The Summers of California

I don’t know about anyone else but for me, there are two summers, and we are in the midst of summer 2.  I see summer as divided into summer 1 and summer 2 and they are both different in the weather of the world and the weather of our spirit.

Summer 1 begins on Memorial Day weekend and ends around the middle of July.  Summer 1 gives many opportunities to find joy in a world of beauty.  Flowers abound in color, scent, and beauty in our gardens and our vegetables abound in abundance.  In this part of summer, it is a pleasure to be outside enjoying the warm summer breezes and evenings outside in the sun of longer days.

Here in CA the sun feels good after the June gloom but that feeling and the novelty of summer usually runs its course by August in the midst of summer 2.  In summer 2 all things change.

Our plants have either gone to seed or are burnt to crispy ends because of the lack of rain and the long days in the summer sun.  It is too hot to enjoy being outside after 8 in the morning.  Lawns are filled with all kinds of weeds, which unlike our plants, seem to thrive in the heat of midsummer sun.

However, it does have its good points.  The heat means we need to retreat to either AC or the pool or cool waves of the ocean.  It also gives us an excuse to enter the cool dark environment of a movie theater.  There is something wonderful about escaping into a movie theater in the middle of a hot summer day to escape into the fantasy of the big screen and the cool temperatures.  

Summer 2 gives us the choice of being active or inactive and knowing both are ok!

Quote of the Week

“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.”  

Sam Keen

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Ready, Set, Summer!

For some of us, summer begins with Memorial Day while others see the Summer Solstice as the official beginning go summer.  Whichever group you find yourself in, there is something about June that says summer is here!

Summer!  The word makes us smile.  It brings images of ice cream, swimming pools, and beaches, not to mention long days and short nights.  More time to enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer us.  It is no wonder we associate it with feeling happy, carefree, and young.  It is also good for health because we get more vitamin D and we tend to eat more fresh foods especially fruits and vegetables.

Summer brings out our inner child and children have a natural faith, hope, and wonder that we all can use.  Such things bring us closer to God because children have that inner joy that can make our imagination find fun and joy in the simplest things in life.

S,o here’s to summer – after last summer with the confines it brought, may this summer bring out the child in all of us.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“In early June the world of leaf and blade and flowers explode, and every sunset is different.”

John Steinbeck

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What Am I?

Humans are made up of 3 parts – Spirit. Soul and Body.  Our Spirit nature is that of God. Like a wave in the ocean, we are part of God and It is part of us. But that does mean that we are God no more than the wave is the ocean.

The Soul is the part of us that is our emotional and mental self.  It is the part of us where all our growth and development occur.  However, the soul does not have the 5 senses, hence we need the body to be the eyes, ears, hands, and feet of God.

It is in the soul that all of our big changes occur.  For instance, the body can work out in order to change, but the decision to want that change and the determination to do what it needs to do comes from the soul. Without it, at the first discomfort, the body would say – forget this!

We connect with God through the spirit side of ourselves, but it is the soul that decides to take the time needed to have that connection.

So, what is your soul yearning for you to be, to truly express the aspect of God that is unique in you?  In the movie, Soul, Joe finally realizes that the best part of living isn’t chasing ambition or catching hold of a fleeting dream, but to truly live every minute.

That sounds like something God created us for – to appreciate life and to live it fully

Quote of the Week

I’m going to live every minute of it [life].”

From the movie, “Soul”.

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How’s 2021 so far?

How is 2021 treating you so far?  In Truth, of course, the number of the year does not really affect us unless we let it.

What is true is that when we have expectations, they can often leave us feeling down or even with a resentment that things did not work out according to our plans.  A wise woman once told me years ago that “expectations are preplanned resentments.”

If I expect that, just by the calendar changing, my life, or the conditions of the world would change, it would be foolish.  It would be unrealistic and could lead us to disappointment and disillusionment.  Certainly, the events in Washington was proof that just by changing a “0” to a “1” on the calendar, would not be a panacea for the worlds problems.  

What it can show us is that we are the ones who determine whether we are happy or not, content or not, and how much peace we feel at any time, regardless of the date on a calendar.  

Our minds are more powerful tools than any date, even more powerful than any disease.  But changing our thinking is too big a job for just us, so we have to rely on a Power Greater than Ourselves to help us change our thinking.  We have to surrender our old thinking and ask God to replace it with new more positive thoughts. Only then can we find any true happiness and peace.

Quote of the Week

“Disappointment is temporary.  Only your thought about it is permanent.  Change your mind about what has disappointed you and you will change your life.”

Neale Donald Walsch

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