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THIS is summer

A note from Erin:

It’s summer, yay!!!

Are you feelin’ it? Lemonade, leisurely afternoons, hammock time, camping trips, long warm evenings, outdoor grillin’, going swimming and all the rest? What are your favorite summer activities?

Today I’m enjoying one of my summertime pleasures – a juice fast. Feels so good to press the refresh button in that way. I’ve also been enjoying getting up reeeeeally early when it’s still dark and cool and it feels like it’s just me and the birds awake in the world. Sigh. I love this season.

I learned a short and sweet practice from my friend Jovanna Soligo several years ago and it’s woven its way into the fabric of our family life so beautifully over the years. I’d love to share it with you. It’s a simple way to mindfully savor summer. I’m all for mindful savoring!

You can watch Jovanna sharing the practice in this 3-minute video. I love it so much!

I’ve got a lovely short poem for you today and a schedule update which I’m super excited about.

 THIS is summer

It might just be the best season of our lives. May our minds be unclouded by unnecessary things, and may we enjoy it deeply, in spite of all that might make us do otherwise.
This is summer!!
with love,

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 THIS is summer

p.s. If you’ve been heartbroken over the Charleston shootings, as I have, you might appreciate this talk of Tara Brach‘s. It’s offered for free or by donation. A description from her site: “Martin Luther King’s term, “Beloved Community,” points to our potential for living together with love, justice and respect. This talk explores the often hidden expressions of racism that fuel separation and violence, and pathways toward healing and freeing our collective hearts. Note: At the same time as the tragic killings in Charleston, SC, Tara’s Wednesday night class was reflecting on racism and the aspiration for Beloved Community. “May we awaken our hearts from the prison of separation; may we seek to end the daily violence, injustice and oppression faced by African Americans.”

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