The summer solstice is the longest day of the year falling on 21st June 2023 and is the day with the longest period of sunlight. Today it falls at precisely 3.57pm in the UK. It officially marks the beginning of the astronomical summer with sunset at 9.22pm in London. The tilt of the Earth’s axis is closest to the sun and is positioned directly above the Tropic of Cancer. Traditionally, this period fell between planting and harvesting of crops, meaning those who worked the land had some time to relax - and often get married! The June solstice inspires festivals and midsummer celebrations around the world including bonfires, picnics, dancing and watching the sun rise and set. Find some ideas below to celebrate the summer solstice, along with details about a limited time offer for pay what you can distance Reiki.
1. Take some time to eat outside and tune into the wonders of nature. Listen to bird song, earth yourself by placing your feet on the ground, look up at the tree canopy and down at the daisies. Clear your mind by focussing on the beauty around you.
2. Start writing a gratitude journal. Each day think of five things you have been grateful for that day. This is a great way to switch negative thoughts to the positive and put yourself in a good frame of mind. You could be grateful for your garden and the bees, your heart that beats and the sun in the sky.
3. Set some summer resolutions. Have a think about what you would like to achieve throughout the summer months and write it all down. Remember to be realistic and keep them manageable. Commit, be flexible and track your progress.
4. Practice some sun salutations outside in the evening sun. This is a series of 12 yoga poses that link together for good health and wellbeing. Here's a good YouTube video guide to sun salutations: https://youtu.be/73sjOu0g58M.
5. Be present, be still, meditate. Love mother earth and be thankful for being here experiencing life.