Saturday, July 11

Today is Saturday, July 11, 2020. It’s refreshing to be sitting outside, hearing the children laughing, the birds chirping and the leaves fluttering in the wind.

Inspiration: A Quote from Michele Ruiz

“If people are doubting how far you can go, go so far that you can’t hear them anymore.”

Optional 31 Days to Experience 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 choose to increase duration or intensity over the next 31 days.

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*.

Week 2: Started. Continue energizing with water throughout the day. You know when and where you will walk. Review your commitment to yourself and what you will measure to track your progress.

Day 4. Today, is the midpoint of week 2. Intensify your baseline walking time by walking a bit faster 3 times during your walk, if you can do so safely. Swing those arms if it feels good to you.

Use your walking journal to record your progress. 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.
  • Practice Physical grounding
    • When you are sitting in your chair take a few seconds to feel your feet on the ground, feel your buttock on the seat, feel your back against the chair.
    • As your feet are grounded, with each deep belly breathe out, allow your shoulders to release and loosen.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP   

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

 

Friday, July 10

Today is Friday, July 10, 2020. In Greek and Roman times, it was believed that rainbows were a path created by the goddess of the rainbow, Iris, linking us to the immortals. **  

Inspiration: A Quote from Aristotle

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

Photo above by Dan Deziel “Direction of the rainbow”

Below photos by Bryan Deziel & Lex “Minneapolis rainbow yesterday evening”

Optional 31 Days to Experience 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 choose to increase duration or intensity over the next 31 days.

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*.

Week 2: Started. Continue energizing with water throughout the day. You know when and where you will walk. Review your commitment to yourself and what you will measure to track your progress.

Day 3. Today, during your baseline walking time, for at least 4 separate times during your walk, take a few longer strides to stretch your legs.

Use your walking journal to record your progress. 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.
  • Practice Physical grounding
    • When you are sitting in your chair take a few seconds to feel your feet on the ground, feel your buttock on the seat, feel your back against the chair.
    • As your feet are grounded, with each deep belly breathe out, allow your shoulders to release and loosen.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,

    

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP   

Rush University   

www.DailyGiftOfVitality.com

 

 

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

**Fact quoted from Melissa Breyer

 

Thursday, July 9

Today is Thursday, July 9, 2020. The season progresses as the earth turns. The evenings begin earlier.

Inspiration: A Quote from John Lennon

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”

Optional 31 Days to Experience 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 choose to increase duration or intensity over the next 31 days.

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*.

Week 2: Started. Continue energizing with water throughout the day. You know when and where you will walk. Review your commitment to yourself and what you will measure to track your progress.

Day 2.  Review your notes from your walk yesterday. Today, walk for the same baseline walking time (or less) as yesterday. Note if there is any difference in your walk today.

Use your walking journal to record your progress. 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.
  • Practice Physical grounding
    • When you are sitting in your chair take a few seconds to feel your feet on the ground, feel your buttock on the seat, feel your back against the chair.
    • As your feet are grounded, with each deep belly breathe out, allow your shoulders to release and loosen.

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 8

Today is Wednesday, July 8, 2020. The moon below was full over the weekend and now it is a waning gibbous moon.

Inspiration: A Quote from Albert Einstein

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

Photo by Dan Deziel, “Moon and sky objects.”

31 Days to Experience 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 choose to increase duration or intensity over the next 31 days.

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*.

Week 2: Start. Continue energizing with water throughout the day. You know when and where you will walk. Review your commitment to yourself and what you will measure to track your progress.

Day 1.  Begin your walking plan. Walk today. Keep track of what you are measuring. Also, keep track of how many minutes you walk for. This is your baseline walking time.

Use your walking journal to record your progress. 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.
  • Practice Physical grounding
    • When you are sitting in your chair take a few seconds to feel your feet on the ground, feel your buttock on the seat, feel your back against the chair.
    • As your feet are grounded, with each deep belly breathe out, allow your shoulders to release and loosen.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP   

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

 

Monday, July 6

Today is Monday, July 6, 2020. The plant roots dig deep to access water in the heat of summer.

Inspiration: A Quote from Michael Jordan

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

Photo by Dan Deziel. “Subtle rising of the moon.”

31 Days to Experience 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 choose to increase duration or intensity over the next 31 days.

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*.

Week 1: Preparation.

Day 6. Choose a way to measure your progress. (watch, step counter, fitness tracker, apps, etc.)

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.
  • Advance the healing power of deep breathing with Box Breathing (Sama Vritti Pranayama). This technique is used by the Navy Seals for focus.
    1. Breathe in through your nose for a count of 4. Try to feel the breath in your nose.
    2. Hold your breath for a count of 4.
    3. Exhale for a count of 4.
    4. Hold for a count of 4.
    5. You can change the duration of breathing, holding and exhaling to your comfort zone.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP   

 

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

 

Sunday, July 5

Today is Sunday, July 5, 2020. The moments when the sun crosses the horizon is shared by all.  

 Inspiration: A Quote from Abraham Lincoln

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”

31 Days to Experience 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 choose to increase duration or intensity over the next 31 days.

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*.

Week 1: Preparation.

Day 5. Write out your commitment to yourself. “I am going to…[Include who, what, when, where, why].

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.
  • Advance the healing power of deep breathing with Box Breathing (Sama Vritti Pranayama). This technique is used by the Navy Seals for focus.
    1. Breathe in through your nose for a count of 4. Try to feel the breath in your nose.
    2. Hold your breath for a count of 4.
    3. Exhale for a count of 4.
    4. Hold for a count of 4.
    5. You can change the duration of breathing, holding and exhaling to your comfort zone.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,    

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP   

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

 

Saturday, July 4

Today is Saturday, July 4, 2020. Looking up to the changing sky, realizing the sky is not the limit.  

 Inspiration: A Quote from Hellen Keller

“The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.”

31 Days to Experience 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 choose to increase duration or intensity over the next 31 days.

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*.

Week 1: Preparation.

Day 4. Plan where you will walk.

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.
  • Advance the healing power of deep breathing with Box Breathing (Sama Vritti Pranayama). This technique is used by the Navy Seals for focus.
    1. Breathe in through your nose for a count of 4. Try to feel the breath in your nose.
    2. Hold your breath for a count of 4.
    3. Exhale for a count of 4.
    4. Hold for a count of 4.
    5. You can change the duration of breathing, holding and exhaling to your comfort zone.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,    

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP   

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

 

Friday, July 3

Today is Friday, July 3, 2020. Watching the ripples on water alters the reflections.

Inspiration: A Quote from Stephen Grellet, (1773-1855), shared by Dr. Jose Velasco

“I expect to pass through the world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness I can show to any creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer it, for I shall not pass this way again.”

31 Days to Experience 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 choose to increase duration or intensity over the next 31 days.

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*.

Week 1: Preparation.

Day 3. Plan when you are going to walk.

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.”

A Mindfulness Practice to Create a Calming Moment:  

  • 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.
  • Advance the healing power of deep breathing with Box Breathing (Sama Vritti Pranayama). This technique is used by the Navy Seals for focus.
    1. Breathe in through your nose for a count of 4. Try to feel the breath in your nose.
    2. Hold your breath for a count of 4.
    3. Exhale for a count of 4.
    4. Hold for a count of 4.
    5. You can change the duration of breathing, holding and exhaling to your comfort zone.

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 02

Today is Thursday, July 02, 2020.  The clouds are changing, and they add interest to the sky.

 Inspiration: A Quote from George Matthew Adams

“I say to myself that I shall try to make my life like an open fireplace, so that people may be warmed and cheered by it and so go out themselves to warm and cheer.”

31 Days to Experience 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 choose to increase duration or intensity over the next 31 days.

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*.

Week 1: Preparation.

Day 2. Find a walking partner or make a commitment to submit a picture of your walk every day to the Daily Gift of Vitality blog.

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.”

A Mindfulness Practice to Create a Calming Moment:  

  • 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.
  • Advance the healing power of deep breathing with Box Breathing (Sama Vritti Pranayama). This technique is used by the Navy Seals for focus.
    1. Breathe in through your nose for a count of 4. Try to feel the breath in your nose.
    2. Hold your breath for a count of 4.
    3. Exhale for a count of 4.
    4. Hold for a count of 4.
  1. You can change the duration of breathing, holding and exhaling to your comfort zone.

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 01

Today is Wednesday, July 01, 2020. The new month begins. Since 1903, the famous bike race, the Tour de France, begins on July 1.

New! 31 Days to Experience 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 choose to increase duration or intensity over the next 31 days.

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*.

Week 1: Preparation.

Day 1. Make sure you are energizing your body with water throughout the day.

Inspiration: A Quote from William James.

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”

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.”

This Week’s Mindfulness Practice to Create a Calming Moment:  

  • 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.
  • Advance the healing power of deep breathing with Box Breathing (Sama Vritti Pranayama). This technique is used by the Navy Seals for focus.
    • Breathe in through your nose for a count of 4. Try to feel the breath in your nose.
    • Hold your breath for a count of 4.
    • Exhale for a count of 4.
    • Hold for a count of 4.
    • You can change the duration of breathing, holding and exhaling to your comfort zone.

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP   

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