Summertime! The best! Hot hazy days when mother nature is telling us that it is time to slow down. Yeah, and here you are in DC, and it’s your job to be a go-getter with Type A tendencies…. it is totally ok to take a break from that. Not something we are used to hearing in our busy culture, but suddenly, there are all kinds of heat indexes, butterflies and fire flies, and if you listen closely, you start to hear the cicadas and you can start to allow yourself to unwind from the busy, and the doing.

It’s not hard to fall into the guilt trap of slowing down. It’s so hard sometimes to give ourselves permission to slow down and just enjoy the array of wonder that nature is offering with her sunshine, her humidity, her pretty flowers and all of the other joys that come along with summertime.

At Take Five Meditation we understand the importance of slowing down sometimes. It helps us to recalibrate, and prepares us for when we really must act and be productive. We offer all of you our studio as a cool summertime oasis to explore your mind with just the right amount of navel gazing. There is nothing like a good quiet meditation to get you into summertime mode.

We look forward to seeing you at the #zenhub and would love it if you shared your summertime pics with us on our Instagram. Tag us with your summertime pics and we will share them with the Take Five community so that they can see how we all love to spend our summers.

With Deep, And Very Warm Summer Love,

Tara

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Is there anything better than when you give a friend or a loved one a gift? Let’s face it, it is more fun to give the gift than to receive it.  There is such a feeling of delight in making someone else happy and smile. Let’s deepen that and imagine taking time our of our day or putting ourselves out a bit, to help someone who needs our care. Maybe there is someone who needs shelter that we can help to provide, or food. Perhaps there is an elderly neighbor who is ill and could use some extra help with something around the house.
Just imagine that every time you take the time to nurture somebody else, your desire to nurture others grows until it becomes a regular and very fulfilling part of your life. Nurturing others is not just for parents, teachers, nurses or child-care workers, it is for everyone.
The beauty of a regular meditation practice, is that it grows the part of the brain that experiences empathy and caring for others. By cultivating self-compassion we are actually growing our capacity to experience a deep and satisfying compassion for others. This is nothing but a win/win for everyone.
Just imagine a world where we are all loving life, because we are caring for and nurturing each other. That right there is #goals!
Take Five Meditation was built on the premise that there could be nothing better than creating a space to nurture others. Providing an oasis for the stressed and tired DC community is our top priority. If along the way, we manage to enhance our community’s capacity through regular meditation into taking that spirit of nurture out into the broader world, that is simply some beautiful icing on the cake.
We look forward to seeing you growing your nurturing spirit on the cushions.
With Epic Amounts of Community Kumbaya,
Tara
For more on how meditation changes and grows your gray matter see here