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Summertime and the livin’ is easy. What a nice thought: livin’ easy.
 
Last week I was in Florida. Temperatures reached the upper nineties and the humidity was close to 100%. Every time I step off a plane into the summer heat of Florida, the intensity seems to envelop me. And I think a natural tendency for most of us is to have a negative reaction. Thoughts arise. “How can anyone live here. This is miserable. And the difficult feelings arise as well, mostly in the form of aversion. “I hate this. I’m miserable. I’m grouchy, etc. 
 
So, in reality, we allow our minds to run away towards that which we don’t like, wishing for something other than what we have, we contract, our mood sours. 
 
Dear friends, we do have a choice here. The next time a blast of summer heat hits you, simply notice your thoughts, feelings and contractions. No need to judge them or be hard on yourself. As with all things, gentleness, patience, and a sense of humor. Then, set the intention to relax. Let your shoulders drop. Breathe in, and know you are breathing in. Breathe out and smile. Notice the difference. Repeat. 
 
The point here is that many of our reactions are habitual and unconscious. By simply recognizing this pattern, interrupting the pattern, and setting the intention to relax, we are experiencing new learnings. And small learnings become big learnings. Big learnings potentially become life changing learnings. Simple. Just takes a little practice. 
 
And now, a few musings on summer:
 
"A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken." - James Dent. Humorist and Political Cartoonist
 
“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv'd but three summer days - three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.”  
-John Keats,  Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawn
 
"There was nothing like a Saturday - unless it was the Saturday leading up to the last week of school and into summer vacation. That of course was all the Saturdays of your life rolled into one big shiny ball.” - Nora Roberts,  Rising Tides.
 
Everything joins the orchestra in summer. The grass, the weeds, the flowers, the bugs and the newborns of all shapes, sizes and varieties, join together and create a big party. 
 
While so much fun occurs in summer, grilling, swimming, and weekend parties, we must continue, in our simple practices, if we ever hope to harvest. Please remember, simple practices done "over time" lead to compounding results. The good news here is that, we will miss a day, we might miss a week, a month, or more, but we can always come back to our practices, and our practices will yield results. Sow practices abundantly, and we can expect to reap abundantly. But even if we practice a little bit consistently, we can expect positive change. And positive change often reinforces the desire to do more of the practices that yielded the positive result. 

 

-Rick Breden, CEO

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