Happy Solstice! Happy Summer! (And, of course, wonderful wintery blessings to all our southern hemisphere friends).
I’m entering this season with a sense of delighted anticipation, as though our beautiful spinning Gaia has issued a special invitation for a new journey, a new adventure, a new way of showing up. I feel like I’m on the lookout for radiance everywhere. I want to summon everything forward into the light; inviting everyone to show up in golden costumes; asking all of us to turn our faces to the sun and be part of the luminosity.
Solstice literally means still point. Don’t you think that’s a perfect cosmic invitation to pause at the zenith of our northerly solar year and reflect? It’s a great time to note and celebrate what we’ve accomplished and welcomed into our lives so far, and to honor what’s ready to be let go of. And when we’ve done that, it’s time to step over the threshold into a new season and open to into fresh energies. What do you wish to create? How do you want to express yourself in the container of this season? What magic and delight do you want to invoke?
I’m choosing to remember what Hafiz said so beautifully:
“An awake heart is like a sky that pours light.”
That’s how I want to show up this summer; what I want my energetic address to be; how I want to walk through this quarter of the year.
This solstice portalway is an opening to what I expect will be an energetically intense season, both personally and collectively. Even as I know this, I’m reminded that we need to be mindful of how we hold this. People often think intensity is a code word for difficulty and start preparing themselves with an overlay of fear. But this is just a pattern and one that doesn’t actually need to be engaged with. What if we choose to activate the bliss-charged, joy-filled aspects of intensity? The creative fire blazing hotly? The curiosity that fuels profound new discoveries? All these things are equally available potentials as well.
I’ve been deeply immersing myself in Hafiz again lately, and I love this particular wisdom teaching of his. It speaks to me about what I think we’re all called to do, and reminds that we’ve got so much support and so many resources. Perhaps it’s our perfect invitation to have the most wonderful season we can.
Did the rose
Ever open its heart
And give this world
All its Beauty?
It felt the encouragement of light
We all remain
It’s been a while since I worked on a daily project for any great length of time and I’m always intrigued and impressed by folks participating in 100-days-of or a year-of projects. I’m a bit reluctant to commit to such things as my usual preference is keeping a huge number of projects ongoing and allowing myself the freedom of choosing which ones to focus on in any moment. But this summer I’m feeling the call to commit to a new disciplined practice as I make my way through the study of the book The Radiance Sutras: 112 Gateways to the Yoga of Wonder & Delight by Lorin Roche. This body of work is Roche’s modern interpretation of the ancient meditations of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra. My plan is to journal, in a combination of writing and arting, my way through the 112 sutras. In preparation for what I imagine will be an interesting and profound reflective project, yesterday I created a journal to work in, and I’m excited to begin today. I think my “summer radiance” project feels both like the perfect container to hold this season with AND to be held within. I’m approaching this as a grand adventure and experiment – just how much radiance can I entrain to? I’m certainly curious to find out.
What about you dear friends? What are you wishing? What are you planning? How do you want to engage with this new season filled with possibilities? Do tell – you know I love to hear. And know I’m wishing you a most wondrous, joy-filled season.