Wednesday, June 17

Today is Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Now, this is getting your “ducks” (or geese, in this case) in a row.

Connecting with each other around the world, moments of reflection can allow us to recognize and share in the love and kindness around us.  We share these daily anchoring messages across the globe to offer a simple routine that can be used to center us in order to create a better future for all.

Today’s Inspiration: A Quote from Ronnie Lott

“If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it”

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.
  • Use your phone to cue you to take a breath break.
    1. Every time your phone rings or buzzes pause and take 3 belly breaths.
    2. Yes.

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   

Tuesday, June 16

Today is Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Broccoli is actually considered a flower.

Connecting with each other around the world, moments of reflection can allow us to recognize and share in the love and kindness around us.  We share these daily anchoring messages across the globe to offer a simple routine that can be used to center us in order to create a better future for all.

Today’s Inspiration: A Quote from: Theodore Roethke

“Deep in their roots all flowers keep the light”

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.
  • Choose a color, maybe choose yellow, observe yellow everywhere in your environment.
    1. Every day of this week choose a different color.
    2. Notice it in your surroundings.
    3. Appreciate the brilliance of color all around us.

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   

Monday, June 15

Today is Monday, June 15, 2020. The water sparkles and reflects the sky. The wind creates ripples across the water.

Connecting with each other around the world, moments of reflection can allow us to recognize and share in the love and kindness around us.  We share these daily anchoring messages across the globe to offer a simple routine that can be used to center us in order to create a better future for all.

Today’s Inspiration: A Quote from Leo Tolstoy

“Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.”

All photos by Dan Deziel. (Above, Wood Flowers. Below left, Cloud Swirl. Below right, Calm After a Squall.)

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.
  • Activate your muscles:
    1. Pushing – Do push-ups against a wall, counter top or on the ground. Repeat 5-10 times.
    2. Pulling – Grab imaginary resistance bands in front of you and pull your elbows all the way back to squeeze your shoulder blades behind you. Repeat at 5-10 times.
    3. Gently bend and straighten your knees as much or as little as is comfortable. Repeat 5-10 times.

Anchor yourself when you repeat:    

“I am [*Name*]. 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   

 

 

 

Sunday, June 14

Today is Sunday, June 14, 2020. The squirrels jump from tree to tree exploring the fresh leaves.

Connecting with each other around the world, moments of reflection can allow us to recognize and share in the love and kindness around us.  We share these daily anchoring messages across the globe to offer a simple routine that can be used to center us in order to create a better future for all.

Today’s Inspiration: A Quote from Albert Einstein

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”

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.
  • See the big picture.
    1. Move to a window or place you can see as far away as possible. Focus your eyes far away.
    2. Notice the details in your view. Notice what is moving and what is still.
    3. Look for all the green. Then look for all the blue. Look at each color in turn.

Anchor yourself when you repeat:    

“I am [*Name*]. 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   

 

Saturday, June 13

Today is Saturday, June 13, 2020. The ducks have so much to say to each other as they paddle around together.

Connecting with each other around the world, moments of reflection can allow us to see beauty and recognize and share in the love and kindness around us.  We share these daily anchoring messages across the globe to offer a simple routine that can be used to center us in order to create a better future for all.

Today’s Inspiration: A Quote from Anais Nin

“Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.”

Photos by Dan Deziel, “Dawn at Dusk”

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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.
  • Hum
    1. Hum a very low-pitched sound (or say “om”) repeatedly, at a slow steady state.
    2. Feel the vibration rumble in your chest. Notice where it starts and where it spreads out.
    3. Slow the speed down even further. Smile.

Anchor yourself with this daily statement:    

“I am [*Name*]. 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

 

Friday, June 12

Today is Friday, June 12, 2020. The sun baked the earth, and the rain cooled it off. The rainbow visited.

Reflecting mindfully, connecting and sharing experiences together, we can be a part of the love and kindness surrounding us.  We share these daily anchoring messages across the globe to offer a simple daily routine that can be used to center us in order to create a better future for all.

