It’s that time of year…

Where the rise and setting of the sun appear to stop and reverse direction which makes the Solstice the longest day of sunlight hours. Thereon after, we are now approaching the second half of the year and the winter Solstice.

The interpretation of the summer solstice has varied among cultures, but there has always been a strong recognition of its importance across cultures and traditions. The Solstice has long been celebrated with festivals or rituals that revolve around fire and fertility. Fire is used as an important symbolism of the sun’s energy, power and radiance. Fire is a catalyst for change and transformation and allows for purification it is associated with willpower, courage and strength. Fire can represent our spark of imagination, the burning of passion and desire which can be generated within you and inspire your actions.

Druids celebrating solstice

Taking time to stop and reflect right now is a great way to align ourselves with nature.  It is an auspicious and fruitful time of the year to take stock and re-sharpen our focus on nurturing our intentions and developing those aspects of our lives that need attention. You can create your own summer solstice ritual. Sit quietly and take a moment to breathe and meditate and reflect upon the first half of your year and contemplate your intentions for the rest of the year.  Fuel your intentions by lighting a candle. Try creating for yourself affirmations that start with either:

I am purging…

I am purifying…

or I am igniting…

It’s been fantastic being on this detox and yoga retreat in Norfolk with the lovely AdventureYogi guests whom have all been taking time to re-set their intentions by reconnecting with nature, having snoozy afternoons, treating  themselves with massages and reflexology, nourishing their bodies with healthy superfoods and of course practising plenty of yoga and meditation.

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