Friday, August 7

Today is Friday, August 7, 2020. Bunnies and squirrels, fish and turtles, birds and bees, share their lovely surroundings. 

After today, the Daily Gifts of Vitality will only be released 3 times per week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, to allow additional days to consider the prompts before advancing.

Inspiration: A Quote from Alan Maiccon

“The good you find in others is the reflection of the good that you have yourself.”

Photo by Slawek K

We invite you to experience the Joy of Reflective Journaling. This week includes deliberate practices to nurture our connections to the world around us. Consider writing down your reflections.

Reflective Journaling Prompt for today and the weekend: Think about who you were grateful for today, this week or in the past month.  Write a gratitude letter to at least 1 person on your list. Studies show that sending a gratitude letter increases happiness in both the sender and receiver. So you get to boost 2 people when you send that note.

Recharge yourself when you repeat:    

“I am [*Name*]. I am resilient and learning every day. I am a 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.”

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.
  • Choose a centering word that is neutral to you and simple. You might choose “now” or “one” or “peace.”
    1. As you exhale, say your chosen word. Focus on the vibration of the word as you hear it. Repeat.
    2. As you exhale and say your word, imagine dropping a smooth pebble in clear water and watch it gently settle gently on the bottom, relaxed and comfortable.
    3. Finally, as you continue your deep belly breaths, notice the ripples on the water are gently gliding out. Repeat your word on every exhale until the ripples have settled.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP   

 

 

Thursday, August 6

Today is Thursday, August 6, 2020. Water can be so refreshing in the summer.

After Friday, August 7th, the Daily Gifts of Vitality will only be released 3 times per week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, to allow additional days to consider the prompts before advancing.  

Inspiration: A Quote from Lailah Gifty Akita

“Rest is necessary for reflection.”

Photo by Max Lederer

We invite you to experience the Joy of Reflective Journaling. This week includes deliberate practices to nurture our connections to the world around us. Consider writing down your reflections.

Reflective Journaling Prompt: What about your body, are you grateful for? Think about all the ways your body has supported you and write it down. Consider how you care for your body in return.

Recharge yourself when you repeat:    

“I am [*Name*]. I am resilient and learning every day. I am a 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.”

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.
  • Choose a centering word that is neutral to you and simple. You might choose “now” or “one” or “peace.”
  1. As you exhale, say your chosen word. Focus on the vibration of the word as you hear it. Repeat.
  2. As you exhale and say your word, imagine dropping a smooth pebble in clear water and watch it gently settle gently on the bottom, relaxed and comfortable.
  3. Finally, as you continue your deep belly breaths, notice the ripples on the water are gently gliding out. Repeat your word on every exhale until the ripples have settled.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,  

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP   

 

Wednesday, August 5

Today is Wednesday, August 5, 2020. Dreaming of beautiful places and also acknowledging opportunities to appreciate the present.

After Friday, August 7th, the Daily Gifts of Vitality will only be released 3 times per week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, to allow additional days to consider the prompts before advancing.  

Inspiration: A Quote from Thich Nhat Hanh

“Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes.”

Photo by Vasile Tiplea

We invite you to experience the Joy of Reflective Journaling. This week includes deliberate practices to nurture our connections to the world around us. Consider writing down your reflections.

Reflective Journaling Prompt: Make a list of the little actions of others, that you are grateful for. Think of people you know well and people who you may not know well or that are even at a distance. Add a note next to each person on your list about why you are grateful to that person.

Recharge yourself when you repeat:    

“I am [*Name*]. I am resilient and learning every day. I am a 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.”

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.
  • Choose a centering word that is neutral to you and simple. You might choose “now” or “one” or “peace.”
    1. As you exhale, say your chosen word. Focus on the vibration of the word as you hear it. Repeat.
    2. As you exhale and say your word, imagine dropping a smooth pebble in clear water and watch it gently settle gently on the bottom, relaxed and comfortable.
    3. Finally, as you continue your deep belly breaths, notice the ripples on the water are gently gliding out. Repeat your word on every exhale until the ripples have settled.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,    

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP   

 

Tuesday, August 4

Today is Tuesday, August 4, 2020. A new puppy, new ducklings, and new neighbors gather around the pond.

After Friday, August 7th, the Daily Gifts of Vitality will only be released 3 times per week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, to allow additional days to consider the prompts before advancing.  

