June is a glorious month in which we welcome summer — and begins the season of awareness. What do you naturally equate this season with? Perhaps you think of vacation, rest and relaxation, family fun and warmth. In the holistic, wellness world, our principles align with those thoughts, as well.
Summer is a time to create the needed space for rest and relaxation. Provide yourself with ample time for replenishing! See and be aware of yourself, and work at a slower pace, all the while being aware of the growth you see in yourself. Spring has evolved us and we can now see the truth of who we are — and we are ALIVE!
Summer is also a time to live intentionally, with purpose. Your purpose in this season of warmth is to be aware and open.
How to Heighten Your Awareness of Self in Summer
Simply intending to be more aware throughout this season of growth is a wonderful place to start. But taking your intention to the next level with focused practice will help you make the most of this season and experience the greatest growth and peace within yourself. Here are a few ways to deepen your awareness.
Awareness of Dreams
There is great power in our dreams, for they are direct connections to our subconscious minds. I’m not saying that all dreams are to be taken literally — like the one where you were riding on the back of a dragon toward the top of a giant ice cream cone as tiny men raced below you with spears aimed right at you! Definitely not. But perhaps with greater contemplation, you could infer that it is representative of a fear of something that you are running from. And maybe you would land in a heavenly spot like a giant ice cream cone if you took that leap!
You don’t have to dissect each dream you have, but start a habit of recording your dreams. Get a notebook to keep on your bedside table and take five minutes or less each morning to jot down what you remember from the night before. Once a week, sit down with a cup of tea or your morning coffee and read over your dreams from the week. Are there any themes? Can you glean any wisdom from your subconscious mind?
Awareness of the Senses
One of the best tools of those who practice mindfulness successfully is actively employing the senses on a daily basis. Aim to avoid multitasking this summer and focus on one task at a time. As you work on those tasks or revel in your experiences, mentally go through your senses and see what you are aware of.
For example, on a vacation to the shore, pause for a five- or 10-minute mindfulness meditation. Sit or stand on the shore:
- What do you hear? Are there seagulls squawking, children playing, waves crashing peacefully on the shore?
- What do you smell? Can you smell the salty air, suntan lotion, someone grilling nearby or the rank smells from a nearby fishing pier?
- What do you see? Take in the gorgeous reflection of the sun on the water, the graceful flight of the gulls and pelicans over the sea, and the joyous, carefree way nearby children play.
- What do you taste? Do you have a cool drink with you or a treat to enjoy? Can you taste the salt on your lips from a recent dip in the ocean?
- What do you feel? Is the sun warming your skin, sand itching your legs where it sticks or water cooling your toes?
Employing every sense allows you to be completely aware and fully experience the moment.
Awareness Through Meditation
My final suggestion for deeper awareness is to simply soak in silence. Set aside 10 to 15 minutes to meditate. While meditating, simply focus on your breath, clear your mind and see what comes up for you. Oftentimes, your greatest awareness or realizations arise after you’ve spent time in silence, so don’t feel frustrated if you feel nothing happens. You’ve given yourself space and peace. Your inner self knows what to do with it.
Live each day with purpose this summer — the purpose of being aware in this beautiful season of growth.
For more information on living richly with whole heart wellness in every season, contact me!
A nurse for more than 25 years, Karen David is a Certified Wellness Coach, Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist and board certified Focused Awareness Meditation Specialist. She brings her passion for well living and calm presence to empower others in health and wellness. Karen is CEO of Live Life Well, LLC.
This article is for informational purposes only. Practices, services or products described are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please speak with a doctor before beginning any new health regimen.