The energy is hot, heavy and full of joy. Everything is in bloom during summer and you should be too. Check out my summer guide.
Create: Make things happen. Get creative juices flowing: write, chant, yoga, draw, sing, hum, dance, swim, surf or better yet do them all.
Laugh: Find joy wherever you can. Joy can be found in the smallest things like seeing a butterfly or bird fly by. Be playful, this is the time for you to live to the fullest.
Summer = <3: The heart loves joy! The heart wants to love. We all know this but so easily forget. Don't wait. Go out and do something you love today! Avoid anger at all costs.
The heart rules our spirit:
- It is our inner radiance
- It loves joy, gratitude and positivity
- Our spirit suffers when we have anxiety, negativity and sorrow
- Boost your spirit: Upon waking, write a list of 5 things that bring you joy
Receive: Be open and receptive, not just emotionally, but physically. It is a good time to try something new; try a headstand yoga pose, ride the 50k bike ride, swim in the ocean, pick up golf, learn tennis, hike Iron Mountain.
During summer season, it is important to:
- Go to bed early (no later than 11 pm) and wake up early (6 am).
- Realize our life’s greatest potential and go after your dreams.
- Keep a cheerful state of mind and avoid anxiety and anger.
- Go outside and exercise in the morning and take a mid day rest.
- Stay hydrated and eat foods such as cucumber, watermelon, bok choy, and asparagus. Drink plenty of water and cool down with a little coconut water. Avoid heavy and greasy foods.
Summer is for the birds: During summer months the temperature can get really hot in S.D. County. Did you know SD is home to 500 wild bird species, more than any county in U.S? I was surprised and delighted to learn this. Time to dust off my binoculars. The S.D. Audobon Society encourages residents, businesses and schools to grow drought tolerant plants and create bird-friendly habitats. So please leave food and water and they’ll come and go without much trouble. Have you ever felt unhappy watching a humming bird hover over a flower? Probably not. The soothing sounds, graceful flight and colorful foliage bring us joy. So let’s bring beauty and joy into our environment. I just filled up my bird feeders :).
Love Your Feet! Summer months can be rough on your feet, especially when we want to wear flip flops and open-toed shoes. Epsom salt or magnesium sulfate is used to relieve aches and pain as well as inflammation in feet. Dead sea salt has detoxifying effects, while baking soda adds deodorizing and softness to the mix.
Essential to add:
- Tea tree essential oil - anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial
- Cedarwood essential oil – anti-fungal
- Peppermint essential oil - rejuvenates tired feet
- Lavender essential oil - calming
You will need:
- 1 cup Epsom salt
- 1 cup dead sea salt
- ¼ cup baking soda
- 8 drops tea tree essential oil\6 drops cedarwood essential oil
- 3 drops peppermint / lavender essential oil
- Large Bowl
Mix together salts, baking soda and herbs. Drop in essential oils and mix thoroughly. When ready to use, fill a large bowl with warm water and pour in some of their mixture. Soak your feet for 10- 30 minutes. Take your feet out of water and towel dry. You can also double the ingredients for whole body soak.