Adjust your mind and body
It starts with noticing the changes. “We live in a busy world, so it’s important as summer approaches to be on the lookout at the world around you and adjust your mind and body accordingly,” says Dr. Elisha Goldstein, co-founder of The Center for Mindful Living in Los Angeles, CA, and creator of A Course in Mindful Living. “When you do that, your mind and body slow down and you’re more aware of what’s happening in the moment.”
Goldstein then stresses the importance of getting outside to engage in the natural world as often as possible. “Anything you can do to get your body moving,” Goldstein says. “I recommend doing yoga, taking walks outside or finding a tai chi class. Our bodies are really important when it comes to this practice. Even going outside and noticing the sounds around you and being aware of what you’re listening to can be a great way to reflect and bring this sense of mindfulness into your daily life.”
To make that time outdoors memorable, challenge yourself to try something new; for instance, commit to that outdoor trapeze school, learn the ropes at the local sailing club or take that salsa dancing class in the park.
One way Alden Wicker, editor-in-chief of the sustainability website EcoCult.com, has learned to hold onto summer’s embrace: steer clear of recycled air. “I've found one philosophy has helped me be in the moment is to avoid air conditioning,” Wicker says. “When you leave in the morning, try riding your bike instead of taking the bus, and avail yourself of every sidewalk cafe and park so you can soak up some vitamin D. I guarantee you'll reach the end of summer with more of an appreciation for the longer days.”