the coming of the light: honoring summer solstice

Summer solstice is upon us! The day with the most light / longest day (and therefore the least amount of darkness/ shortest night) of the year. 

Solstice is traditionally a time of honoring the fertility of the earth and the sun’s blessing of warmth and light. Solstice is a time to celebrate the light of consciousness within ourselves and within each and every person and reflect upon the potential for consciousness to achieve its own awakening. The progress of the sun throughout the year symbolizes the journey of attaining enlightenment and the solstice is the apex with the day with the most light. It symbolizes the process of ascension found in many great spiritual teachings- the triumph of light over darkness in the individual and the return to wholeness. 

...a beautiful shot of the sun beginning to set from the summit of Sulpher Mountain, Banff, AB.   

The word "solstice" comes from the Latin word "solstitium": from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop), making it the perfect time to stop and acknowledge how far you’ve come and set your intentions for what you want to create! A great way to do this is to use a journal or a couple sheets of paper and one of them, write down a sentence that describes where you are. Here also capture the things that consume your time, thoughts and energy. On the next page, write down a sentence that describes where you want to be. Capture details about what you want, what this feels and looks like. Then compare the two pages to flesh out the changes required to make the desired evolution come to fruition. On a third page, write down your intention/ action plan on how to get there.  Create your roadmap toward the desired. 

Vrschikasana (Scorpion Pose) at sunset...Vrschikasana, a very challenging pose (take your time with this one and have an instructor guide/ help you! This is one that you build up to!), is the perfect asana for Solstice for the way it opens the heart allowing all that beautiful light to flood in and because it is such a challenging inversion, it requires that you move beyond ego and embrace possibility that we otherwise may not believe exists. So truly, the light must conquer the dark for this pose to be available; don't you just love that?!?! In my practice, I am very much a work in progress with Vrschikasana, building up to with through the foundation Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Balance).  Photo Credit: Red Bubble

Also, solstice is an AWESOME day for sun salutations! What better day of the year to pay homage to Mother Nature and the beauty of the light of day than the day that has the most?! If your curious about sun salutations, you can read all about them here

...one of my favourite days last summer, celebrating the hours of sunshine that came after a rainy morning in Tofino, BC. 

I hope you'll join us here at The Light Side in taking a moment for you today. To stop, pause and reflect as well as celebrate this magical day. We'll be celebrating solstice this evening at Junction 9 for the Solstice Workshop with Kael Klassen; its an evening of guided journaling, connection, conversation and yoga nidra to celebrate how far we've come and refine where we are going! Details here

Hope to see you there! 

In Love & Light, 

.cjd