Wednesday, September 1

Today is Wednesday, September 1, 2021.  Feeling grateful for the smiling eyes and warm greetings.

A quote from Maya Angelou, “If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

For many, September highlights the transitions of seasons and focus. It is clear so much has changed and yet, some things are still the same. Most of us are likely experiencing transitions currently.

Embracing transitions with curiosity opens the door to the possibility that we can find strength and joy from transitions. We will explore how we can navigate transitions.

To begin, cultivate Self-awareness. Create a safe space to reflect and note your answer to 3 questions for yourself. You may want to journal, record, even share this activity with a trusted person.

    1. What changes or transitions are you currently experiencing and how does each one affect you physically and emotionally?
    2. Who, what helps and makes it easier?
    3. What positive results can come out of these transitions and how can you find it and amplify it?

Photo by: Suzanne D. Williams

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.

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.
  • With each breath cycle, connect with your kind heart and set your intention to be kind to yourself.
  • Periodically, during your day pause take 3 belly breaths and connect to your intention.
  • Smile inwardly to yourself.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP 

 

Friday, March 12

Today is Friday, March 12, 2021.  Accepting change. The water is flowing again. Observing the ducks.

Finding meaning this March. March marks the one-year mark for the Daily Gift of Vitality (DGoV).  This month, we explore and connect with what is meaningful. Weather changes motivate readjustments and resets. Let’s continue to focus on movement.

    • As the seasons change, consider how you might want to adapt your current physical activities and/or exercises, to maximize the new season.
    • This may be a good time of year to make a plan to try something new or tweak the current routine. What would make it more fun? Or move you forward towards your goals (strength, endurance, speed, intensity, ability, etc.)? What would feel like progress?
    • Write down what you plan.

Photo by: Gabriel Lamza

Recharge yourself and share positive energy when you repeat: 

“I am [*Name*].  I am open to the positive energy around me. I appreciate myself and others as I connect with love and kindness. As I think about those I love and care for, I send loving kindness and compassion to all people including me. We share our humaneness. Together, we can do great things.”

A quote by C.S. Lewis, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream another dream.

Use this Mindfulness Activity to calm 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.
    • Begin walking or tapping your foot.
    • Notice what your toes are feeling.
    • Working up from your toes, notice all of the muscles involved in that movement.
    • Smile.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP 

Wednesday, January 20

Today is Wednesday, January 20, 2021.  Transitions and change are part of life. Taking moments to check-in and connect with love.

An inspirational quote by Maya Angelou. “Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”

The Joy of January. This is a symbolic moment to launch a new year to lay the foundation for a brighter future. 

To move forward may require courage. Practice developing courage.

    1. Look forward and imagine what is possible. Write it down.
    2. Try something new.
    3. Turn off electronics for a time period.
    4. Embrace uncertainty.
    5. Send a note of appreciation to someone you have been thinking about.
    6. Wear a bright color.
    7. Share your writing, artwork, or music with others.
    8. Do the next thing to move you towards your dreams.
    9. Ask for help, support, guidance, mentorship.
    10. Kindly decline when you need to.

Photo by Jessica Ruscello

Use this Mindfulness Activity to calm 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.
    • Wrap your arms around yourself into a warm embrace.
    • Close your eyes and tighten your embrace.
    • Take 3 deep belly breaths and release into your supportive embrace with each exhalation.

Recharge yourself and spread love when you repeat:    

“I am [*Name*]. I am doing what I can. I am aware of myself and others, and I belong to a global community. I love myself and others 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 and compassion to all people. We are all connected. Together, we can do great things.”

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP