As we flip the page to August, perhaps a feeling of regret, longing, or desire to hold onto the vibrancy of summer days lingers in the background. The brilliant sun, the warm breezes, the hum on the streets, the free spirited play at the beaches, the abundance of produce, and the sun kissed faces. Summer in Maine is good. And, like all good things, they too must come to an end. As yogis, we embrace the idea of change and impermanence is part of this wild ride of life and living. From that knowing comes a deeper appreciation of the sacred nature of the now. Realizing the fleeting moments and drinking them into our beings to feel, experience, and appreciate it for what it is. Each moment just that, a moment in time.
But, so many of us have such full summer schedules that actually taking the moment to pause, look around, and breathe deep to absorb the fullness of summer’s offering is missed. A more common story line for the summer months is “I feel busy,” “my schedule is booked solid,” or “I am hot and bothered.” The sweetness of summer gets wrapped into busy schedules and feelings of stress and overwhelm overpopulate our nervous systems. We get tired and instead of listening to the urge to pause and sit seaside to breathe the ocean air, we reach for the iced tea/coffee and keep chugging along ignoring our body’s cues. When on overdrive we start to live more from our minds and less from our creative and loving selves.