Summer is a very energetic time of the year. The days are long, colors vibrant, and nature is bursting with life.

Summer is also a fantastic time of the year to slow down and soak it all in. It is so easy for our life to be consumed with rushing around and endless to-do lists. When we spend our time replaying the past and worrying about the future, we miss out on the beautiful life that is happening right now.

The other day on my walk to the train station, I was reminded of the pleasures of being more present…more aware of the life I am living in this very moment and absorbing it with all my senses…when I looked down and saw this little gem:

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If I had been on my phone or stuck in my head thinking about “stuff” or whatever, instead of consciously taking the time to be mindful…to see and experience the world around me, I would have walked right by and missed out completely. This delicate yet complex little flower was boldly growing amongst the blades of grass for me to notice and enjoy. It was such a beautiful reward for slowing down, looking around, and viewing the world with the wonder of a child.

I ENCOURAGE YOU TO USE THE ENERGY AND BEAUTY OF THIS SEASON TO CULTIVATE AWARENESS AND MINDFULNESS.

LEARN TO LIVE IN THE NOW.

OPEN YOUR EYES TO THE BEAUTY ALL AROUND YOU.

GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD AND INTO YOUR BODY.

USE YOUR SENSES.

Instead of replaying that challenging situation in your mind, feel the warmth of the sun on your skin, the cool grass at your feet, and the breezes brush across your body. Instead of starting your day running through your mind with all that you have to somehow magically accomplish, take a few moments to hear the birds’ cheerful morning song. And instead of worrying about what may or may not happen tomorrow, enjoy the twinkling good-night show of fireflies.

MY WISH FOR YOU IS THAT YOU BEGIN TO MAKE TIME TO SEE THE GIFTS AND MIRACLES ALL AROUND YOU. THEY ARE ALWAYS THERE, I PROMISE!

 

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