Monday, August 24

Today is Monday, August 24, 2020. The season progresses and the nights grow longer. Walking at the usual time in the morning, anticipating the sunlight, the air feels cool.

Inspiration: A Quote from R. M. Drake

“It was the way you laughed…I knew I wanted that in my life.”

Photo by Raphael Biscaldi

We invite you to experience the Joy of Reflective Journaling. You may repeat this prompt until the next one is released.

Reflective Journaling Prompt: Think about those times you laugh or smile. The more of those times you can add to your list, the easier it becomes to see the patterns that elicit your joyful self.

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.
  • Organize your mind.
    1. Imagine a box with a lid. It can be colorful or plain. It can be large or small or any size you want. Put that box on the side.
    2. Take those feelings that don’t serve you right now and place them in the box.
    3. Now, place all the thoughts about things you don’t have control over, and place them in the box also.
    4. Close the box.
    5. You can come back to the box any time to add or examine what you have in there, but you don’t need to carry it with you. You can leave it for a bit. It will be safe there.

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.”

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP   

The Daily Gifts of Vitality are released 3 times per week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Friday, August 21

Today is Friday, August 21, 2020. Noticing the little things; appreciating how each being can add joy and interest to life. Enjoying every little thing.

Inspiration: A Quote from Bob Marley

“Love, friendship, laughter…Some of the best things in life really are free.

Photo by Dan Deziel, “Little shells”

We invite you to experience the Joy of Reflective Journaling. You may repeat this prompt until the next one is released.

Reflective Journaling Prompt for today and the weekend: Reflect back on your week and think about the times you experienced love – you loved, you felt loved, or you witnessed love. Are there ways you can increase this weekend and in the next week?

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.
  • Connect with the Ground:
  1. Focus on your feet.
  2. Imagine drawing a chalk outline around each foot on the floor.
  3. See the image.

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.”

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP   

The Daily Gifts of Vitality are released 3 times per week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

 

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.