Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

“Each solstice is a domain of experience unto itself. At the Summer Solstice, all is green and growing, potential coming into being, the miracle of manifestation painted large on the canvas of awareness. At the Winter Solstice, the wind is cold, trees are bare and all lies in the stillness beneath blankets of snow.” — Gary Zukav

Our spiritual energies peak during the Spring Equinox, but we feel it most when we reap the rewards several months later during the Summer Solstice. This is the time of year when we get to really celebrate and be grateful for the light of consciousness in ourselves and in everyone/everything else around us.

On this first day of summer, the sun lingers in the sky the longest all year as it ushers in the warmest season before slowly declining back into darkness day after day. By honoring the Summer Solstice, we remind ourselves just how special and fleeting each and every day really is.

If you're sure you want to make this summer an unforgettable one, work on aligning yourself with the spiritual significance on the season by doing the following.

Fuel Your Inner Fire

Summer is the time to embrace all the light, love, and power that’s stirring within you. First, look toward your diet. According to Ayurveda, summer is pitta season, which controls the metabolism and can lead to overheating when there’s an imbalance with pitta.

You’ll want to incorporate seasonal foods into your diet that are primarily sweet, bitter, and astringent while avoiding foods that are spicy, overly pungent, and loaded with salt. Some of the best foods to include in your diet that help balance pitta include leafy greens, cucumber, coconut, watermelon, cantaloupe, cilantro, parsley, yogurt, and milk.

Reflect and Act

Rather than beginning a new flow of energy, the arrival of summer marks a time to reflect on the spiritual renewal you experienced in the spring and determine whether your behaviors and actions align with your new beliefs and values. Now is the time to take the right course of action and develop your personal integrity.

Before you can act, you’ll have to turn inward. Ask yourself if there are things you're doing that don’t line up with what your heart knows is right. Consider meditating on these questions or journaling about them to help organize your thoughts and come up with the appropriate action steps to take.

Cool Off

There’s a higher risk of overheating and burning out in the summer as you try to act upon what your heart is calling you to do. Although you may feel energized enough and inspired to really ramp up your yoga practice, consider toning the intensity down by about 25 percent or so while placing more emphasis on cooling poses like puppy pose, camel pose, cobra pose, and fish pose.

Try going to bed a little later — as late as 11pm or so — when the heat of the day has had time to dissipate. Moisturizing with coconut oil at the end of each day will keep your body cool and hydrated while dabbing drops of sandalwood essential oil along your temples and pulse points twill help balance out excess pitta.

Above all, remember to be mindful of what you’re feeling as you embark on your summer adventures. It can be all too easy to get swept away by all the excitement that's happening around you, so making a habit of checking in with yourself regularly will really serve you on your journey toward greater personal growth.