Today is the longest day of the year here in the northern hemisphere.
It’s summer solstice! Yay!
Summer solstice for me means a new beginning. Well, not just for me, but for the Universe too. IT IS a new beginning for nature and we are part of nature. This day was anciently called
This day was anciently called Lytha and used to be very much celebrated with fires, flowers, music, dancing, and prayers. It was a celebration of nature and the sun being at their maximum power. The sun from today will be turning a little further from the earth until Yule, winter solstice, the darkest day of the year when it will begin to get closer once more.
People are now so disconnected from nature, it is so sad. Nature was once celebrated as a God, as it is a God. It’s THE God.
I love summer. I love all seasons but summer has a special place in my heart. The combination of long days, warm nights, sleeping with the windows opened, wearing light and loose dresses, walking around the house bare feet without having them turned into an icicle sets me free. And the beach! The beach! Most of all I love summer because I can be in nature half naked and I can swim in open air, at the lake.
Lately, I’ve been a real wreck, though.
Ever since my mom came to live with me I’ve had difficulties in finding a new rhythm. My mom is a woman of a certain age and she had to change her life completely. Which I guess is not really easy for some, especially if older. So I’ve let her have things her own way as much as I could in order to make her at ease here and suffer the transition as little as possible. But we’re very different people who lived distant for much of their lives and developed opposite habits. Having to live in ways so different from my own had got me tired and with a certain feeling of heaviness both in mind and body.
My yoga practice has been very scarce, for example. The house is small and you need quietness to practice. Same as for meditation. I used to meditate 20 minutes twice a day and now it’s just five minutes here and there, with no schedule whatsoever.
I am not a creature of habit but I do need to keep a certain rhythm to function well. To keep my demons at the gate.
It’s been more difficult lately, and more than once they’ve been able to get inside, all together, and have a party with my brain. Over the years I have learned how to push them back and get well again pretty quickly, but this is why I need practice and discipline.
I’m not eating as healthy as I used to eat and this does something to my mind too, naturally. This and the fact that I am not moving as I once did has awarded me with a lot of extra weight.
But today it’s summer solstice and it’s the perfect day to begin again.
New beginnings require a celebration, a ritual! This is what I’ll do.
At noon, when the sun is at his highest point, I’ll do a series of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations). Then, after Shavasana (relaxation), I’ll give myself a full dry body brush and a body scrub to eliminate stagnantly fluids and to peel off old skin. This is something I’ve been doing for a long time and it works wonders for the circulation and the glow of the skin. I use a brush very similar to this one and Himalayan salts like these ones. I do all with as many lit candles as I have, all around the house. Rituals don’t require much, it’s the intentions you set and the power you give them that makes the difference.
Tomorrow will be a new day and I’ll be following my naturals rhythm, allowing myself to come back to me.
Happy Lytha! Happy summer solstice!