“If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of Life would be my God” – Napoleon Bonaparte.
At the beginning of the year – January 1st to be exact – I decided to focus all my energy on all the positive goals that I wanted to manifest in my Life… I won’t tell you what they are – because like a secret told, the power of manifestation and affirmation can sometimes lose its power when shared – but I made a list of everything that my heart desired and then I took it one step further by creating a vision board.
My friend, Jackie (of TGIFGuide.com) and I at a New Year’s Eve Party
The night before my friend and I had attended a New Year’s Eve party and experienced a series of random events that I can only describe as “magical.” There was a sense of electric anticipation in the air that carried over into the next day and so it seemed like a perfect time to focus on all the things that we wanted – and to take productive steps to make those dreams come true.
However, the purpose of this post is not to reminisce over a day gone past but instead to focus on the halfway mark of the year, the “Summer Solstice” (Saturday, June 21st) – which is the longest day of the year (daylight hours are at a maximum and darkness is at a minimum) and officially the first day of summer – and what it means for “intentions” set at the beginning of the year.
#BellaSundayMeditation: “Summer Solstice: A Time for Patience”
Before I get to my point, I’ll use this quote from “Celebrating the Great Mother,” a book written by Cait Johnson, to familiarize you with the Summer Solstice and why it is so important. Johnson wrote about it so eloquently that I’d rather just use her description than attempt to write my own.
Summer is a festival of [the power] that makes abundance and nourishment grow from tiny seeds. The power that brings things to fulfillment, and expands and brightens our lives, that makes good things come from seed ideas and plans. And the warmth of the sun and the long, hot days continually remind us of how good it is to find a balance between intense activity and lazy, idle hours doing nothing.
Summer teaches us patience. The fruit is green until it’s ripe and you just can’t rush it. Something of the slow, sure rhythm of the time will enter into us if we let it; no, we can’t hurry things, but if we just relax and let go, things will reach their fullness without effort or ego’s striving on our part.
And as we watch the field baking in the heat, and feel the sun’s power to burn – as well as to bless – we can feel our own gifts, our own special abilities as they ripen and swell, and know that we, too, have the power to make a difference for growth or for destruction in the world… It is a time to mark peak moments, moments of warmth and growth. It is the time to invite fire into our lives fire to burn away all that we have outgrown and all that no longer serves us; fire that makes the wild things grow in us, for which our inner selves have longed.
Like Johnson said, summer is not a time to rush or hurry. It’s a time to let all of the work that you’ve put forth, reach its potential (naturally). I know this to be a fact because lately it seems that everything I highlighted in my vision board is showing signs of manifestation.
Whenever I start to doubt my purpose (even in the slightest instance), something will come along and show me that I am still on the right path. Over and over, I continuously find that my “intentions” are still working and preparing to be “harvested.” I continue to be presented with new opportunities (which will adequately prepare me for the winter)…
To me, summer is simply a time for rest, rejuvenation and celebration. Celebrate the anticipated wins that are to be expected as we move into the latter part of the year. Don’t doubt your path. All the steps and all your hard work have not been in vain… Continue to til the “land” (i.e. your dreams and desires), but also make time to enjoy Life’s simple pleasures. You’ll soon see your “fruit.” Just wait on it. #Namaste.