Today marks the longest day of the year and the shortest night, also known as midsummer. We have come full circle from the journey started 6 months ago at the Winter Solstice. Take a moment today to celebrate!
You may be wondering… celebrate what? We often get lost in thinking that “celebrations” have to be huge milestones in life and in the process overlook the events that occur every day, I’m guilty of it myself. Solstice literally means “standing of the sun”; it’s quite humbling when I see it that way. I think, wow – if the strongest ball of fire in our solar system and can stand still then who am I to say “I’m too busy”.
We can connect with this milestone in the earth’s yearly cycle by taking a moment to stop, be still and reflect on our individual unique journey since the Winter Solstice. Summer brings with it a new season of food, movement and meditation to nourish “you”. Before you can bring in the new you must cleanse the old and create space.
Seasonal Karma Kleanse:
Partake in a cleansing ritual like the Karma Kleanse we performed on New Year’s, to let go, create space, and refocus.
Summer Solstice Meditation:
Reflect on what seeds you wish to energize to fruition and what you wish to incubate over the coming months. What lights your fire? What gets your creative juices flowing? What fuels your passion? Celebrate your outer journey and prepare to transfer your energy inwards over the second half of the year leading up to the winter solstice. Remember, the days will slowly begin to shorten after today.
Other questions to reflect on throughout this season. You can pose these questions during a meditation practice, write them in a journal, ask them first thing in the morning, or let them linger through daily activity. Asking the question alone energizes them so don’t search too hard for answers. Answers will rise in due time.
- What has gone well?
- Who has helped me and how can I show my gratitude to them?
- Which seeds have failed to germinate and how would I do things differently to ensure success next time?
- What do I want to nurture and develop in myself over the coming months?
- What lights my fire, what turns me on and what do I desire?
- How do I express my creative energy? How do I feed my creative fire and what is its fuel?
- How can I shine my light out in to the world? How do I give and receive love? How do I bring warmth, nourishment and passion in to my relationship with both myself and others?
- Which obstacles would I like to burn away and what needs cleansing and purifying by fire?
- How do I honor, direct, and constructively channel my righteous anger? Can my fiery side ever be destructive to myself or others?
The energy of the summer sun and longer days encourage us to be outside and play. It’s the season of marathons, triathlons, competitions, and more. It’s easy to get carried away with the expansive energy of summer so take time to bring yourself down to earth with a simple grounding yoga pose, Tadasana, Mountain Pose. Stand still, feet together, and take 5 deep breaths. Inhale; draw the breath up from the earth and to the top of the head. Exhale, release any lingering thoughts and tension leaving behind fresh energy.
Each season brings with it unique fruits, veggies, and recipes that support our bodies in thriving during shift in climate and energetic needs. Find out what’s in season in your local region here.
My top 10 favorite summer fruits and veggies that I’m looking forward to are:
- Summer squash
- Fresh Garlic
Enjoy this wonderful season ahead. What are you looking forward to? Post to comments…
[author] [author_image timthumb='on']http://nutritionize.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Profile-Pic-198×300.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Ritu is a Holistic Health Coach /Corporate Meditator/ Yoga therapist blending together her life’s lessons around food, movement and meditation to deliver a unique approach to optimal well-being. [/author_info] [/author]