What are you going to do on the longest day of the year? The Summer Solstice marks the official beginning of Summer. The name comes from the Latin solstitium meaning ‘sun stands still’. It is the day with the most hours of sunlight because the sun’s path (from Earth’s perspective) comes to a stop before it reverses direction.
Many cultures celebrate this day as it symbolizes renewal, fertility and harvest. This is a promising time to honor the sun and give notice to nature’s gifts and the present moment. While the Summer Solstice is a celebration of the sun lengthening it’s daily show for us, it is also the day when all days after get shorter. After the Summer Solstice the light and dark slowly begin to balance into Equinox and then fade into Winter Solstice (the shortest day of the year).
What to do on the Summer Solstice (June 21th 2015)
Celebrating the Summer Solstice is done just by connecting with nature.
Yoga for Summer Solstice
Try one these yoga practices to honor the Summer Solstice: (via Yoga Journal)
However you choose to recognize the Summer Solstice, we hope it’s done with a grateful heart and acknowledgement of the Sun’s rhythm with Earth. "Honoring the solstice can remind us just how precious each day and season is, because the truth of its passing away is also acknowledged. Gifts need to be appreciated, not taken for granted,” says Grove Harris in her article The Spiritual Meaning of Summer Solstice.
Find your rhythm in the sun and let your let shine!
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