Summer Takes Practice

More Summertime Practices

GO BAREFOOT.
Let the child in you come out to play. Taking off your shoes changes your connection with the world. You relax and let your guard down. Chief Luther Standing Bear in T. C. McLuhan's Touch the Earth reminds us: "It was good for the skin to touch Earth and the old people liked to remove their moccasins and walk with bare feet on the sacred Earth. . . . The soil was soothing, strengthening, cleansing, and healing."

WASTE SOME TIME
"It does no good to think moralistically about how much time we waste. Wasted time is usually good soul time," Thomas Moore has observed. Summer is just the right season for idleness and just messing around with things. Quit doing and revel in just being.

LEARN HUMILITY IN THE NATURAL WORLD
"Whales and redwoods both make us feel small and I think that's an important experience for humans to have at the hands of nature," says Roger Payne in Jonathan White's Talking on the Water. He continues: "We need to recognize that we are not the stars of the show. We're just another pretty face, just one species among millions more." Purposefully seek out some places of grandeur in the natural world. Acknowledge your smallness in the vast scheme of things.

SAVOR SUMMER SOUNDS
Summer has sounds of its own, whether the laughter of kids playing at the pool or the serenade of crickets at night. Lie on the ground for 15 minutes without saying anything. Pay attention to what your mind is doing. Then notice what you hear around you. This exercise helps you get better at two spiritual practices — silence and listening.

Summer Blessings,
Vikki

Ideas taken from the article: “Summertime and Living Takes Practice”
http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/practices/features.php?id=10968
By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

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