Summer - Stretching and opening

I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed

The Summer Day (excerpt), Mary Oliver

Idle hours, 1894. William Merritt Chase

Idle hours, 1894. William Merritt Chase

Freedom, reach and boundaries

If Spring is associated with unfurling, summer suggests the fullness of opening, arching our backs, lifting our heads to bask our faces in the warming sun, extending our limbs and arms stretching out on the grass as we take in the clouds above our heads. And maybe also, in Mary Oliver's words, being idle and blessed.

What have I noticed gives me energy?  Am I respecting that with my time?  Do I do idle and blessed? Dare I reach out?  Stretch out?


My body. God's body.
Breathe in. Breathe out.