Spend Your Free Time with Intention: 4 Ways to Find Serenity This Summer

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Gabby Bernstein Instagram beach day photo | Spend your free time with intentionIt’s been six months since I had my son, and my life is about to ramp up big-time when my new book, Super Attractor, comes out in September.

So this summer I’m taking the opportunity for downtime! In this blog post (which I updated for summer 2019), I’m sharing some of the practices that I’m using to find summertime serenity.

4 ways to spend your free time mindfully

Check out this video, where I offer up some ways to find serenity this summer. Even with work and family obligations, it’s likely you’ll find yourself with at least a little more downtime than usual. Maybe you’re taking a vacation, or maybe you’re just leaving work a little early on Fridays.

Whatever you have available to you, I have some ways to spend your free time mindfully this summer. Check out the video I recorded a few summers ago, and keep reading to see the tips broken out in more detail.

1. Set the intention for summer serenity

No matter how much downtime you have this summer, I want to encourage you to use it wisely and intentionally. Spend your free time relaxing, having and deepening your stillness practice.

Bringing serenity into our summer is a choice we make, and it begins by setting the intention. When we make that intention, we actually start to show up for our desired outcome.

But if we don’t set the intention, we just won’t do it. We’ll just keep working hard, feeling stressed on vacation and spending our long weekends thinking about Monday. We won’t actually allow ourselves to slow down and practice stillness.

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Slowing down and practicing serenity isn’t just some nice little luxury. It’s crucial for your nervous system, your happiness, your well-being and your relationships.

2. Be proactive about going outdoors

Gabby Bernstein taking a walkI live in the country most of the time, and I love to take walks through the woods and fields. Immersing yourself in nature is a fast way to feel more spiritually connected and serene. Simply sitting in your backyard or walking through your neighborhood is enough to reconnect.

If you’re in a city, make it a point to go to parks, visit the beach or take walks early in the day, before the streets get super hot and crowded.

Be intentional about going outdoors in whatever way feels good to you. It’s also awesome for your health! Research shows that spending time in nature reduces the risk of stress, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and more.

3. Strengthen your spiritual practice

I always trust in the direction of the Universe and know that I'm being guided | Gabby Bernstein | The Universe Has Your Back card deckThe best thing you can do to access serenity is to strengthen your spiritual practice. Maybe you can go a little deeper with your meditation practice by committing to meditate daily or by exploring new kinds of meditation.

  • If you’re new to meditation, start with my Beginner’s Guide to Meditation.
  • This summer I’m practicing Kirtan Kriya, a simple Kundalini practice that balances your mood, improves your memory and strengthens your mental clarity. Try it out! If you like it, do it for the next 40 days for amazing benefits.
  • Turn your walk into a meditative experience with this 6-minute guided walking meditation.

Summer is also a great time to start a journaling practice. Putting pen to paper is a powerful act. Give yourself the opportunity to create this habit and you’ll never look back. Check out my guidance on how to attract your desires through journaling!

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4. Read the books you’ve been meaning to get to…

Living in the Light by Shakti Gawain | Spend your free time mindfully this summerSummer is the perfect time to read those books that have been piling up on your nightstand or in your Amazon cart! You can check out some of my favorite spiritual books for ideas.

One perfect book for summer is Living in the Light, by Shakti Gawain. In the blog post linked above I share the beautiful story of how I came across this book.

Shakti had an incredible way of distilling complex spiritual ideas into very clear writing. In Living in the Light, she teaches us how to connect with our inner guide and bring awareness to every part of ourselves. What better way to spend your free time?

As I mentioned above, by the time fall hits I’ll have a new one for you. Super Attractor, my next book, will be published on September 24th. You can preorder the book now and get my FREE 2-hour Manifesting Jumpstart Workshop as a bonus gift!

If you want to improve your physical health and well-being, check out my roundup of 7 books that will help you heal your gut, eat without anxiety and feel great.

How do you find summer serenity?

Spirit Junkies, I want to hear from you! How do you spend your free time in the summer to make the most of the season? What do you want to commit to this summer to deepen your stillness practice and really chill out?

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  1. I am going own my serenity by doing some night time colouring when the kids go to bed because I find that it relaxes me and calms my mind.

  2. I intend to enjoy a calm and fun summer with my husband and stepdaughter. We will enjoy our time together and strengthen our family bonds. I´ll sue the time they´re sleeping since I like to wake up earlier to connect with God and enjoy me time.

  3. Thank you so much for sending this affirming message!
    I’m a full time mother figure to two teenagers, and a part time mother figure to another teen. Owning my serenity and making it my top priority every day is something vital to my overall happiness and effectiveness. During the weeks we don’t have the kids, I am taking it easy. Slowing down. Getting out in the boat. Walking in nature. Sipping and savoring my coffee extra long. Drinking it out on the patio in the morning. Working outside instead of in the office. Yoga outside. The more time i spend outside, the happier I am, and the more peaceful I feel. Also just did the Desire Map and am doing the Desire Map Planner as a way to create my life based upon how I want to feel. Summertime spurred this on, and I’m loving it!
    Thank you for all you do to create a more loving world.

  4. Hi Gabby,

    Thank you for sharing this post about staying connected during the summer. I am on day three of the fourth day Kirtan Kriya challenge and wanted to share that as I woke this morning with no real plan where to start, the chant was already going in my head and I knew what to start my day with.

  5. As I reside in Australia… its winter here. But, the weather is mild and its possible to go outdoors. As I try to become stronger in my belief of leaving everything in God’s hands.. His power and love is amazing. I have a lovely garden, 50 roses, so im busy pruning them and just enjoying the fresh air, the blue sky and the miracle of plant growth. Like the roses, I would love to grow in the assurance that the Universe has our backs, giving me a feeling of calm and joy. My mind tends to be at peace out there.. and I actually talk to the Universe (God).
    Thank you for listening and thank you for all your wise, loving words.

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