August Break

Such a positively gorgeous time to be alive! Every day full of the wild beauty of summer…

IMG_7673What can I say??!? This girl LOVES her gelato…

This picture of my lunch (yes, lunch…) is the first installment in a series of photos I’ll be taking this month as a part of the August Break with Susannah Conway, whose work I deeply adore.

By taking the month off from blogging and taking one photo per day (catch them here on Instagram at #augustbreak2014), I hope to settle more into this experience of summer, enjoying each moment a little more deeply. Just as with my meditation project, my intention is to ground, to focus on the present joy that surrounds me — every little thing — and be consciously grateful for every bit of it.

As Henry David Thoreau says, “I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.”

Amen, my friend!

I’m beginning to understand more and more that this slowing down is what summer’s all about.

Fresh veggies and fruit from the market…

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…getting dirt under my nails…

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…playing with others…

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…basking in the bounty of the garden…

IMG_7604…and the wonder of dragonflies and butterflies, bunnies on the lawn, the¬†moonie in all her phases and ants crawling between my toes as I meditate in the grass.

All of it.

I want to bathe in it and soak it into my pores.

My wish for all of us is to¬†create the space to be present with what August has to offer — to grow and shift and change as Nature herself does, stretching and resting, and stretching again in any direction that calls your name.

To enjoy the fleeting and joyful fecundity of these days, and see what they have to teach us about ourselves. About our nature.

About life itself.

Even if all we can spare are five minutes in a chair in the yard or at the window, we can delight in the art of long-looking.

And breathe.

So while I take a break from posting here for the rest of the month, I will still be posting pictures over on Instagram and attempting a technology break the rest of the way around. I hope you’ll stop by and see me there.

Before I go, I want to share with you a beautiful blog post by a friend of mine, Lindsay Walz, who was on the 35W bridge when it collapsed into the Mississippi River seven years ago today. It is an anniversary I will never forget — one of those moments that I distinctly remember where I was when I heard — and I honor her sharing her story, her wisdom, and her beautiful light with the world.

Happy August to you!//