According to the stars, the first day of summer is Sunday, June 21st. This is the longest day of the year and provides 12 hours of sunlight. The summer solstice is seen by many cultures as a defining spiritual point in the year. In ancient China, it was used to celebrate yin qualities. The Greeks marked it as the first day of a New Year while the Vikings used it as a time for deep meditation.
Regardless of your ideology or mindset, the summer solstice provides a way to reconnect with the energy of the world and gain insight into your own journey. Here are some of the steps you can take to achieve this.
Complete 108 Sun Salutations
This is a traditional practice which is believed to both honor the unique rhythm of nature while also activating the energy from the sun. Sun Salutations refer to “Surya Namaskar '' and were used to bring in a new day. The literal meaning is to link breath with motion in a constant flow. As such, 108 sun salutations are both physically challenging as well as a fantastic workout for your cardiovascular system.
The number 108 is significant and sacred for a variety of reasons. It appears in ancient texts and mala beads used by people to meditate have 108 beads. 108 also equals 9 in numerology which symbolizes love, eternity and awakening.
108 Sun Salutations can be completed on the morning of the Summer Solstice by taking a position outdoors and facing the east.
You may also want to meditate on the summer solstice. Do this by sitting outside being surrounded by nature. While you can meditate indoors, it is a great opportunity to reconnect with nature. Meditation can help you assess your progress through the year and determine whether you are on the right path while also being thankful for what you have gained. It allows you to be mindful of all the good in your life and can provide the inspiration you need to look inwards.
The Summer Solstice is the perfect time to celebrate the time that you have taken to nurture your own wellbeing while continuing to explore how to move forward through the rest of the year.
Gain A Physical Connection To The World
The Summer Solstice is one of the best times in the year to ensure that you are physically connected to the natural world. One of the ways that you can do this is by walking around barefoot outdoors. You will feel the energy of the earth flow through you if you take this step. If you are not comfortable walking around completely barefoot you can wear Tucketts grip socks so that your toes remain free and provide you with the contact you need to the earth. Don’t forget, Tucketts are also perfect for practicing yoga outdoors.
As you can see, there are a variety of steps you can take to celebrate the Summer Solstice and gain incredible benefits of reconnecting your spirit to the natural world.