I met someone in the dining hall of the campground that we go to on Sunday. He was grabbing a bowl of cereal and told me that he'd just finished his workout. It was 6:45 am. I knew that all of the counsellors had just finished a week of kids camp and they usually let loose on Saturday nights so I queried him on why the 5:30 am start and his response was that he liked to listen to the world wake up! "I get it"! "Me too!" When I was his age (18) I would canoe out into the middle of the lake and sit quietly as the mist burned off the water and then listen to the birds and the animals as they started to move and make sounds. Then the people would start to stir and campfires would be built and the world would crescendo into a vibrant day full of energy and connections. It was magical. I highly recommend it if you are trying to find mindful moments in your summer. Now you don't have to canoe or work out. You could just go and sit quietly on a park bench. It's just that the world is a busy busy place nowadays....except for really early in the morning. Try it. You just might like it!
Or maybe during the middle of the night as in Susan Werner's "My Mother's Garden" song!
Relaxing and accessing the parasympathetic nervous system are actually skills to be acquired if you struggle with anxiety, depression or any other mental illness. And I take my job seriously and want to be a good role model so I'm in Point Clark relaxing and modelling a good work/life balance!!!! lol
I hope that you are soaking up enjoyment during your summer too! All we have are memories in the end. Be mindful to be making them!