I do love the seasons! It’s the main reason I have stayed in the northern US; don’t get me wrong, the spice of Miami, FL is wonderful, New Orleans…yum! Austin, TX …YES! In the end it comes down to my loving when I can see the change of the year in the trees.
So what is summer? Summer is the cooking time of year. We plant the seeds in the spring but the summer… we tend to our gardens, our psyches, our souls. It’s a time for fun and joy with all the cook-outs, drive-ins and amusement parks…AND a time of rumination. Thoughts of what is working in our lives(or not); the trees are showing us their splendor, are we able to to do the same?
Now you may say “I’m too busy having fun to think about my feelings!” Now we all know I am all about the having fun, but I am all about having a clue about what we are feeling too. The magic of summer is lazying around, pondering our world; we see the changes in the kids as to what they are playing this year as opposed to last year. Summer offers us that delicious mystery, change happens right before our eyes and hopefully… we can see it, be grateful and cultivate it.
Summer has the ability to give us time in a standstill… We can have moments last forever, as the magic is all around us. The lightning bugs are flickering, the smell of lavender in the evening, a little fog creeping in; here in the earthy-ness we are relaxed enough to see our own magic. In this slow pace we are able to see what is happening with us, with others, with everything. Here we can see what needs to be tended to. Maybe we need to have a good honest look at our love life, finances, relationships with family, goals, diet, fitness level. Definitely look at all those with a kind eye.
Summer is a time of simplicity. Who doesn’t love to sit in the yard and watch the world go by? Talk deep philosophy with your friends? Isn’t Summer when we clean out the garage? I love a good garage purge because sometimes we find amazing treasures like a plastic bag full of sticks, empty boxes, that ceiling fan we have been looking for or something we have been holding onto for a neighbor for twelve years. Isn’t it wonderful when we can release these “treasures” and have space? Looking into a more organised, clean space is amazing!
The same can be applied for our emotional selves.
Maybe it’s time to go deeper, into your roots of self and purge. In this stillness we can look into our souls and whether or not we are fulfilling our purpose, maybe we need to find one or update it. Maybe it’s time to actually focus or tend to our purpose discovering maybe we don’t care for ourselves as much as we need to, maybe we need to release the behaviors that no longer serve us. Maybe a behavior is the same as that old empty box…it’s just sitting there taking up space and not helping anyone.
So purge. All this space you create in yourself is just like your garage, now there is an opening for more love and laughter to come in, new exciting friends & adventures or maybe just a space for you to be still and engage the magic of Summer. Who knows what your story will be?
Isn’t that amazing??
Tend to yourself… or what will you be harvesting in the fall?
Much love to you friend!