In our discussion about seasons this month I’ve been thinking about what’s coming up on Monday, the summer solstice. The summer solstice is when several things happen. First, we get the longest day of the year, in other words the day with the most light. The second thing is that the summer solstice is the day that the sun appears highest in the sky. Third, it’s the official start to summer. Finally, the solstice is when the sun actually comes to a stop and reverses direction so the seasons change. Cool right?
In some ways the summer solstice is a day of celebration for me, because it marks the official beginning of the summer months and means lots of warm and sunny days. But it’s also a reminder that we’re heading back towards winter, with cold days and dark nights, which is not my favorite season.
The word solstice is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still). If I know anything, it’s that we all need some sun and light in our lives and how important it is to take time for reflection. No, it’s not healthy to be out in the sun day in and day out without protection because of the likelihood of getting cancer(s), but there are lots of important aspects to sunlight that are essential for our health and well-being, and can’t be ignored. It’s one reason that seasonal affective disorder exists, because most of us can’t live without sunlight.
Summer is a great time to get out early or stay out late and do some meditating and reflecting, or just relaxing and slow down from your usually busy schedule. If the sun, which keeps all of us alive, makes it a point to stop every 6 months, I believe we can all find the time at least weekly to stop and just take a break. I’m ready to enjoy the solstice and the summer, are you?