Saturday, July 4

Today is Saturday, July 4, 2020. Looking up to the changing sky, realizing the sky is not the limit.  

 Inspiration: A Quote from Hellen Keller

“The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.”

31 Days to Experience the Joy of Movement.

Goal: Walking for a minimum of 15 minutes daily which may extend life expectancy by 3 years. If you have achieved this goal already, you may choose to increase duration or intensity over the next 31 days.

The objective is not to do the most difficult activity, it is to move consistently. Modify these activities as needed for your safety and your abilities*.

Week 1: Preparation.

Day 4. Plan where you will walk.

Recharge yourself when you repeat:    

“I am [*Name*]. I am resilient and growing every day during new challenges. I believe in the strength in me and the global community. I love myself 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 out to all people.”

The Mindfulness Activity to practice this week to create Calm Moments:  

  • 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.
  • Advance the healing power of deep breathing with Box Breathing (Sama Vritti Pranayama). This technique is used by the Navy Seals for focus.
    1. Breathe in through your nose for a count of 4. Try to feel the breath in your nose.
    2. Hold your breath for a count of 4.
    3. Exhale for a count of 4.
    4. Hold for a count of 4.
    5. You can change the duration of breathing, holding and exhaling to your comfort zone.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,    

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP   

*Please confirm with your doctor which activities are appropriate for you.

 

Friday, July 3

Today is Friday, July 3, 2020. Watching the ripples on water alters the reflections.

Inspiration: A Quote from Stephen Grellet, (1773-1855), shared by Dr. Jose Velasco

“I expect to pass through the world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness I can show to any creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer it, for I shall not pass this way again.”

31 Days to Experience the Joy of Movement.

Goal: Walking for a minimum of 15 minutes daily which may extend life expectancy by 3 years. If you have achieved this goal already, you may choose to increase duration or intensity over the next 31 days.

The objective is not to do the most difficult activity, it is to move consistently. Modify these activities as needed for your safety and your abilities*.

Week 1: Preparation.

Day 3. Plan when you are going to walk.

Recharge yourself when you repeat:    

“I am [*Name*]. I am resilient and growing every day during new challenges. I believe in the strength in me and the global community. I love myself 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 out to all people.”

A Mindfulness Practice to Create a Calming Moment:  

  • 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.
  • Advance the healing power of deep breathing with Box Breathing (Sama Vritti Pranayama). This technique is used by the Navy Seals for focus.
    1. Breathe in through your nose for a count of 4. Try to feel the breath in your nose.
    2. Hold your breath for a count of 4.
    3. Exhale for a count of 4.
    4. Hold for a count of 4.
    5. You can change the duration of breathing, holding and exhaling to your comfort zone.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP   

*Please confirm with your doctor which activities are appropriate for you.

 

 

Wednesday, July 01

Today is Wednesday, July 01, 2020. The new month begins. Since 1903, the famous bike race, the Tour de France, begins on July 1.

New! 31 Days to Experience the Joy of Movement.

Goal: Walking for a minimum of 15 minutes daily which may extend life expectancy by 3 years. If you have achieved this goal already, you may choose to increase duration or intensity over the next 31 days.

The objective is not to do the most difficult activity, it is to move consistently. Modify these activities as needed for your safety and your abilities*.

Week 1: Preparation.

Day 1. Make sure you are energizing your body with water throughout the day.

Inspiration: A Quote from William James.

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”

Recharge yourself when you repeat:    

“I am [*Name*]. I am resilient and growing every day during new challenges. I believe in the strength in me and the global community. I love myself 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 out to all people.”

This Week’s Mindfulness Practice to Create a Calming Moment:  

  • 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.
  • Advance the healing power of deep breathing with Box Breathing (Sama Vritti Pranayama). This technique is used by the Navy Seals for focus.
    • Breathe in through your nose for a count of 4. Try to feel the breath in your nose.
    • Hold your breath for a count of 4.
    • Exhale for a count of 4.
    • Hold for a count of 4.
    • You can change the duration of breathing, holding and exhaling to your comfort zone.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP   

*Please confirm with your doctor which activities are appropriate for you.

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, June 30

Today is Tuesday, June 30, 2020. There is a theory that the month of June is named after the Roman goddess of marriage, Juno. Reflecting on the past 6 months, and this month’s journey…

Inspiration: A Quote from Oprah Winfrey

“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.”

Recharge yourself when you repeat:   

“I am [*Name*].  I am resilient and growing every day during new challenges. I believe in the strength in me and the global community. I love myself 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 out to all people.”

Today’s Mindfulness Practice:  

  • 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.
  • Create more space
    1. Clean out or rearrange a room
    2. Clean out a drawer or the corner of your desk
    3. Acknowledge your accomplishment,
    4. Explore the feeling of the new space you created

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,    

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP   

 

 

 

 

Monday, June 29

Today is Monday, June 29, 2020. Humans continue to share through images. The first cartoon was created in 1908 by French cartoonist Emile Cohl, it was called Fantasmagorie.