Today’s Inspiration: A Quote from Erin Morgenstern

“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.”

Photos by Katherine Puckett, PhD

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.
  • Reveal your mind.
    1. Grab a piece of paper and colorful pens, markers, crayons, paints, whatever.
    2. Draw or write whatever needs to be expressed. Be free and use however many colors you want.
    3. Feel the sensation of your hand connecting with your movements and the friction of the paper against the pens, markers, crayons, paints, whatever.

Anchor yourself with this daily statement:    

“I am [*Name*]. 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 all working together to get through this. This is temporary. We are doing 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 11

Today is Thursday, June 11, 2020. Many flowers are in full bloom and share their fragrance with us.

Connecting with each other around the world, moments of reflection can allow us to recognize and share in the love and kindness around us.  We share these daily anchoring messages across the globe to offer a simple routine that can be used to center us in order to create a better future for all.

Today’s Inspiration: A Quote from Brene Brown:

“Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together.”

 Photos today by Jose Velasco, MD

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

  • Roll your shoulders back, 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.
  • Reach out to one of your elders.
    1. Ask them to share a memory of a special moment in their life with you
    2. Reflect on their experience.

Anchor yourself with this daily statement:    

“I am [*Name*]. 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 all working together to get through this. This is temporary. We are doing 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 10

Today is Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Baby bunnies can be seen prancing around in the grass.

Connecting with each other around the world, moments of reflection can allow us to recognize and share in the love and kindness around us.  We share these daily anchoring messages across the globe to offer a simple routine that can be used to center us in order to create a better future for all.

Today’s Inspiration: A Quote from Oscar Wilde

“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”

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

  • Roll your shoulders back, 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.
  • Scroll through old pictures of people who care about you.
    1. Smile at the happy times shared.
    2. Embrace the joy in your life.

Anchor yourself with this daily statement:    

“I am [*Name*]. 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 all working together to get through this. This is temporary. We are doing 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 

Tuesday, June 9

Today is Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Through the loving care and effort of another, young robins learn to fly.

 Connecting with each other around the world, moments of reflection can allow us to recognize and share in the love and kindness around us.  We share these daily anchoring messages across the globe to offer a simple routine that can be used to center us in order to create a better future for all.

Today’s Inspiration: A Quote by Michael Jordan

“You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.”

Photos of Wonder by Katherine Puckett, PhD: Robins from May 8th (Just hatched) to May 20th (Learning to fly) 

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

  • Roll your shoulders back, 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.
  • Roll your shoulders one at a time.
    1. Roll your shoulders backwards dramatically, alternating right and left and notice how far down your body you feel the stretch and movement. Repeat until you feel looser.
    2. Now, roll your shoulders forward, alternating right and left and notice additional areas of your body that now feel the movement. Repeat until you feel looser.
    3. Rotate your head side to side and then tilt your head up and down. Breathe and move on with your day.

Anchor yourself with this daily statement:    

“I am [*Name*]. 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 all working together to get through this. This is temporary. We are doing 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 

Monday, June 8

Today is Monday, June 8, 2020. The trees are awake and dancing with the breeze. The leaves whisper and the baby birds learn to fly.

Connecting with each other around the world, moments of reflection can allow us to recognize and share in the love and kindness around us.  We share these daily anchoring messages across the globe to offer a simple routine that can be used to center us in order to create a better future for all.

Today’s Inspiration: A Quote from Michelle Obama

“Don’t ever make decisions based on fear. Make decisions based on hope and possibility. Make decisions based on what should happen, not what shouldn’t.”

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

  • Roll your shoulders back, 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 mindful countdown 3-2-1.
    1. With deep belly breaths, think of 3 people you are grateful for today.
    2. Think of 2 words you associate with those feelings of gratitude for each person.
    3. Send 1 message of gratitude to someone.

Anchor yourself with this daily statement:    

“I am [*Name*]. 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 all working together to get through this. This is temporary. We are doing 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