It's summertime. Finally. Despite the heady smell of lilacs, I think I'm still in a state of disbelief: I keep snapping photos of blooming flowers in gardens wherever I walk (see above). Apparently, somewhere in my energetic body or subconscious, I'm still holding on to the fact that I was wearing a down jacket in the second week of May! It's probably time I let that go.
It's amazing how insidious our habits and thoughts can be. They wind themselves around us with tremendous force. They resist our better judgement and our rational thoughts. From thumb-sucking to skepticism, acquired behaviours and thought patterns can become so regular they're virtually involuntary and unnoticed. Negative thoughts are the wiliest of bad habits. Patterns of doubt and self-judgment can erupt, subtle and unbidden, to sabotage us. Before they form fully into sentences, they've changed the tone of the day or prevented us from trying something new. I know I can fall prey to the sad sway of these undesirable mental habits, but that keen awareness, the will to change and powerful positive patterns are the only effective prescription.
What does this have to do with summer? Well, every day can't be sunny. Before we let cloud cover colour our day, let's agree to keep sunshine in the heart and rise each morning to a positive intention. That's my pledge for the summer and I invite you to join me. I vow to wake each day to the following meditation: Today is full of glorious potential. Today is a day to be fully present, fully aware, fully alive. Today is a day I will not waste a single precious moment on worrying about what's less than perfect because today is precisely the day it should be. With this meditation hauling me out of bed and striking new pathways through my hopefully still neuroplastic brain, I'll set positive habits that will last well beyond Labour Day. At least, that's what I'm hoping. And with the summer sun shining through my office window, there's simply no room for doubt.