The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year. Like the Winter Solstice, it is a turning point, a time when I deliberate on my repetitive habits, the ways I limit myself and others as well as the times when I welcome magnificence!
I get curious about recent feedback or difficult communication with others as well as my own moments of irritation. How are these times mirrors reflecting when I stepped out of my Wise Self?
Discovering when my life really worked, the best times when I felt the most like me, stretching, speaking, acting on what matters most. How are these times reflecting my Wise Self?
Actively choosing mood is key to productive deliberation. Neuropsychologists found that participants who were experiencing a depressed mood chose significantly fewer positive words and more negative and neutral words to describe themselves, in comparison to participants who were not depressed.
Remembering what worked, and actively learning from the best of what happened, we can select more positive words and appreciative questions to set us up for the coming months.
As you reflect on this past year, here are a questions to consider -
Who is my Wise Self below my ups and down, busyness, reactions, or fears? What does she want to say? What is she inviting me into?
Where does my Wise Self inspire me to step into more leadership? Who am I when I am wise?
How did I step out of old limitations, or break up unproductive habit patterns?
What are the ways that I generously created a new future for myself and others?
Join me. Let’s celebrate together all that we are becoming and love our gentle souls who care so deeply about the world. Let’s applaud our dedication and willingness to risk, to write, to speak, and to reach out and touch…and be touched.
The Solstice is a time of great personal power. In times past, the people danced around bonfires to help increase their own and the sun’s energy. The sun is the furthest north for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, our half of the Earth is tilted toward the sun, and it’s the longest length of time between sunrise and sunset on this day. At this midway point, we honor the goddess of light as well as the goddess of darkness – their rich and fertile pathways run below our ordinary days.
This is a day for turning. A day to consciously join the delicious cycle of constant change – our natural ebb and flow, death and birth, weakness and strength, melancholy and elation. It’s a good time to have friends around, to be a good friend. It’s a time to give of your heart and warm the soul. It is a time to celebrate and ruminate – who you have been and who you are becoming.
Enjoy! Take a wild dance round the garden or go for a hike under the moonlight. Welcome your magnificence and shout it out to the world. I’ll see you there.