday, October 7

Today is Friday, October 7, 2022. Spiced tea and a chilly morning, fall is in the air.

A quote by Lu Yu, “Tea tempers the spirit, harmonizes the mind, dispels lassitude and relieves fatigue, awakens the thought and prevents drowsiness.”

Photo by: Mireille Nelson

October is the perfect time to engage your inner creative self. Be creative with warmth and comfort. Cinnamon, macadamia nut milk in coffee. Cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves in black tea. Mint leaves in green tea. Adding frothed nut milks also makes for a lovely latte.

If you want to jazz up broths and soups, combine new spices with bone broth, vegetable soup, chicken soup, miso soup or explore other flavors found in tom yum soup, harira soup, tinola or chupe de marisco.

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.

Establishing a regular practice of pausing makes it easier to reset when you need it the most. You can start your practice at any time, even now.

  • 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. 
  • Keep it simple and let barriers go; breath in positive healing energy, breathe out and release that which holds you back.

Recharge yourself, tap into your strength and share positive energy when you repeat:  

“I am [*Name*]. I can do this. This is temporary. I have successfully handled difficult challenges in the past. 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