Summer is finally here! I love all the seasons, but summer is especially fulfilling. The long sunny days offer ample time for outdoor play and adventures, but also a chance to slow down a bit and relax. My favorite summer activities include swimming in beautiful rivers & lakes, BBQin’ with friends, backpacking in the mountains and napping in my hammock. While I love these activities, what I appreciate the most about summertime is the opportunity to not do anything, but rather to simply be. I sometimes get so caught up in my activities, most of which are wonderful, that I forget how refreshing it is to be quiet, be still, be empty. When I shift my attention away from mental activity — reflections on the past and plans for the future — and focus instead on what is present in this moment, I continually discover tremendous peace and contentment. That must be why the “present” is called such, because it is a gift just waiting to be recognized. I wish you a glorious summer, and invite you to take a little time out from doing to discover the magic of being.
Casey Frieder, DC