Wednesday, February 17

Today is Wednesday, February 17, 2021.  In the United States, this day is known as Random Acts of Kindness day.

An inspirational quote by Bob Kerrey, “Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.”

February Feelings. While this month can – at times – feel cold in places where it is winter, inside, we can be glowing with kindness. Showing kindness and compassion for yourself and others can be an expression of love.

Performing Random acts of kindness has many benefits including decreasing blood pressure and stress.  Try some of these random acts of kindness and see how your body responds.

      • Offer up your seat on public transportation.
      • Carry someone’s groceries for them.
      • Smile at 5 people you do not know today.
      • Thank someone.
      • Hold the door open.
      • Hold the elevator for someone.
      • Send a postcard to someone who lives alone.
      • Make a donation to a charitable cause.
      • Send a letter of appreciation to a teacher, a mentor, a coworker, or a friend.

Photo by Ravi Pinisetti

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.
      • Focus your attention on your right great toe. Tap it up and down.
      • Shift your focus to your right elbow and notice where your elbow is.
      • Glide your focus to the center of your chest and breathe in peace and breathe out what you no longer need.
      • Continue to breathe in peace and breathe out what you no longer need, for as long as you like.
      • Smile when you are ready to move forward.

Recharge yourself and share positive energy when you repeat:    

“I am [*Name*]. I am doing what I can. I am open to myself and others, and I belong to a global community. I appreciate 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 including me. We are all connected. Together, we can do great things.”

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP 

Monday, February 15

Today is Monday, February 15, 2021. On this day in 1564, the Italian Astronomer and mathematician, Galileo was born.

An inspirational quote by Oprah Winfrey, “Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”

February Feelings. While this month can – at times – feel cold in places where it is winter, inside, we can be glowing with kindness. Showing kindness towards yourself and others can be an expression of love.

Discover ways to experience peace and comfort and warm feelings towards anybody you are interacting with or spending time with, including yourself. Setting any thoughts of judgement aside, access that feeling of kindness for yourself and others. Allow that connection with the deeply human feelings and share it.

Photo by Kristopher Roller

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.
      • Focus your attention on your right great toe. Tap it up and down.
      • Shift your focus to your right elbow and notice where your elbow is.
      • Glide your focus to the center of your chest and breathe in peace and breathe out what you no longer need.
      • Continue to breathe in peace and breathe out what you no longer need, for as long as you like.
      • Smile when you are ready to move forward.

Recharge yourself and share positive energy when you repeat:    

“I am [*Name*]. I am doing what I can. I am open to myself and others, and I belong to a global community. I appreciate 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 including me. We are all connected. Together, we can do great things.”

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP 

 

Friday, February 12

Today is Friday, February 12, 2021. Today is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, the 16th president of the United States- remembered for his Empathy and Compassion for others.

An inspirational quote by Abraham Lincoln. “I don’t like that man.  I must get to know him better.”

February Feelings. While this month can – at times – feel cold in places where it is winter, inside, we can be glowing with compassion.

Another component of Compassion is allowing yourself to receive compassion from others.  Allow yourself to let others’ love and compassion lift you and support you during difficult times.  Compassion can help you recharge and continue to move forward.  Reflect on times you have received compassion; how did you feel?

Photo by: Susan Chubinskaya

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.
    • Try a “R.A.I.N.” practice to help clarify emotions:
      • R—Recognize that you are experiencing feelings
      • A—Allow the feelings to be there
      • I—Investigate how these feelings are being manifested in your body
      • N—Non-judgmental—our feelings are not right or wrong, it is simply where we are at right now.

Recharge yourself and share positive energy when you repeat:    

“I am [*Name*]. I am doing what I can. I am open to myself and others, and I belong to a global community. I appreciate 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 including me. We are all connected. Together, we can do great things.”

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP 

Wednesday, February 10

Today is Wednesday, February 10, 2021. The violet is the February birth flower.  It symbolizes loyalty and faithfulness.

An inspirational quote by Zora Neal Hurston: “Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding space.”

February Feelings. While this month can – at times – feel cold in places where it is winter, inside, we can be glowing with compassion.

Reflect on a time when you showed compassion toward others, what feelings did you experience?  Some ways to show compassion include:

    • Praise and encourage others
    • Make eye contact
    • Actively listen when someone is speaking with you
    • Share joy and sadness with others

Photo by Jack Skinner

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.   
    • Try a “R.A.I.N.” practice to help clarify emotions:
      • R—Recognize that you are experiencing emotions
      • A—Allow the feelings to be there
      • I—Investigate how these feelings are being manifested in your body
      • N—Non-judgmental—our feelings are not right or wrong, it is simply where we are at right now.

Recharge yourself and share positive energy when you repeat:    

“I am [*Name*]. I am doing what I can. I am open to myself and others, and I belong to a global community. I appreciate 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 including me. We are all connected. Together, we can do great things.”

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP 

 

Monday, February 8

Today is Monday, February 8, 2021. A deep freeze and bright snow in many parts. Brilliant contrast for photos.

An inspirational quote, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” ~Dalai Lama

February Feelings. While this month can – at times – feel cold in places where it is winter, inside, we can be glowing with compassion.

Find opportunities to demonstrate compassion towards yourself and others. Listen, reflect, observe, and connect with love and kindness. Practice awareness and responding thoughtfully from a place of love and kindness. While it is often easier to show compassion to others, allow yourself the same love and kindness.

