By Angeleigh Khoo
Around the world, many celebrate the Summer Solstice, which falls on 21 June this year, with bonfires, music, dancing and midsummer festivals. After all, it is the longest day of the year, and the extended daylight just beckons that we slip off our shoes, walk barefoot on the grass and celebrate the sun – that wondrous source of power that feeds our existence here on earth. Like the harvest that farmers reap from the saplings they nurtured through winter and spring, the solstice is when we benefit from the seeds we planted in our lives during the earlier months.
It is believed that the solar energy is at its highest during the Summer Solstice, and it is thus the ideal time to put intentions into action, and to make the choices that are in alignment with our beliefs. Whether you prefer to pause and reflect on your abundance or to let your hair down and dance in the sunshine, here are five ways to celebrate the longest, most energetically powerful day of the year.
The Summer Solstice is when our creativity is at its peak, so take the chance to pursue artistic or creative interests, especially if it’s something you have been putting off for awhile. Watch a play, attend a concert, paint, make jewellery, play music, write, or finally sign up for that dance class you have been meaning to for months.
This is the best time to bask in the warmth of the sun’s energy, and what better way than to spend time outdoors? Go for a long walk in the park, pack a picnic to enjoy on the grass, or put on your bathing suit and go swimming in the sea.
Meditate and reflect. The solstice is the doorway to the second part of the year, towards darker days urging that we slow down and nest. This is therefore the perfect opportunity to pause and reflect on the bounty we have reaped from the seeds we planted in the earlier months, and to redirect our focus towards intentions we have yet to manifest.
Practise surya bedhana pranayama (right nostril breathing) to awaken energy both in our physical and the energetic bodies. This pranayama energises our pingala nadi, the sun channel of our body that encourages creativity and expression.
Align your energy with the sun by practising sun salutations. Set the alarm to wake at sunrise, face east and let your breath guide you through the poses.