Inspiration: A Quote from Montesquieu

“To become truly great, one hast to stand with people, not above them.”

Recharge yourself when you repeat:    

“I am [*Name*].  I am resilient and growing every day during new challenges. I believe in the strength in me and the global community.  I love myself 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 out to all people.”

Today’s Mindfulness Practice:  

  • 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.
  • Watch an episode of your favorite childhood cartoon.
    1. Laugh and smile at your childhood memories.
    2. Connect with the silliness of the cartoon.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,    

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP   

 

 

 

 

Sunday, June 28

Today is Sunday, June 28, 2020. The sun is traveling at 220 kilometers per second.

Inspiration: A Quote from Deepak Chopra

“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you”

Photo Above “Dawn” by Bryan Deziel. Photo Below, “Moonlight” by Dan Deziel.   

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Recharge yourself when you repeat:

“I am [*Name*].  I am resilient and growing every day during new challenges. I believe in the strength in me and the global community.  I love myself 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 out to all people.”

Today’s Mindfulness Practice:

  • 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.
  • Wake up early to watch the sun rise.
    • Feel the energy the sun brings to us each and every day.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,    

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP   

 

 

 

Saturday, June 27th

Today is Saturday, June 27th, 2020. The number of cuisines around the world is countless.

Inspiration: A Quote from Toni Morrison

“If there is a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it”

Recharge yourself when you repeat:   

“I am [*Name*].  I am resilient and growing every day during new challenges. I believe in the strength in me and the global community. I love myself 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 out to all people.”

Today’s Mindfulness Practice:  

  • 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.
  • Explore a new Cuisine.
    • What do you taste, what do you smell?
    • Smile at your connection to people all over the world through food.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,    

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP   

Friday, June 26

Today is Friday, June 26, 2020. To see a waterfall in your dream is symbolic of letting go.

Connecting with each other around the world, moments of reflection can allow us to recognize and share in the love and kindness around us.  You are part of a community that extends around the world, reading these daily anchoring messages, sharing in a simple routine that can be used to center us in our every day. Together, we get to add our love and kindness into the world around us.

Today’s Inspiration: A Quote from: Shirley Chisholm

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”

Here’s what you can do today, right now, during transitions, after absorbing the news or when going to sleep:  

  • 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 Pranayama style breathing.
    1. Inhale through the left nostril by blocking the right nostril, exhale through right nostril by blocking the left nostril.
    2. Repeat for a total of 6 cycles.
    3. Explore how your body feels after completing the cycles.

Anchor yourself when you repeat:    

“I am [*Name*]. I am AMAZING and I am doing what I can to be helpful. I love myself because I have kindness and love in my heart and soul. I am part of the global community and we are working together towards solutions. We can do this. As I think about those I love and care for, I send loving kindness out to all people.”

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,    

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP   

 

 

 

 

Thursday, June 25

Today is Thursday, June 25, 2020. Pink Hydrangeas symbolize heartfelt emotions.

Connecting with each other around the world, moments of reflection can allow us to recognize and share in the love and kindness around us.  You are part of a community that extends around the world, reading these daily anchoring messages, sharing in a simple routine that can be used to center us in our every day. Together, we get to add our love and kindness into the world around us.

Today’s Inspiration: A Quote from Dr Mae Jemeson

“Never be limited by other peoples limited imaginations”

Here’s what you can do today, right now, during transitions, after absorbing the news or when going to sleep:  

  • 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.
  • Send someone a hand-written note to just to say “hello.”
    1. Enjoy the benefits of making someone else feel GREAT!

Anchor yourself when you repeat:    

“I am [*Name*]. I am AMAZING and I am doing what I can to be helpful. I love myself because I have kindness and love in my heart and soul. I am part of the global community and we are working together towards solutions. We can do this. As I think about those I love and care for, I send loving kindness out to all people.”

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,    

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP   

 

Wednesday, June 24

Today is Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Lavender is actually part of the mint family.

Connecting with each other around the world, moments of reflection can allow us to recognize and share in the love and kindness around us.  You are part of a community that extends around the world, reading these daily anchoring messages, sharing in a simple routine that can be used to center us in our every day. Together, we get to add our love and kindness into the world around us.

Today’s Inspiration: A Quote from Charles Darwin

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

Here’s what you can do today, right now, during transitions, after absorbing the news or when going to sleep:  

  • 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.
  • Take a Creative Visualization Break.
    1. Perhaps visualize walking through a field of Lavender and enjoying the beautiful scent of Lavender.
    2. Visualize completing a goal.
    3. Smile at the beauty you just experienced.

Anchor yourself when you repeat:    

“I am [*Name*]. I am AMAZING and I am doing what I can to be helpful. I love myself because I have kindness and love in my heart and soul. I am part of the global community and we are working together towards solutions. We can do this. As I think about those I love and care for, I send loving kindness out to all people.”

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,    

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP