Wednesday, June 24

Today is Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Lavender is actually part of the mint family.

Connecting with each other around the world, moments of reflection can allow us to recognize and share in the love and kindness around us.  You are part of a community that extends around the world, reading these daily anchoring messages, sharing in a simple routine that can be used to center us in our every day. Together, we get to add our love and kindness into the world around us.

Today’s Inspiration: A Quote from Charles Darwin

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

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.
  • Take a Creative Visualization Break.
    1. Perhaps visualize walking through a field of Lavender and enjoying the beautiful scent of Lavender.
    2. Visualize completing a goal.
    3. Smile at the beauty you just experienced.

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 23

Today is Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Light from the sun takes eight minutes to reach the earth.

Connecting with each other around the world, moments of reflection can allow us to recognize and share in the love and kindness around us.  You are part of a community that extends around the world, reading these daily anchoring messages, sharing in a simple routine that can be used to center us in our every day. Together, we get to add our love and kindness into the world around us.

Today’s Inspiration: A Quote from: Whitney M. Young Jr

“Stretch your mind and fly.”

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.
  • Take a break to head outside and find the sun.
    1. Take 3 belly breaths, feel the warmth of the sun on your skin.
    2. Smile at the energy the sun brings.

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 22

Today is Monday, June 22, 2020. Seahorses mate for life. They travel together holding each other’s tails.

Connecting with each other around the world, moments of reflection can allow us to recognize and share in the love and kindness around us.  You are part of a community that extends around the world, reading these daily anchoring messages, sharing in a simple routine that can be used to center us in our every day. Together, we get to add our love and kindness into the world around us.

Today’s Inspiration: A Quote from Patricia Cornwell

“Do no harm and leave the world a better place than you found 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.
  • Take a Belly Breathe Break.
    1. Close your eyes and take 5 deep belly breathes.
    2. With each breath, slow it down and pause between breaths.
    3. Notice where your body relaxes. Open your eyes and smile.

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   

 

Sunday, June 21

Today is Sunday, June 21, 2020. In honor of Fathers everywhere, Happy Father’s Day. The Annular Solar Eclipse, which will look like a glowing ring in the sky, occurs today. It will be visible from parts of Asia and Africa. It rarely coincides with the June solstice which is also today.

Connecting with each other around the world, moments of reflection can allow us to recognize and share in the love and kindness around us.  You are part of a community that extends around the world, reading these daily anchoring messages, sharing in a simple routine that can be used to center us in our every day. Together, we get to add our love and kindness into the world around us.

Today’s Inspiration: A Quote from Marcus Aurelius, Meditation

“When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love …”

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.
  • Tighten and Release.
    1. Tighten your arm muscles and breathe deeply 1 belly breath. Then release completely and breathe deeply.
    2. Tighten your leg muscles from your hips to your toes and hold for a full breath cycle. Then release completely and take 2 deep belly breaths.
    3. Shake out your arms and legs. Smile, and embrace this day.

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   

 

 

 

Saturday, June 20

Today is Saturday, June 20, 2020. Many oak trees are a result of acorns that were stored and forgotten by a squirrel.

Connecting with each other around the world, moments of reflection can allow us to recognize and share in the love and kindness around us.  You are part of a community that extends around the world, reading these daily anchoring messages, sharing in a simple routine that can be used to center us in our every day. Together, we get to add our love and kindness into the world around us.

Today’s Inspiration: A Quote from Mae West

 “I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth 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.
  • Experience the 321 Activity.
    • Notice:
    • 3 things you can hear.
    • 2 things you can smell.
    • 1 thing you can feel.

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  

 

Friday, June 19

Today is Friday, June 19, 2020. Being outside, sounds of children playing together and freely laughing elicits joy.

Connecting with each other around the world, moments of reflection can allow us to recognize and share in the love and kindness around us.  You are part of a community that extends around the world, reading these daily anchoring messages, sharing in a simple routine that can be used to center us in our every day. Together, we get to add our love and kindness into the world around us.

Today’s Inspiration: A Quote from Kenny Ausubel

“Each of us has a spark of life inside us, and our highest endeavor ought to be to set off that spark in one another.”

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.
  • Close your eyes and feel.
    1. With eyes closed, notice what your body is feeling.
    2. Taking deep belly breaths, scan your body and notice the sensations in different areas.
    3. Imagine a warm glow calming the areas that need to be calmed.
    4. Stay there for a moment and just allow the calmness. Smile.

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   

 

Thursday, June 18

Today is Thursday, June 18, 2020. In the northern hemisphere, June is the month with the longest daylight hours.

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 Pele

“The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.”

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.
  • Try to STOP.
    1. S-stand up and breathe—feel your connection to the earth.
    2. T-tune into your body, notice any physical sensations you are experiencing.
    3. O-Observe something in the environment that is pleasant.
    4. P- What is Possible, what are the next steps moving forward.

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   

 

 

 

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