Photo by Denys Nevozhai

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.   
    • Try a “R.A.I.N.” practice to help clarify emotions:
      • R—Recognize that you are experiencing emotions
      • A—Allow the feelings to be there
      • I—Investigate how these feelings are being manifested in your body
      • N—Non-judgmental—our feelings are not right or wrong, it is simply where we are at right now.

Recharge yourself and share positive energy when you repeat:    

“I am [*Name*]. I am doing what I can. I am open to myself and others, and I belong to a global community. I appreciate 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 including me. We are all connected. Together, we can do great things.”

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP 

Wednesday, January 13

 Today is Wednesday, January 13, 2021. The beautiful red Garnet is the birthstone for the month of January.  It represents balance.

An inspirational quote by Booker T Washington “If you want to lift yourself up, lift someone else up”

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

Take some time for random acts of kindness that you can carry out all year long, below are a dozen examples:

      1. Say “Good Morning.”
      2. Say “Good Night.”
      3. Say “Thank You.”
      4. Pay someone a compliment.
      5. Shovel someone’s snow.
      6. Clean the snow off someone’s car.
      7. Offer to pick up groceries for someone.
      8. Offer to babysit for a single parent.
      9. Put some coins in an expired parking meter.
      10. Let someone merge in front of you on the expressway.
      11. Hold the door open for someone.
      12. Let someone go ahead of you in the grocery store line.

Photo by Dr. Jose Velasco, “Solitude and Resilience”

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.
    • Picture yourself in a relaxed state. See yourself on your favorite walking path, a favorite vacation spot, sitting on a porch with a friend…
      • Smile to yourself.

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 

Friday, January 8

Today is Friday, January 8, 2021. Focusing on the boost from walking outdoors even in colder weather. Accepting the weather as it comes and adjusting plans accordingly.

An inspirational quote by Rosa Parks. “Each person must live their life as a model for others.”

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

Fridays can be days for reflection and releasing. Pause and review the past week. What did you feel good about? When did you smile? Who added laughter into your life?

Photo by Casey Horner

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.
    • Breathe in Energy & Generate vibrations.
      1. Take a deep breath in, feeling your lungs expand.
      2. When you breath out, smile and hum loudly. Feel the vibrations in your neck.
      3. Repeat 2 times and notice those vibrations rippling outward. Smile to yourself.

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 

Monday, January 4

Today is Monday, January 4, 2021. Gearing up for the first full week of the year. Wrapped in warmth on early morning walk. Peace and quiet inside and out.

An inspirational quote by Albert Einstein. “All I have a is a sense of duty toward all people and an attachment to those with whom I have become intimate.”

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

Consider your stated aspiration(s) for the year. Allow yourself to make choices this week that align with your aspiration(s). Write down your goal(s) for the week to move you in the direction you want to go. Find opportunities to be true to yourself and your aspiration(s).

Photo by Aaron Burden

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.
    • Breathe in Energy & Generate vibrations.
      1. Take a deep breath in, feeling your lungs expand.
      2. When you breath out, smile and hum loudly. Feel the vibrations in your neck.
      3. Repeat 2 times and notice those vibrations rippling outward. Smile to yourself.

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 

Wednesday, December 30

Today is Wednesday, December 30, 2020.  Midweek, remembering all those who reached out and connected in the past year, deeply grateful to be a part of a global community of love.

Delights in December. Use the Daily Gift of Vitality, to allow a moment to pause and connect with what delights you. We share prompts and ideas along the way.

As we approach the last of 2020, take some time to reflect on what delight means to you. In the past year,

    1. What delighted you?
    2. When or where did you experience the most delight in your life?
    3. Who added to or shared in the delight in your life?
    4. What adds or increases delight to life?
    5. How can you generate delightful moments for yourself and others?

An inspirational quote by Mark Victor Hansen. “Dedicate yourself to the good you deserve and desire for yourself. Give yourself peace of mind. You deserve to be happy. You deserve delight.”

Photo by Alonso Reyes

Recharge yourself 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.”

Return to 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.
  • Breathe in Energy & Blossom.
    1. Take a deep breath in, feeling your lungs expand.
    2. When you breath out, smile and say out loud, “Aaaaah.” Feel the vibrations in your body.
    3. Repeat 2 times and notice those vibrations are different when you are smiling.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP 

Friday, October 9

Today is Friday, October 9, 2020. Elephants hug each other and offer hugs to other species including humans, especially in tough times. Showing compassion and love connect living beings.  

For the month of October, we celebrate Fun & Friendly Fridays.

Reach out and connect with a group of people or a person you may not have seen in a while. They may live far away or your paths just may not have crossed in some time. Schedule a time to connect virtually. Some ideas: a cooking meet up, book club discussion or a walk & talk hangout. Whenever possible, it is nice to share video so you can see each other smile.

An inspirational Quote from Rachel Naomi Remen.

“The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention…A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.”

Photo by: Keyur Nandaniya

Recharge yourself when you repeat:    

“I am [*Name*]. I am resilient and learning every day. I am part of 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. We are all connected. We can be resilient together.”

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.   
    • Focus on progressive relaxation by tightening and then loosening your muscles starting from you toes, working your way to the top of your head.
    • Take additional deep breaths and release your muscles further.
    • This can take as much or as little time as you choose.
    • Smile a huge smile to release your jaw and mouth muscles and continue on with your day or night, refreshed.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP