The Summer Solstice marks the turning of the seasons and for us in the northern hemisphere, the return of the light.
“As we emerge out of the spring—where we were in a period of renewal, birthing new ideas, and shedding the icy layers of the shadow months—we slowly grow into summer, a time of manifestation and the ripening of the fruit.”
So, while the extra daylight hours may seem like an excellent excuse to indulge in an extra spritz or two, remember that it’s an even better time to set intentions and make goals for the rest of the year.
Which brings me to our next challenge (this time I am going to also offer a free training webinar!) which is either going to be focused on intention setting and activating your dream life, or grounding, energy clearing and connecting to nature to soothe your soul..
A handful of experts shared some of their favorite rituals with Vogue Magazine. These are my faves:
Watching the sun come up is a powerful reminder of nature’s cycles—the ones we so often take for granted. “Wake up early with the sun. Watch her rise,” recommends Lisa Levine of the Brooklyn healing center Maha Rose. “When the sun is low in the sky, you can stare into her. Fill your eyes and your body with her light.”
“Give thanks for the sun, for the light of the sun, for the life that comes from the sun,” recommends Levine. “Write the sun a love letter: ‘Thank you, light, for the life you give to the plants, the animals, and to me.” Next, show gratitude to yourself, too. “Take the time to honor your own inner light and it’s expansion over your shadows, and hold gratitude for your recent journey,” advises Mikaelah. “Remembering that honoring the quiet times of transition in between is just as valuable to our self-care as doing the work, and that not every flower in the garden blooms at the same time.”
Check In With Yourself
Mikaelah also says that the solstice is a chance to reflect on projects or ideas that have been sizzling in the pot since spring.
“Energetically, it’s a great time for a check-in. Take the time to ask yourself, ‘What progress has been made on my dreams?’ and ‘Have I been doing my part to make them come into fruition?’ The fruit is ripening soon, and we want to pick it off the branch when it’s at its peak.”
Unleash Your Spirit
“The summer solstice is our annual opportunity to take advantage of the abundance of light that can help us release burdens, doubts, and fears, so we can become just a little freer,” explains Kim Krans of The Wild Unknown. “The most basic way to honor the sun is to be in it—soak it up, sing, dance, or create,” Krans says. Mikaelah agrees: “This is a great time of year to dive into your inner child: Does it have any messages of wisdom for you? Perhaps a reminder to never lose sight of the magic in each day. And my personal favorite message: Remember to play.”
And some advice from Mystic Mamma on this day (how appropriate!!) is to "focus on the light"...
Light a candle and simply hold a prayer for peace in your heart. Visualize our planet surrounded by white light.
Take a moment on this day to *Focus* on the *light*
Give yourself a *LIGHT* bath. Visualize a large body of LIGHT surrounding you, bright white light enveloping you in its splendor, see this light beaming from you and all around you as you feel your entire body, all your subtle bodies, enveloped in all this healing white light.
Whatever way you can envision it and feel it, go with it. Allow your own unique way or method to emerge. Your intuition will guide you.
Visualize our beautiful Earth in a ball of white light, surrounded by it, glowing with it. All living things, freed by its lightness. Remember the *LIGHT*
Observe the single flickering flame. See the Spirit of the Flame, the Spirit of Fire, dancing its Spirit dance.
Thank it for its Light. See Spirit before you. Your own reflection.
Thank you and a million thank you's, sending waves of light flowing to you from Source ~infinite ~eternal ~all encompassing ~love ~nurturing love ~healing love ~right to your heart ~virtual hugs ~acceptance, tears, understanding, all of it ~it’s ok ~love is here."
Check out what she had to say here: http://www.mysticmamma.com/solstice-light/
For the full Vogue article, go here: