A Summer Hug

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We all need someone to understand us, and we all need hugs. Social scientists tells us we need four a day at least. This can be easier said than done for many of us who live alone. So we need to find other ways to comfort ourselves, to get our needs met, and that contribute to our happiness.

I’ve been spending my days the past three to four months doing just that. Not working for the first Summer in a long time has been very pleasurable in many ways.

I’ve been getting lots of regular sleep, rising up and going to bed early. Taking good care of myself with healthy food and exercise has been very energizing.

Sitting outside early, first thing in the morning under the canopy of my maple tree, sipping hot coffee, watching the Hummingbirds buzz around while reading, and writing in my journal has been a glorious Summer indulgence, because I am outside. I feel very connected to nature. I always am uplifted and inspired by the beauty of where I live and fills my heart with gratitude and happiness.

Reaping the rewards of a both my vegetable and flower gardens has been lovely and having fragrant fresh herbs is a sensual delight. I can hardly wait to make salsa with my Roma tomatoes and herbs.

This Summer has been self-nuturing and helped me to understand myself. It’s like I’ve been given a great big hug by myself, by Summer and by the beauty of the natural world, where I feel understood.