Look up! The world is turning it’s eyes to the skies for the next couple of months with summer fireworks celebrations and the coming solar eclipse on August 21st.
It’s a good time to ditch your inner cynic and that “meh” feeling and engage your power of awe. Whether it’s on the macro or micro scale, there is beauty and wonder to be found all around us. It takes us out of ourselves and unites us with all living things, engendering a sense of wellbeing that’s good for overall health. A recent study out of UC Berkeley suggests awe-inspiring moments actually reduce inflammation through positive emotion, altering our immune response.
What’s you strongest sense for experiencing awe? Is it the sound of loved one’s approach, the softness exhale of baby’s breath, or the feel of a pet’s fur?
How can you be sure your summer days are awesome??
Share some AWESOME ACTIVITES
Berry picking takes you up close with nature, using all your senses to find the ripest, most sweet smelling fruit. You can marvel at the shape and texture, the weight of fruit in your hand before you pop some into your mouth.
Find your View\point. You don’t need an exotic location to enjoy a view- although it sure can be spellbinding. Just a lookout from a vantage point can change your perspective and help you see the big picture. Too foggy to see the horizon? Bend low and find the life within a tiny lichen to take your breath away.
Star gazing is a sure way to enjoy the night sky. There are more stars out there than you think. Take a telescope out to a playground and have a look around.
Savor Your Alone Time
Where ever you go Notice the light. We’re in the season of light and although the days are subtly growing shorter there’s plenty left. It’s not just fireworks that inspire awe. As the dawn comes up there is a symphony of awakening to behold in the sunrise, and a spectacle of a color in the sunset before moonglow.
Dance the Eclipse Use this suggestion to create your own personal interpretive dance for the eclipse. You could help raise the positive emotion of the planet and for sure you will please yourself!
Mind games—Reading keeps you mentally sharp especially longer sentences and new vocabulary. Lazy hammock days are just right for tackling a literary classic you always meant to read. Or try one of the newly re-framed Shakespeare classics from PenguinRandomHouse: Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler or Margaret Atwood’s Hag-seed.
Fruit Delight For a fruit treat, nothing is better than a rustic Crostata. No pie plate needed. Just shape the dough onto a baking sheet, pile your fresh picked fruit in the middle and turn up the edges. I made this one with figs and almonds.
Best Wishes for Health and Happiness this Summer!
All Photos Claire Mauro unless stated.