The Summer Solstice has been celebrated since ancient times; our ancestors marvelled at the intense energy of the sun, danced in it’s light and celebrated it’s power.  They knew that the sun was a vital, life-giving force and so, understandably, they worshipped it!

We have come to see this time of year as a more symbolic rebalancing of our inner and outer worlds; a time of renewal, reactivation, regeneration & revitalisation.  I often say, “don’t look back, unless it is to see how far you’ve come”; well the Summer Solstice is a chance to do just that.  It offers a chance to reflect on the first six months of the year, revisit the intentions we set ourselves back in the depth of winter, acknowledge the shifts that have occurred and see how the year has flowed.

When we bring the past to us, our perspective of time is often discombobulated – January was a mere blink ago yet can feel like a lifetime ago!  This means that the winter Solstice, which seems such a long way off, will come hurtling towards us – we will be there before we know it.   For me, this is a powerful reminder to live intentionally; each day can either take us on the path we wish or leave us meandering in bracken, dense undergrowth and dead-ends, our goals winking at us, mocking us, like a far off, snow-capped summit!

So I like to take this moment, at the middle of the year, to check my compass, check I am on course, check that the direction I set myself is still the right one for me.  This is a time to focus on new growth and renew our commitment to self care. And perhaps, by welcoming the brightest solar power to our practice, we can let go of any sadness or disappointment from the previous months.

I’d like to share some of the words and poetry that has really been “speaking to me” recently….

It is hard to see your progress when you are deeply immersed in the process ~ Jung Pueblo

Give energy where you need to give energy rest where you need to rest ~ Morgan Harper Nicholls

You will not be the same person, a year from now. You must decide which way you will grow ~ Brianna Wiest

Sunflowers – despite knowing they won’t be hear for long they still choose to live their brightest lives ~ Rupi Kaur

To me, being spiritual means

Whispering to trees

Laughing with flowers

Falling in love with sunsets

Consulting the water

And worshipping the stars

One hand to my heart

One hand to Earth

And Sparkles

Tons of them


~ Tanya Markul

Find Freedom in letting go of the need to always know ~ Morgan Harper Nicholls

You have to be ready to say no, often, to commit to your growth. Knowing your aspirations will make your journey clear

Staying aligned helps to conserve energy so ask:

“What do I want to do with my life?

What do I want my mind to feel like a decade from now?

What do I need to do now so that I can thrive later?”

When you make your goals a priority things become simpler – you know your direction.

Giving the greater share of your energy to your goals means there will be no confusion as to what truly matters

and what you are currently building.

~ extract from Clarity & Connection, Jung Pueblo