Friday, May 27

Today is Friday, May 27, 2022. Seeing the new growth on the trees and bushes, listening to the ducklings finally large enough to stand taller than the grass, observing the maple tree “helicopters” flutter to the ground.

A quote by Lucy Larcom, “He who plants a tree, plants a hope.”

Photo by César Ardila

Continuing a Magical May!  This month, we explore things that can make us HAPPY.  Being happy can enhance your life, boost the immune system, and help build connections with others. Use your imagination to picture what a happy day could look and feel like. Consider, what can you add to your life from that image? What can you be doing now, to increase those “happiness factors” in your life?

Use 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.
    • Breathe in fresh air, allow the energy to flow throughout the body.
    • Exhale the unnecessary, feel the body reset.
    • Repeat several more times and smile to yourself.

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 

Wednesday, June 30

Today is Wednesday, June 30, 2021.  Walking with friends or loved ones creates an opportunity for beautiful memories.

Try something new in June.  Explore new art forms.  Artistic expression may relieve stress and foster imagination and a sense of accomplishment. 

    • Doodle.
    • Try a coloring book.
    • Learn a musical instrument: harmonica, recorder, guitar, drums, tambourine.
    • Take a dance class or have a dance party.
    • Recite or write poetry.
    • Take pictures of nature with your phone.

Photo by: Alexandra Hillary

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. Together, we can do great things.”

A quote by Pablo Picasso “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

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.
    • Take a break during your day to caress your hands.
      • Close your eyes or lower your gaze.
      • With your right index finger gently trace your fingers on the left hand, repeat for the right hand with left index finger.
      • Focus on the gentle sensation of touch.
      • Take 3 belly breaths and smile for the calming break.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP 

Monday, October 19

Today is Monday, October 19, 2020. Walking by the pond, watching the ducks and geese communing, some seem more relaxed and happier than others.

For the month of October, we continue to share Mindful Monday with you.

Today, we recognize the value of teaching young children to meditate to help them with their thoughts and feelings so that they can better focus and learn, as well as relax, rest and play. Children can learn to meditate remarkably quickly using their imagination.

Tejal V. Patel teaches children to meditate with a suggestion to sit cross-legged and imagine putting on a jacket and zipping it up all the way up (straightens the spine). Imagine putting on sunglasses by making circles with thumb and forefinger on each hand and placing them over the eyes and looking far out. Then, take the “sunglasses” off and rest a “lens” on each knee. Follow with deep belly breaths, saying “aah” with every breath out.

Children can learn deep breathing by imagining they are slowly blowing up a balloon or gently blowing on candles to make the flame flicker slightly. They can learn to relax their muscles when they are laying down and seeing how long they can make their body, reaching arms up and toes really long, stretching longer and then releasing. Children can create characters to represent feelings. They can name them and visualize those characters and watch them on a boat or train to get perspective and see them float, glide or speed by.

An inspirational Quote from Prasad Mahes, “The mind is like water. When it is turbulent, it’s difficult to see. When it’s calm, everything becomes clear.”

Photo by: Yannis Papanastasopoulos

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.
  • Allow yourself to breathe slowly and calmly, pausing after each breath in, and then pausing again after each breath out.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP