A few weeks ago, I posted a little love note to you about how I crave SOLITUDE and how it is my intention moving forward to follow Mother Nature’s lead and begin to live my life slowly and simply.
This weekend with the arrival of the Summer Solstice, a New Moon and a Solar Eclipse, it feels like the perfect time to celebrate this new energy!
The arrival of Summer and the longest day of the year energizes, refreshes and renews my spirit and I feel alive. When the sun does shine, it blazes strong and bright and everything feels on fire, ignited and celebratory!
Even the introvert within me wants to celebrate!
- I want to light my fire!!
- Not on the dance floor I might add!
- I want to celebrate my own inner fire.
- I want to acknowledge and celebrate everything I have accomplished in the last year.
I want to celebrate choosing me!
How am I going to celebrate?
I’m going to light a fire at precisely 10:43pm on Saturday in my back garden!
If it rains - and with me living in Scotland there’s a good chance that it will - I’ll light a candle and reflect in silence, giving gratitude to all those things my inner fire helped me accomplish this year.
Note, there may also be some marshmallows and red wine on the go too.
Actually, there’s no might’s about it – this is a celebration after all!
I will also let go of all the things I didn’t get done. These thoughts will be reduced to ashes. I worked hard, I survived a pandemic, I did my best and that was enough.
I will also acknowledge that with every new beginning there has to be an end – just like the seasons.
The days following on from the Summer Solstice will start growing shorter again as the northern hemisphere begins to tilt away once more from the sun.
This, alongside the possibility of rain dampening my celebration on Saturday, could make me feel sad. However, I will remember that the sun will be reborn again at the Winter Solstice and the cycle of growth and renewal will begin all over again.
And so, it is only right that I celebrate these endings too!
As I acknowledge and celebrate the year that has gone by, I can also give thanks for the growth it brought me and I can let it go now into the burning flames – its purpose complete.
If I wish, I can reflect deeper to see if there are any other aspects of my life that are no longer serving me that need to succumb to the flames also.
As the evening ends and all that is left are the embers of my fire, I will use the energy of Summer to invite new energy into my life.
- What does my life look like now that it is reduced to ashes?
- What rich new life can take root now?
- What can I create?
- What transformation will come as this phoenix rises from the ashes?
My friend I invite you to join me in this celebration.
Don’t worry, I don’t mean literally in my back garden – after all some of us are still in lockdown!!
I invite you to celebrate with me from the fire in your own heart – to connect together this Summer Solstice as a global community in whatever way you choose.
You too may wish to reflect on the last year and on the year to come …… just think it will be like New Year all over again but slightly warmer!
This Summer Solstice let us join together and use the flames of summer to burn away our divisions, disconnects and differences and celebrate endings, new beginnings, oneness, community, and love.
I hope you can join me. If not, I hope you will feel my love and radiant light on Saturday night!