The seasonal wheel turns again, and today, we in the Northern hemisphere celebrate the summer solstice.
The Summer Solstice is the zenith of the solar year. We have maximum daylight and minimal night. Solstice literally means stillpoint. It’s the period when the Sun appears to be hanging in the most southerly part of its journey across the sky before changing directions and going the other way. And this stillpoint period is a perfect cosmic invitation to pause and reflect on what has occurred in our journey to this point and think about where we want to go next.
This is a great time to do a bit of journaling. Take a moment to note and celebrate what you’ve accomplished; honor what’s ready to be let go. And when you’ve done that, open the door to the new season.
Take a moment and consider how you’d like to be this summer; what you’d like to unfold.
Find a word, a poem, a saying, a title that celebrates your brightness and use it often. Let it inspired you. Let it celebrate you. Let it encourage you to shine, shine, shine with the full brightness of your being. Give yourself a label. A title. Something amusing and inspiring. Own it. I have a friend who is brilliant at bequeathing titles, and perhaps you know someone who is as well. Or maybe that’s part of your mission this summer – handing out titles that encourage people to bloom into them. I wear an armful of bangles, each one of which is engraved with a bit of poetry that delights me. Whenever I move my arm the jingling of the bracelets is a little reminder that I carry joyful inspiration around with me always. What are your reminders?
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.
What about you dear friends? What are you wishing? What are you planning? Do tell – you know I love to hear. And know I’m wishing you a most wondrous, joy-filled season.