It’s officially summer! I know many people prefer the cooler temperatures of spring and fall, but my favorite season is summer, and not just because my birthday is in August. There seems to be a certain freedom around this time of year. School is out and many people get out of their everyday routines by taking vacations and traveling far from home.
One of the best gifts I have ever given myself happened during the summer of 2007 when I drove my car from Miami to San Francisco and back. Along the way, I visited friends, family, and many of the beautiful national parks across the country. Reconnecting with loved ones and many breathtaking hikes in nature’s beauty recharged my soul battery in the middle of those very challenging last 6 years of my mother’s life. It was definitely a spiritual experience!
I love how my friend, Cindy Wigglesworth, defines spirituality in her PBS special on “Conscious Evolution.” She says, “Spirituality is an innate human need to be connected with something larger than ourselves.” Stripped of any religious dogma or need to believe anything in particular, this simple yet profound definition allows all of us to be spiritual in our own way.
This summer, I invite you to get out there and have a spiritual experience. Your soul will thank you. If for some reason you can’t leave right away, you can join my friends, Ali and Michael Benjamin, as they take “God on a Joy Ride.” They began the first leg of the tour last week in their “Om Shanti Home” camper leaving Big Bear, CA heading to Montana. Their intention is to experience more joy in their lives while exploring beautiful places and meeting others who have that “joy factor.” You can follow their adventures through pictures and videos on Facebook and Instagram by searching for #godonajoyride. These two are quite the comical couple, as you will see in their second video where they take a detour with God for a cup of coffee and a visit to a hardware store. Travel blessings to you, my joyful friends!
Another great way to connect to something larger than yourself is by attending a Family Constellations workshop. You can’t deny there is something bigger than us going on when you experience this miraculous process. Visit the calendar page on my website to see details of upcoming events.
During these summer months, may the extended daylight hours bring you many opportunities to experience joy!
The world you see but shows you how much joy you have allowed yourself to see in you, and to accept as yours. And, if this is its meaning, then the power to give it joy must lie within you.
A Course in Miracles – T-21.Intro.2