This month’s free meditation: Cooling practice

Ready to feel old? (Has anyone said, “Yes?” to that?) Nelly’s Hot in Herre (sample lyrics: It’s Getting Hot In Here, So Take Off All Your Clothes) is 15 years old! If you don’t know what I am talking about, rest assured, you are still young.

I think about this song, firstly because it’s catchy, and secondly, because summer is just starting and I have already been stinking HOT. I was in Italy last month waiting in line to see the David under blazing sunlight, glaring jealously at people who were strolling by with gelato (even though I was by no means gelato deficient). The heat in Philadelphia has also been incredibly intense and my water bottle has become my best friend. (My partner said there was no possible way I could drink more water, but apparently I proved him wrong.)


It becomes harder to be speedy in these kind of temperatures, and maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe this heat is a way of life ensuring that we aren’t all type A all the time. No one was keeping score as to how efficient we have been anyway.

I wish you a summer with good books, good friends and popsicles dribbling down your chin. I wish you a summer where you put that work away at least once and you leave the laundry in the hamper.

This month’s meditation is a cooling meditation. Consider it air conditioning for those who don’t want the poor health effects of constant central air conditioning. Enjoy!


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