Happy Summer Solstice everyone! I have a secret that needs to come out; despite being a total nature lover, I find summer is the most difficult season to love. There, I said it. Every June I come up with dozens of ideas for outdoor projects, ignoring Mother Nature’s gentle reminder which I vaguely recognize from last June, “You might want to do your outdoor activities during the coolest parts of the day & rest when the sun is at its highest.” When I continue to work in the yard, despite her warning, she gets parental by shrugging & saying, “Ok, I tried to warn you. Now you have to learn the hard way.” The reward for my stubbornness is exhaustion, icky sweat, & sunburn. As I rub aloe across my red shoulders & down my red nose, I humbly remember I need to work on Nature’s terms if I want to enjoy the summer.
It’s all about balance & learning from nature. Birds, deer, & other wildlife are most active in the cooler parts of the day. Intuitively, I know that & always have. I now do my chores early in the morning. Once the temperature rises, I read, meditate, sketch, or perform self-Reiki in the shade of my young maple tree. Occasionally, I nap because that’s what summer is for!! Just ask Paco, he knows 🙂