Today we celebrate the summer solstice, marking the beginning of summer, and the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s a beautiful day to take time to soak in the vibrant summer energy, connect more deeply with yourself, and celebrate all the ways your life is flourishing.
I know, I know. It’s Monday, you’re busy, you have things to do. But not taking time to honor this transition can cause unrest in the long run.
When we push through the day and jump from one thing to the next without pause, life becomes blurry, our inner cycles become out of alignment, and we feel overwhelmed. However, when we take time to honor and tune into nature, we’re able to tap back into ourselves, move forward with clarity, and live life to the fullest.
Tonight, we’re gathering for our Summer Solstice Retreat to hike, practice gentle yoga, ground ourselves with meditation, dive deep into meaningful conversations, and enjoy the space to reflect, dream, and play.
But sometimes you don’t have an entire evening (or even an hour) to retreat like we’ll be doing this evening. Sometimes you just need something really quick and simple.
Here are four simple yet meaningful rituals to help you harness the energy of the summer solstice:
- Acknowledge what’s really wonderful in your life. The summer solstice marks the beginning of summer and the season of fulfillment. Today, take inventory of where you feel really happy and full in your life. If it’s your relationships, job, home, or health, appreciate all of the ways your life is flourishing. Often our default is to focus on what needs to change, but this causes us to take things for granted. Instead, make the choice to celebrate all the ways in which your life is blossoming just like nature.
- Indulge in summer’s simple pleasures. Summer invites more joy, playfulness, and warmth into our daily rhythm, but when we’re busy we can have a tendency to skip over these simple pleasures. If it’s eating a juicy watermelon, doing yoga barefoot in the grass, going for a bike ride, or having dinner at the park, carve out time to enjoy a summer delicacy today!
- Watch the sunset. On the summer solstice, the sun reaches its peak. From this point forward, the days start to grow shorter and shorter again. Find a beautiful spot to watch the sunset and reflect on what has reached its peak in your life. What have you recently achieved or completed? What have you been too busy to celebrate? Take a moment to acknowledge your peak just like nature is acknowledging hers. If you’re in the bay area, it’s happening at 8:32pm tonight. Make sure to arrive several minutes before so you have time to get settled in.
- Connect to the moon. Every year we experience the summer solstice and every month the full moon. However, it’s once-in-a-lifetime special to experience them both on the same day. Acknowledge this and everything that’s extra special about life with a little moon bathing. Go outside, take several deep grounding breaths, and look up. Stare at the full moon, notice how bright it is, and receive its basking glow. Stay out there for more than just a few minutes. Really spend time outdoors under the moonlight, soaking it up and letting her permeate your cells!
That’s it, short and sweet! Choosing just one of the above ways to celebrate the summer solstice will bring you closer to yourself, nature, and the energy of summer.
With summer love,