The Zen of Summer

Post written by Monica Gaylor.

“Summer time brings with itself unhurried mornings, restful afternoons, and leisurely evenings.”  –Simran Khurana

Since I grew up to be a teacher, I breathe a sigh of relief when summer rolls around again.  It is a time to relax, de-stress, contemplate, go slow, sleep late, moon watch, read books, and cook.  It is a time to remember that I am a human being and not a human doing.  It is that point when life slows down to a manageable pace. I think it’s the pace at which we were meant to live.

Summer time always harkens me back to my childhood:  Lazy days by the pool.  Floating.  Warmed by the Gods hot breath.  Marco Polo.  Croquet.  Barbeques.  Chips, salsa, guacamole, and Coca-cola by the pool.  Fried chicken.  Potato salad.  Watermelon seed-spitting contests on the grass.  The dog swimming in the pool.  The shock of the AC on my wet skin.  Monsoon desert storms.  Lightening.  Napping.  Pac Man.

I am having trouble right now getting my act together – regarding responsibilities – and I am not apologizing, just explaining.  I am in the throws of the Zen Summer.  I am stuck in the moment.  Finally.

I hope for all this summer that you find your Zen too.  Peace be the journey.  Here are a few quotes to speed you on your way….

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”   –John Lubbock

“Summer is the time when one sheds one’s tensions with ones clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit.  A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all’s right with the world.”  –Ada Louise Huxtable

“In summer, the song sings itself.”  –William Carlos Williams

“The summer night is like a perfection of thought.”  –Wallace Stevens

“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.”  –Sam Keen

 “For him in vain the envious seasons roll, Who bears eternal summer in his soul”  –Oliver Wendell Holmes

“All we need is the truth in our hand.  Someone to call a friend.  Never fear the darkness.  All we need is just the sun in the sky.  And the hope of a summer to come with the meaning of love.”  –Anonymous

“If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.”  –Bern Williams

“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence.  Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance.  Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence.  Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”  –Yoko Ono

“There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.”  –Celia Thaxter

“Breathless, we flung us on a windy hill, laughed in the sun, and kissed the lovely grass.”  –Rupert Brooke

“In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day.  No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.”  — Aldo Leopold

“Summer is where the girls go barefoot and their hearts are just as free as their toes.”  –Unknown

“Summer is a promissory note signed in June, its long days spent and gone before you know it, and due to be repaid next January.”  — Hal Berland

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”  –Albert Camus

“To see the Summer Sky Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie – True Poems flee.”  –Emily Dickinson

“Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.”  — Russell Baker

“Summer set lip to earth’s bosom bare,  And left the flushed print in a poppy there”  –Francis Thompson

“A life without love is like a year without summer.”  –Swedish Proverb

“Love is to the heart what summer is to the farmer’s year,  It brings to harvest all the loveliest flowers of the soul.”  –Anonymous

“Oh, the summer night  Has a smile of light  And she sits on a sapphire throne.”  –Barry Cornwall

“Then followed the beautiful season…Summer…  Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape   Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.”  –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.”  –St. Francis of Assisi


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