Inspiration: A Quote from Adrienne Posey

“Reflect on your day with an extremely positive outlook.”

Photo by Frederik Falinski

We invite you to experience the Joy of Reflective Journaling. This week includes deliberate practices to nurture our connections to the world around us. Consider writing down your reflections.

Reflective Journaling Prompt: Reflect on a time when someone made you feel appreciated. What was it that made you feel appreciated? Reflect on the many ways to show appreciation for others.

Recharge yourself when you repeat:    

“I am [*Name*]. I am resilient and learning every day. I am a 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.”

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.
  • Choose a centering word that is neutral to you and simple. You might choose “now” or “one” or “peace.”
    1. As you exhale, say your chosen word. Focus on the vibration of the word as you hear it. Repeat.
    2. As you exhale and say your word, imagine dropping a smooth pebble in clear water and watch it gently settle gently on the bottom, relaxed and comfortable.
    3. Finally, as you continue your deep belly breaths, notice the ripples on the water are gently gliding out. Repeat your word on every exhale until the ripples have settled.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP   

 

 

 

 

Monday, August 3

Today is Monday, August 3, 2020. The sky is constantly changing and beautiful. The reflection on the water is peaceful.

After Friday, August 7th, the Daily Gifts of Vitality will only be released 3 times per week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, to allow additional days to consider the prompts before advancing.

Inspiration: A Quote from Mollie Marti  

“Our power lies in our small daily choices, one after another, to create eternal ripples of a life well lived.”

Photos by Dan Deziel

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We invite you to experience the Joy of Reflective Journaling. This week includes deliberate practices to nurture our connections to the world around us. Consider writing down your reflections.

Reflective Journaling Prompt: Make a list of some of the most memorable times that you have helped others. It might be at home, school, work, with friends, in the community, through charity or mission work, it might be a stranger on the street, or across the globe. Reflect on that experience.  

Recharge yourself when you repeat:    

“I am [*Name*]. I am resilient and learning every day. I am a 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.”

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. 
  • Choose a centering word that is neutral to you and simple. You might choose “now” or “one” or “peace.”
    1. As you exhale, say your chosen word. Focus on the vibration of the word as you hear it. Repeat.
    2. As you exhale and say your word, imagine dropping a smooth pebble in clear water and watch it gently settle gently on the bottom, relaxed and comfortable.
    3. Finally, as you continue your deep belly breaths, notice the ripples on the water are gently gliding out. Repeat your word on every exhale until the ripples have settled.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,   

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP   

 

 

 

 

Sunday, August 2

Today is Sunday, August 2, 2020. Early morning walks with the cool breeze and brightening sky, sets the day on the right path. 

After Friday, August 7th, the Daily Gifts of Vitality will only be released 3 times per week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, to allow additional days to consider the prompts before advancing.  

Inspiration: A Quote from Eric Micha’el Leventhal

“Each person you meet is an aspect of yourself, clamoring for love.”

We invite you to experience the Joy of Reflective Journaling. This week includes deliberate practices to nurture our connections to the world around us. Consider writing down your reflections.

Reflective Journaling Prompt: Think of someone who has inspired you. Write it down and list all the ways that person inspired you.

Recharge yourself when you repeat:    

“I am [*Name*]. I am resilient and learning every day. I am a 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.”

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.
  • Choose a centering word that is neutral to you and simple. You might choose “now” or “one” or “peace.”
    1. As you exhale, say your chosen word. Focus on the vibration of the word as you hear it. Repeat.
    2. As you exhale and say your word, imagine dropping a smooth pebble in clear water and watch it gently settle gently on the bottom, relaxed and comfortable.
    3. Finally, as you continue your deep belly breaths, notice the ripples on the water are gently gliding out. Repeat your word on every exhale until the ripples have settled.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,    

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP   

 

 

 

Saturday, August 1

Today is Saturday, August 1, 2020. The daily walk is recharging. Now, for the month of August, we will offer prompts to experience the joy of reflective journaling. Consider writing down your reflections.

After Friday, August 7th, the Daily Gifts of Vitality will only be released 3 times per week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, to allow additional days to consider the prompts before advancing.

Inspiration: A Quote from Michael Bassey Johnson

“People will walk in an walk out of your life, but the one whose footstep made a long lasting impression is the one you should never allow to walk out.”

