The most ancient traditions have celebrated the summer solstice and honored this, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. From India to Egypt to Europe, somewhere in your lineage there were those that celebrated the abundance of the summer solstice. But since the invention of electricity, we’ve largely lost the connection with the natural cycles of the sun, moon and earth.
It is rare these days to hear of celebrations that honor this cycle of the sun, but here are some great ideas to get you started.
1. Go Outside
The Summer Solstice gives us the longest day of the year, so why not take advantage of all the sunshine and get outdoors. You can go on a hike through the woods or mountains. Go for a swim in a nearby lake or pool. Lay in the grass and watch the clouds form into imaginary beings. You can even collect flowers, sticks and rocks to make a mandala or weave the flowers into a crown. Slow down and soak up the rays.
2. Eat Fresh Vegetables and Fruits
The amazing process of photosynthesis has created an abundant array of brightly colored fruits and vegetables. Why not get to the farmers market and take in one of the miracle processes of the earth. You can make a delicious meal and invite friends over for a picnic. The summer solstice tastes so good!
3. Practice Gratitude
Stop and smell the roses. This time of the year gives us a great opportunity to be thankful for everything in our life. Wake up in the morning and set an intention to be thankful for the day. When you have an intention to be thankful, you’ll start to see your day in a whole new light. Take the time to let the people in your life know how much you appreciate them.
What kind of celebration can you have without some dancing? Gather some friends, build a bonfire and dance the night away. Or make some new friends and look for a drum circle or dancing circle in your area. And even if you’re on your own, let your body loose and enjoy being alive.
5. Get on Your Yoga Mat
June 21st also marks the International Day of Yoga. I don’t think there is any coincidence that the most popular yoga asanas are the sun salutations, lining up the summer solstice with the Day of Yoga. Why not join together with thousands around the world this day to saluting the sun for all the life it gives.
6. Connect your Menstrual Cycle to the Earth’s Cycle
I couldn’t end this post without saying one of my favorite ways to honor the earth, sun, moon and all of the cycles that they go through. I’ve found that my menstrual cycle has been a portal to understanding the cycles of the earth within my own body. In menstrual terms the summer solstice would be the peak of ovulation. The point in which we are most fertile. Spend some time tracking your menstrual cycle over a few months and you’ll start to see the connections too.
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Here’s to wishing you a blessed solstice!