August is, in a way, the calm before the storm. People soak in the remaining sunny days in their downtime before gearing up for a new season at work. Autumn breezes will inevitably act as the winds of change, making August a great time to sit back, appreciate the present moment and take time for yourself to practice serenity. If your work is demanding, try to make some leisure time to see family and friends. Find 10 minutes of reflection or meditation time each day. Clear your mind and get a fresh perspective on life by traveling to a new destination. From everyday actions to special trips, there are plenty of ways to practice serenity this month, no matter what your lifestyle allows. When you make choices you are deeply content with and which contribute to your physical, mental and spiritual wellness, they will inspire an unshakeable sense of inner peace.
While people find serenity in many different ways, many name cooking as an ideal way to unwind and have fun. Even those without an affinity for cooking can find pleasure in taking that first bite of a home-cooked meal. Simple dishes especially align with serenity, as they avoid the stress of long grocery-shopping trips and complex procedures. Food52’s Simple Summer Peach Cake is a delicious example of an easy-to-make treat perfect for August, which is National Peach Month. This cake is only one way to enjoy the juicy fruit – put it atop a salad, pair it with ice cream or just eat it plain for a refreshing snack. In addition to peaches, beets are also in season. A dish like Bon Appetit’s Marinated Beets with Potatoes and Horseradish can precede your dessert. This light, healthy salad bursts with flavor from the beets, herbs and seasoning. The beets can be prepared in advance, minimizing the stress of making all parts of the dish and keeping the kitchen a calm, fun space.
August 2 is International Beer Day, followed by Friendship Day on August 4. Take the weekend to connect with old friends or new – perhaps over a cold beer and homemade food – and appreciate the bonds you’ve made. August 26 is Women’s Equality Day, which brings awareness to the year-long, continued push for gender equality while celebrating the accomplishments women have made throughout history. Finally, the month rounds out with Global Forgiveness Day on August 27. By making amends with others and letting go of grudges you may have kept, you can make a fresh start as you begin to head into the upcoming autumn season. You can find an increased sense of peace in your relationships with others, and above all, serenity within yourself.