Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice in New York, Union Square

The days are long; the years are short. And this time of year, the days are getting longer, but still the years still go by in bright flash, if you’re lucky. I find right now a good time to remind myself that wishing minutes, hours, and days away is hardly how I want to live my life. Do you ever find yourself doing that? I do. I do it less now, but it’s something I’m guilty of. Waking in the morning, eating breakfast, working throughout the day, just kind of doing my thing until I can eat dinner and go to bed. It’s not mindful living, and it’s not really fun. I’m not finding the joy that exists in each moment. So, I’m reminding myself that right now is the time to savor each golden, sun soaked or rain drenched moment. The light is green gold, and I don’t want to WANT to wish a minute of it away.

How lucky I am – and you are!- to be alive right now for this time of year, as we approach the Summer Solstice. This June 21st is the longest day of the year. It’s a magical, long day. One worth honoring and celebrating. And it’s an ideal time to renew a vow to myself that I will stop living in the future, regretting the past, avoiding the present and start living this moment. Right now. Now is all I have.

The summer solstice is a time of celebration and of honoring light and the bounty of the Earth. It’s a time to remember our love of nature and honor Earth’s beauty. A time to renew our vows to ourselves to be happy. That’s our job – find happiness in our day-to-day lives.

Here’s something that Cait Johnson and Maura D. Shaw wrote about the Summer Solstice that I find inspiring, from Celebrating the Great Mother:

“Summer is a celebration of the Earth’s incredible bounty… Summer is a festival of this inner fire/power, the power that makes abundance and nourishment grow from tiny seeds.”

“The power that brings things to fulfillment, and expands and brightens our lives, that makes good things come from seed–ideas and plans. And the warmth of the sun and the long, hot days continually remind us of how good it is to find a balance between intense activity and lazy, idle hours doing nothing.”

“Summer teaches us patience. The fruit is green until it’s ripe and you just can’t rush it. Something of the slow, sure rhythm of the time will enter into us if we let it; no, we can’t hurry things, but if we just relax and let go, things will reach their fullness without effort or ego–striving on our part.”

This year, especially now, let’s all enjoy every bite of life. We’re here for a reason. Find joy in that reason. This is my Summer Solstice wish.

 

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About the Author: Tania Van Pelt is the creator of Happiness Series. She is a writer and content creator, working in film, tv, and online. She wrote the popular lifestyle book "Ageless Diet," published in late 2015. And she is currently working on her next book. She also developed a sitcom pilot set in the restaurant business called "Employees Only TV" and is developing another web series comedy about Denver.

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