Summer Solstice DAY 1/3: Time to Play!
Now is the time of Summer Solstice when the sun reaches its zenith and seemingly stands still for three days. For the next three days I’ll share reflections and ways to embody the energies of this Solar Gate.
This year Summer Solstice is exact on June 21 at 8:54am PDT. It’s probably the Holy Day I least resonate with in the Wheel of the Year. It’s loud, extroverted, intense, extreme, dramatic - like the guy blaring his radio on the beach…the teenage girls gabbing and laughing excitedly on their phones…the rowdy kids jumping and screaming in the pool…the chaos of life in action!
What I’m realizing (with the help of my budding toddler) is this: if I can let go of my desire for control and join in the play and fun, I’m energized rather than annoyed and frustrated by it all.
And really, the resistance doesn’t always just melt away on its own like ice cream on a hot summer day. Sometimes, we really have to make a choice to approach ourselves and our lives differently. And sometimes, the best medicine is to laugh rather than work - even if we’d rather be overly serious and hard on ourselves or others. It’s up to us - make drama or enjoy the play, participate in the power struggles or find a way to connect, go with the seasons or fight them.
For truly, to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose, under heaven.
This is a time to play, laugh, jump and scream - to “shake shake shake your sillies out, clap clap clap your crazies out, jump jump jump your jiggles out, jog jog jog your jitters out, stretch stretch stretch your stretchies out, and wiggle your waggles away!”
I challenge you to PLAY - to turn on a silly kid song, clap, dance, laugh and have fun - especially if you resist it! “Shake Your Sillies Out!” is an excellent song and dance.
Go for it, sunbeams. Let loose a little and love your life BIG time!
P.S. Stay tuned tomorrow for a post on the integration after the peak of light and play, as we make our turn towards shorter days and longer nights with each passing day…