I am starting to come full circle. It was about a year ago that I embarked on a time away from work, and away from noise. A time to go deeper into myself, and to teach others how to do the same.
One of the biggest and most surprising gifts of this time has been this opportunity to connect with nature. This connection wasn't something I purposefully set out to experience. But living by the patterns of the seasons, sun, and moon has brought me back to basics in the most necessary way. I now believe that a connection with nature is essential for growth and healing.
Tomorrow (June 21, 2022) we experience another shift in nature, the summer solstice. Read on to learn what the summer solstice is, and how you can connect to it for growth and healing.
What is a Solstice?
Solstices are a planet's longest and shortest days of the year. The longest day marks the beginning of summer and is called the summer solstice. The shortest day marks the beginning of winter and is called the winter solstice. This is different from the Autumn and Spring Equinoxes, when the amount of sun and darkness is at an equal amount.
The origin of the word Solstice is Latin. "Sol" meaning "sun", and "Stice" meaning "standing still". The sun is either standing still the longest, or the shortest amount of time in the sky.
Solstices and equinoxes usher in different seasons depending on the hemisphere in which you live. Right now, here in the Northern Hemisphere, we are beginning our Summer Solstice.
Connecting with the Summer Solstice
We typically take a more laid-back approach to life in the summer, reveling in the longer days and warmer weather. Here are some ideas to kick-off your summer season:
Make plans for enjoyment and adventure.
Since we are now halfway through 2022, take time to check in on your yearly goals.
Adjust those goals, or make new ones, as necessary.
Remind yourself everyday that summer is a time to slow down and relax.
Summer feels like a time when we're more open to connection with others. Make plans with old and new friends while you're in the mood.
I hope your summer season is filled with all of these things and more, and I hope to connect with you at a JFY virtual yoga class or workshop!