Enjoy the beautiful colors of summer!

Wishing you happiness, and hope you are enjoying the beautiful colors of summer!  The flowers are in full bloom, drawing us to them, singing their unique songs through their pretty colors!  Have you taken the time to enjoy relaxing on your patio, or in a garden, surrounded by summer flowers? For me, this is heaven on earth. Seeing the colorful flowers puts a smile on my face and a song in my heart. Why is that, why do you and I feel happy in a garden? Flowers and plants are a living part of nature, and have an energy that is healing to our bodies. Walking barefoot on the grass can help reduce inflammation in our bodies, this is a benefit of what we now call earthing.  Anyone who has ever kicked off their shoes or sandals and enjoyed the feeling of grass or sand under their feet knows how good it feels!  The air is warm and we can relax.

If you are feeling stressed, take the time to go outside. Even if only for a few minutes. Take a few slow breaths, bringing the air deeply into your belly, and allowing it to fill all the way up to your chest, like a rolling wave, then gently allow the breath out, with no effort. Breathing in slowly, and then slowly letting the breath out.  It is a circle, slowly in and gently out. You may notice it not filling your belly or not coming fully up into your heart area.  Our breathing reflects our inner state of how we are feeling. And can become fast or shallow if we are feeling stressed.  Stress patterns of breathing can become habitual, and affect our health in detrimental ways. Conscious breathing can change these patterns in positive ways. Start with deep gentle breathing to relax you more and more.  Close your eyes, breathing gently and deeply, for a few moments.  Then open your eyes and see the beauty surrounding you! Pink, yellow, violet, green, blue and more!  Feel the gratitude for being in your body, surrounded by and feeling part of nature that can nurture us if we allow ourself to be present in the moment. Ahhhhhhh, I feel better already!  Enjoy your day and all the beautiful colors of summer! Blessings to you!

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