Hello, Sun in my face.
Hello, you who make the morning and spread it over the fields
And into the faces of the tulips
And the nodding morning glories,
And into the windows of, even, the
Miserable and the crotchety--
Best preacher that ever was, dear star, that just happens
To be where you are in the universe
To keep us from ever-darkness,
To ease us with warm touching,
To hold us in the great hands of light--
Good morning, good morning, good morning.
Watch, now, how I start the day
In happiness, in kindness.
—"Why I Wake Early" by Mary Oliver
Summer is my favorite season. Each season has its unique sweetness, but summers are for me... just the thought makes my heart skip a beat. I remember the day school would get out and it was as if endless time stretched before me. The outside beckoned, art projects, reading as we laid under the big oak trees; sunlight dancing through the leaves, berries, long summer nights, music festivals and best of all—the river.
I would spend countless hours in the river with my sisters and friends. The water was cold and fresh. Full of tadpoles, crocodads, frogs, and fish. We would heat ourselves up by laying on the sun-warmed rocks and then jump in the cold water. Over and over again for hours. Just us, the sun, and the river.
These days I don’t have an endless summer, so I make sure I make the most of the time I do have. I plan visits to the river, make a summer reading list, and keep my eye out for music in the park events.
There are countless studies that link health and well-being with time spent in nature. Especially if we can unplug from our devices (even for a day) and let the rhythm of the natural world lead us.
Lower stress levels
Lowers depression and anxiety
Improved productivity when we return to our daily schedules
So get yourself to the water! We are 78% water and being near water allows us to rest into the pure knowledge that we are fluid.
Stand with your bare feet on the earth—heck, walk around barefoot all day if you can—the earth is electromagnetic and so are we.
And of course, my favorite...hug a tree for at least 20 seconds—trees are living beings just like us and this exchange will definitely uplift you.
Get the most of your time in nature by: leaving cell phones and devices—try going alone, or if you are with people suggest being quiet for bouts at a time to take in the wonder around you….
What are your summer go to's? Please let me know of your experiences this summer—what do you love to do outside? How does this benefit your life? If you try the above...what was an “aha” moment you had?
This Fall, I am offering a beautiful, nature-filled, spirit and body-filled retreat with Master Pilates and creator of Primal Movement Works Instructor Louise Johns in MENDOCINO. We would be honored to have you join us!
If you're looking for a warm, happy place to land this winter there are a few spots left for Journey to the Heart in Chacala, Mexico with Master teacher Joerg Chabowski.
And those of you looking for a big adventure next summer we are going to SICILY!!! 3 spots remain—grab a buddy and let's eat, drink wine, and swim in the Mediterranean in between our movement classes...
In Love and Movement,