By cwhyte, Jun 10 2019 06:18PM
Like the Winter Solstice, this is a time for reflection and day dreaming. It's our longest day, our shortest night, with the strength of the Summer yet to come and yet it marks the start of the waning of the year. Because of this, focusing on healing that is transformational rather than cleansing is super effective.
In December I urged you dream your future into being. This time of year can be too dazzling for dreaming. Instead, now is a time to see ourselves clearly, to let the brightest light shine on ourselves and to be brave in allowing ourselves reflection with total honesty. Litha is a time of transformation.
Over the coming week, make time to be alone with your thoughts. It doesn't need to be long, just 20 minutes will do. Drink water, get comfortable- or walk if you prefer.
For the first couple of minutes just focus on your breathing for a short while. This is simple meditation. Don't worry if thoughts keep cropping up, set them aside for a short time and just think about breathing in and out.
When you feel ready, let yourself think about something that you're working on, a project or goal. You might be saving for something, studying or learning something new, trying to have a child, working toward a job or promotion, getting fitter; or you may be aiming at just coping with daily life, facing the end of something difficult, grieving, waiting for feelings of happiness to return. Whatever you're working on, turn your attention to it and ask yourself: Do the things I do really help me get where I'm going?
Return to the breathing exercise whenever you need to refocus, then when you're ready ask yourself: Is this goal still what you want to do?
Not what you are supposed to do, or what you have to do, is this what you want? It might be that you started down this path some time ago and situations have altered and you find that, no the course you are on, no longer fits you. It may be that, yes you are still committed. You may even realise that you just don't know.
In that instant of acknowledging yes, no , I don't know, you will have felt a spark of emotion and this is the key to this exercise.
Whether you are relieved, glad, sad, angry or dismayed; just sit with it a moment.
Know that you are allowed to feel that way. Know that our emotions are connected to our story and act as flags to make us aware of our truest beliefs.
Know that you are here, in this position, because of your actions and reactions to everything life has thrown at you. You've earned the right to feel the way you do.
If you feel shame it is because you care, if you feel angry it's because you care, if you feel relief it is because you care for and value yourself.
You are full of love and are loveable.
As you finish up with more breathing focus, let the sun and heat soak in (or the cool breeze if you prefer), know that you are loved and accepted. Know it like you know how to breathe. Feel yourself wrapped in a cocoon blanket of love. Imagine your favourite soft drink or food, promise yourself that next time you drink it you'll remember this feeling of love and drink that in with it.
Think again about your path. How do you feel now about your decision?
The two Solstices are transformational times. They are also time for community and being with people who return our love and respect. I urge you now to call some people, get together, talk about your choices and celebrate the season. Be fearless. You will find that the more you get used to expressing your truth, the easier it becomes to be heard.