Summer in the Hampton's is official in full swing! Memorial Day weekend was a beauty and now you're just craving more salty wind in your hair. To make sure you make the best of Summer 2014, I've put together a Complete Soulful Guide to Summer. So it might not be a book, but I think these 5 simple tips will make sure you have an amazing, inspiring, juicy summer and that you enjoy it to the fullest:
1. Do yoga on the beach
As much as possible. There is nothing more incredible, more meditative, more soothing and blissful than listening to the crashing waves sync with your breath. Vinyasa means linking breath to movement. (Check out this article in Yoga Journal about that!) Being next to the ocean and linking your breath to the ocean AND your movement, feels like the greatest massage for your mind. You do your sun salutations with the actual sun pouring over your skin and face. Your soul is relaxed because you are standing on the edge of the earth looking out at infinite possibility. You are inspired by the greatness and beauty of it all. There is truly nothing better. Do yoga on the beach--alone, with a group, with an instructor-- and prepare for bliss:)
2. Make a Bucket List
There is SO much to do over the summer. You don't want to get to August 25th and realize you didn't do half the things you had hoped! Last summer was the first year I made a bucket list, and I tried to cross one or two things off a week. It worked great! I got to sip a beer at the Montauk Brewery (while listening to live music by my favorite musician). I went kayaking, and ate lobster in Montauk. I did yoga on the beach every week, and went paddle boarding at sunset. I danced at Wolffer Estate and sat in the captain's chair of a fisherman's boat. (ok...maybe that wasn't exactly on my bucket list). My point is--set your self up for an awesome summer and you will have an even better one than you imagine.
2. Do everything you can outside
Everything. Eat outside. Exercise outside. Swim outside. Shower outside. Sleep outside. Ride bikes. Read books. Paint. Write. Dance. Yoga. Do everything outside.
3. Say Yes
Saying yes is all about taking risks. Diving in when there is a moment of hesitation or uncertainty. Not being sure, maybe not feeling ready--but jumping in anyway. It's about remaining open to new possibilities. It's about being flexible, keeping your heart open, and changing the plan. It's about living with a freedom and lightness in your heart and soul.
4. Watch the sunset over the ocean
Sit with someone and talk about your dreams and goals. Dream of possibilities together. Encourage each other. Create a safe space for each other. Marvel at the beauty of the earth and know that you are taken care of--just like every other specimen on this planet. Make wishes. Make goals. Be hopeful.
5. Give Generously
In some way, give something away. Give your time to something you care about. Give your money to someone or an organization who needs it. Give your skills and talents away for free. Welcome friends and guests into your home. Be generous. Try to make someone else's summer day amazing, incredible, and so so memorable. There is no better way to fill your heart with joy and fulfillment than to give what you've got. Karma---it will all come back around:)
Want to add to this list? Have other great soulful, summer ideas? Please tell me in the comments! I'd love to share with everyone:)
To a soul-shining summer,
Didn't like my list? Maybe you'll like the Kid President's better:
(I love this kid!:))