In this season many of us spend more time outdoors, more time in physical activity, more time enjoying the company of friends. Or for some of us it’s time on holiday, a change of routines, a new place to explore. So let’s celebrate it:
- Pray or meditate in the fields or woods. Enjoy the warmth of the sun or a cooling breeze.
- Contact a friend you’ve not seen for a while and arrange to spend some time outdoors together – at the Summer Afternoons café, for instance!
- Go for a walk or cycle ride at dawn or dusk on midsummer’s day. Give thanks for life.
- When you tend your garden, practise the disciplines of attention and humility: contemplate the small things, the details. Be part of the season.
- As routines shift, explore a new place to worship. Or pick up a book about spirituality, such as Christopher Jamison’s Finding Sanctuary: Monastic Steps for Everyday Life.
- Go barefoot; relax, be present, as you feel the ground beneath your feet.
- Read the Bible outdoors. Reflect on how much of the time Jesus taught in the open air and the psalmists use images of the natural world.
“Can any of you live a bit longer by worrying about it? …Look at how the wildflowers grow: they don’t work or make clothes for themselves.”
Luke 12: 25-27
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