The Summer Solstice, occurring on June 20 of this year at 6:34 PM ET, marks the longest day of the year as midsummer arrives in the Northern Hemisphere and the amount of daylight reaches its peak. This completes the cycle that started from the last Winter Solstice.
Sol refers to “the sun” in Latin while sistere means “to stand still.” The word Solstice, then, can be interpreted as “the standing of the sun.”
This is the time of year when we can truly embrace the fiery energy inside of ourselves. During this time and over the coming summer months, feeling the energetic connection we have to the sun will encourage us to celebrate it for being the greatest source of light and energy that supports all of life on Earth.
Here are just a few suggested ways you can celebrate the Summer Solstice this year.
Sun salutations (Sura Namaskar) are at the heart of many yoga practices and are performed with the intention of honoring the sun. Traditionally, this dynamic asana sequence was meant to be performed in the early morning hours and on an empty stomach.
Keeping the breath flowing along from one movement to the next as part of the sequence is very important. If you would like to see exactly how to perform a sun salutation, watch the video below from Brooklyn Yoga School to get a full walkthrough of the entire sequence.
A solar meditation is meant to be performed by connecting with your Solar Plexus Chakra, which is the third Chakra found directly above your belly button. This Chakra represents your energetic center for power, confidence, and self-esteem.
As you bring your awareness to your abdomen, your breathing fuel will fuel it with warmth and power to help you build strength and balance. Try following this short, 4-minute Solar Plexus Chakra Meditation provided by Aura Cacia to really tap into your inner strength and power.
Farmers Market Fun
As crops begin to fully ripen, midsummer typically marks the height of farmers market season across much of the United States and Canada. Farmers market destinations in most towns and cities become charged with the energy and enthusiasm of vendors, volunteers and the general public from the community and beyond.
Make an effort to head out every week or so to your local farmers market so you can fuel up on farm fresh produce that’s in season. To find a farmers market near you, consider referring to the USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory so you can perform a search for your location.
Take a moment to look back on your journey since the Winter Solstice and ask yourself how you wish to stoke the fire inside of you with some kind of outdoor adventure or challenge. It could be something as simple as learning how to cast a fishing rod if you’ve never done it before, or something as daring as going remote camping somewhere off the grid.
Challenge yourself to host a big backyard barbecue with all your friends and family, or conquer your fear of deep water by planning a trip to the beach and treading in an area where your feet can’t reach the floor. Let your personal power and confidence guide you.
However you choose to celebrate the arrival of summer and the days leading up to the Autumnal Equinox once again, remember to relax, let go, and have fun. After all, having fun really is the only thing you need to do to celebrate something.
Photo (edited) via Riley Kaminer