My husband and I spent the first week of July up in the Upper Peninsula in Curtis, MI visiting wonderful friends who just happen to have a cottage on a lake there - garage sale-ing, camp fires, boat rides and long conversations. From there we traveled to Baldwin and stayed with more great friends, enjoying homemade strawberry ice cream, yum and swimming in the 'just perfect temperature for swimming' waters. Now we're home catching up on our to do list for the rest of July will be a visit from my sister-in-law coming in for a short visit from North Carolina, my husbands sister and brother-in-law coming in the next week from Virginia Beach for a short visit and a family get together. The rest of July will be a week long training with the Mindful Self Compassion group training "Making Friends with Yourself" and then I leave for a week retreat with Mindful Schools at the Garrison Institute in New York. So looking forward to listening and learning from Vinny Ferraro and Pam Dunn and seeing Christina Costello and many of the classmates who continue to work towards bringing mindfulness into schools.
It sounds like a month that is just way too busy but really I am learning how to take it all in and not get all flustered or anxious about it like in the past. I fit in as much meditation time as I can and then I have been trying to notice more 'open awareness' of mindfulness -- how mindful am I in my everyday happenings. Noticing the steps I take to the mailbox, feeling the ground beneath my feet, washing the dishes and feeling the water temperature change from cool to hot, folding the clothes watching each fold, feeling the texture of the clothes . . . living the practice.
In the past I would be worrying about how fast the summer is going, how it is almost over but now I notice that today is sunny, a slight breeze is blowing and I have the whole day before me and that is enough.
Wishing all of you memorable moments, this one and then this one . . .