June 11, 2014 by Katie Collins
List for a Mindful Summer
Set sweet summertime intentions, beginning with number one:
Make a list.
- Be grateful.
- Start a journal. This is where we will keep our gratitude.
- Smile with the rising sun. Contemplate.
- Wake up early, unless you don’t.
- Take your practice outside the mat. The grass, the water, the slack line.
- Serve yourself a slice of humble pie weekly.
Say yes to travel. Experience long car rides.
- Do not complain about the hot weather. Especially if living in Albany, New York.
- Identify with things that are bigger than you: the water, the sun, the grass.
- Never pass up a farmers market.
- Eat as close to this earth as possible, especially eating plenty of in-season fruits and vegetables.
- Cut out all the processed crap. It’s summer time, think local watermelon, peaches and zucchini.
- Stay hydrated. Sweat in the sun. If we’re not sweating, we are dehydrated and we will burn.
- Stay hydrated with water. Pure. From local springs if possible. Go plastic-free.
Coconut oil. For everything. Skin, hair, coffee.
- This summer, see if you can avoid the pharmaceutical companies. Create your own medicine from herbs, aloes, oils, and salts.
- Live music. Listen to all of the live music. My favorites: Trevor Hall, Edward Sharpe, The Avett Brothers.
- Give back. Volunteer.
- Smile…because this life is pretty damn amazing, and if we’re too busy to make time to smile, it’s going to pass us right on by.