summer glimmers

Summer Glimmers – How to Notice Them

I wrote this blog post in 2013 about LBTs or Little Beautiful Things, as I called them. It wasn’t until the last few years that I heard the term glimmer and I was like: I KNOW THOSE! I wanted to share some summer glimmers.

Coined by Deb Dana, a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in complex trauma, in her 2018 book “The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy,” “glimmers” refers to small moments when our biology is in a place of connection or regulation, which cues our nervous system to feel safe or calm.

So I wanted to update this post with the new lingo!

Summer is full of Glimmers.

Even though I struggle to enjoy summer, I try just a little bit hard to notice all of the beautiful little things about it. Here are my summer glimmers.

  • The color of the water in a lake
  • The way a butterfly flutters around
  • Watching the squirrels outside of my window
  • The feeling of warm rain falling from the sky
  • The way the sunlight moves through the trees when the breeze blows by
  • The heavy, lulling sound of insects and birds.

How to Find Your Summer Glimmers

Take a Mindful Walk: Leave your phone at home and pay attention to your surroundings. Notice the colors, sounds, and smells around you. OR bring your phone to take pictures of all of those little things.

Keep a Glimmer Journal: Write down three beautiful things you notice each day. It can be as simple as a kind smile or a pretty flower.

Engage Your Senses: Enjoy a cup of tea, listen to your favorite music, or savor the texture of a cozy blanket.

Connect with Nature: Spend time outdoors, whether it’s in a park, garden, or even just your backyard.

Be Present: Focus on the here and now, letting go of worries about the past or future.

What summer glimmers have you noticed today?