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
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