We invite you to experience the Joy of Reflective Journaling. This week includes deliberate practices to nurture our connections to the world around us.

Reflective Journaling Prompt: Make a list of people you are grateful for and why. Take a moment to think about each of those people. Gratitude may be for something big or small. It helps to be as specific as you can.

Recharge yourself when you repeat:    

“I am [*Name*]. I am resilient and learning every day. I am a 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.”

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.
  • Choose a centering word that is neutral to you and simple. You might choose “now” or “one” or “peace.”
    1. As you exhale, say your chosen word. Focus on the vibration of the word as you hear it. Repeat.
    2. As you exhale and say your word, imagine dropping a smooth pebble in clear water and watch it gently settle gently on the bottom, relaxed and comfortable.
    3. Finally, as you continue your deep belly breaths, notice the ripples on the water are gently gliding out. Repeat your word on every exhale until the ripples have settled.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP   

 

Friday, July 31

Today is Friday, July 31, 2020. A beautiful day, watching the colors changing in the sky.  

Inspiration: A Quote from Henry David Thoreau

“What you get by achieving your goal is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

Optional 31 Days to Experiencing the Joy of Movement – Established.

Goal: Walking for a minimum of 15 minutes (or more) daily which may extend life expectancy by 3 years. The objective was not to do the most difficult activity, but to move consistently and modify these activities as needed for your safety and your abilities*.

Achieved 31 Days to Experience the Joy of Movement. Month-end Reflection.

Congratulations to those who participated. At the end of your walk today, pause and smile to yourself to acknowledge your self-care. Look back at your journal and summarize your progress and what you have been measuring (time, distance, step counter, fitness tracker, etc.). Review your commitment to yourself for the next month.

Please feel free to share your experiences with us. Submit a picture from your walk to the Daily Gift of Vitality blog and/or connect with your walking partner. We’d love to hear from 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.”

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.
  • Visualize your healing breath.
    1. As you breathe in and feel your lungs inflate, visualize that flow of oxygen reach all parts of your body & revitalize all of your cells.
    2. As you breathe out, feel your body settle.
    3. With each breath, feel how you are recharging your body.
    4. Remember, you were designed to heal.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings, 

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP   

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

 

 

Thursday, July 30

Today is Thursday, July 30, 2020.  Every time you take one step you use about 200 different muscles—Now that’s the Joy of Movement!

Inspiration: A Quote from Jack Kerouac

“There was nowhere to go but everywhere”

Optional 31 Days to Experiencing 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 consider increasing the duration or intensity as you progress.

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*.

After your walk today, look back on your walking journal and reflect. What’s changed? What’s the same? What will be your commitment to yourself for the next month? Write it down. “I am going to… [Include who, what, when, where, why].

Continue to record your progress in your journal. Submit a picture from your walk to the Daily Gift of Vitality blog and/or connect with your walking partner.

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.
  • Visualize your healing breath.
    1. As you breathe in and feel your lungs inflate, visualize that flow of oxygen reach all parts of your body & revitalize all of your cells.
    2. As you breathe out, feel your body settle.
    3. With each breath, feel how you are recharging your body.
    4. Remember, you were designed to heal.

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 29

Today is Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Listening to a beloved classical piano sonata, sharing an experience that was created over 200 years ago. What a wonderful legacy- to have created beautiful music that still captures and elicits emotion among various people around the world centuries later. 

Inspiration: A Quote from Patricia S. Churchland

“Being engaged in some way for the good of the community, whatever that community, is a factor in a meaningful life. We long to belong, and belonging and caring anchors our sense of place in the universe.”

Photo by Dan Deziel, “Tulip Poplar”

Optional 31 Days to Experiencing the Joy of Movement. Day #29.

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 consider increasing the duration or intensity as you progress.

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*.

The mid-week walk: Relax your shoulders while walking. Roll your shoulders back as you walk. Let your hands be loose. What is your jaw doing? Relax your jaw while you are walking.

Continue to record your progress in your journal. Submit a picture from your walk to the Daily Gift of Vitality blog and/or connect with your walking partner.

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.
  • Visualize your healing breath.
    1. As you breathe in and feel your lungs inflate, visualize that flow of oxygen reach all parts of your body & revitalize all of your cells.
    2. As you breathe out, feel your body settle.
    3. With each breath, feel how you are recharging your body.
    4. Remember, you were designed to heal.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,  

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP   

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