Summertime is a season where we LINK to light…literally.
Sunshine, Vitamin D, and fresh air bring motivation, health, and positive energy to our lives.
Our optimum health can be found during periods where we can be most active and joyous outside of a grueling schedule. It helps us to eliminate stress mentally, emotionally as well as physically, where we can be more active when we are supported by an environment, which inspires us to get outside and simply BE.
One of our greatest challenges during colder months is the isolation, sedentary mode of hibernation and moods affected by our environment. However, we know that this part of being is also necessary to refuel, refortify, recharge, and increase awareness of what we need. Fall and winter months are essential for exercising our brain and heart muscles, where reading, holiday gatherings, and mindful conversation facilitate deep connection.
Summertime still holds some of the heart and mind exercising benefits of the colder months with outdoor gathering, summer reads, and celebrations, but it also holds something unique for every human… the revisiting of childhood freedom and play.
It is here in this freedom, we find our light… without restriction, if we choose to embrace it and celebrate it.
When we were children, playing in the summer meant longer extended periods of daylight to play, perhaps later curfews, and the ability to find joy in simple things.
Happiness could be found simply from hearing the repetitive tune of the ice cream truck a few blocks over or playing in the sprinklers, getting soaked on a hot day. Washing the family car was not a chore, but rather a ticket to soapy fights with siblings, friends, and neighbor kids and great wonder was found in discovering crawling insects that would come out at night.
As an adult, you may ask yourself where this joy went… and why has the simplicity of these things have somehow become an annoying tune of an ice cream truck and why insects have become pests and washing the car, just something to cross off your list of responsibilities to do.
Notice how you have become your own life’s BUZZKILL?
The truth is your perspective has shifted from the time of your childhood to becoming an adult who looks at life through the eyes of obligation, duty, and responsibility and somewhere your ability to grasp simple joys has well….simply died.
BUT… it does not have to. This is a choice you have to lighten up to open yourself up to the simple pleasures of life. It is an opportunity for you to find what happiness the little things can bring to your life.
Summertime is the perfect time to do this, so you can take this perspective shift with you all year long to find joy in simple things to make life fun, more playful and enjoyable. Adults think that summer may only mean vacations and backyard barbecues, but it does not have to be limited to these activities. You are allowed to think outside the box of what you feel is adult-behavior acceptable, whether or not you use your children as an excuse to explore lost pieces of yourself.
Think back to your childhood summers and the things, which brought laughter and play. Maybe you played games or sports outside with neighbors and friends, counted stars in the night sky or rode your bike to find something new and pretended to be on some exploratory adventure. Perhaps you painted pictures outside, or collected shells or rocks…
Censorship of our naturally curious and playful selves happen, when adults think an activity is stupid, silly, senseless, or a waste of time.
However, it is in these moments we gain clarity of how we can decompress from the daily grind of life’s long-list of adult responsibilities in order to find ourselves and our ‘happy spirit’ of freedom in simply being – but first we must let go of our own self-judgment. The more we let go if this, we find our liberating joys of not taking everything so seriously, giving ourselves permission to let go and have fulfillment in silliness and summertime play.
As Memorial Day Weekend approaches (officially the start of summer) – take the opportunity to start playing again and rediscovering the beauty of life in simple joys.