Happy Summer Solstice! It’s the end of the “Light Half of the Year” as the sun will shine its longest and then slowly begin its retreat into the “Dark Half of the Year” to be “reborn” again at the Winter Solstice. The energy in the collective is buzzing, vibrant, alive, gregarious, outgoing, expressive, and expansive right now.
How can you capitalize on these energies to ensure you’re in harmony with the rhythms for optimal health? What can you be focusing on to really reap the fruits of your labor so far this year? How to ensure you are squeezing the most out of this juicy time? Here are some lifestyle, movement, and food suggestions.
Lifestyle: There’s an urge to be more social, to move more, to sleep less, and to travel. There may also be an urge to awaken dormant parts of ourselves and to share and express them with more vigor. Think back to the Winter Solstice and into the first few weeks of January. I love to think of the Wheel of the Year and the seasons therein as a metaphor for the phases of the moon. The Winter Solstice (the end of the Dark Half of the Year and longest night) is like a New Moon – we’re introspective, retreating, analyzing, preparing, and planting seeds. The Summer Solstice (the end of the Light Half of the Year and shortest night) is like the Full Moon – everything is clearer, illuminated, in focus, and we’re able to objectively see what’s working and what’s not working and course correct as needed.
Spend some time asking yourself the following questions: What were you really stoked to manifest this year? What were your goals? What was your main focus? How have these gone for you? What’s working and what’s not working for you?
Movement: There’s an abundance of energy available right now and if you’re really tuned in, you’ve undoubtedly felt it! Feel free to heed the call to move more in ways that delight you. Has there been a new class or practice you’ve been interested in trying? Perhaps you’re really digging the earlier morning light this time of year and are adding movement to your mornings. However, stay very close to your body and the messages he/she is giving you and remember that if your desire to move more is coming from a place of self-punishment or wanting to “lose 10 pounds before your vacation,” you’re doing more harm than good.
Food: I don’t know about where you live, however here in Southeast Texas, it’s hot. Real hot. And contrary to what the popular fare for this time of year seems to be (burgers, hot dogs, BBQ – aka all heavy, dense foods), your body doesn’t actually want all of that when it’s hot. Your body is busy working to keep you cool, so heat is being taken out of the body and this dampens your digestive fire. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s imperative for our overall health to look to our ultimate caretaker – the Earth. What’s in season in abundance right now? Fresh fruits and lighter vegetables; foods that are easier to digest and provide quick, efficient sources of energy for our use with minimal effort on the part of our digestive systems. Using resources like Sustainable Table, familiarize yourself with what’s in season in your region and endeavor to get to a Farmer’s Market if possible to enjoy all the tasty, seasonal eats. In addition, always remember that YOU are your BEST guide. Listen to your body (not your head) and notice what it needs. You may be surprised to notice that a hearty salad with loads of veggies, nuts, seeds, and maybe some lighter proteins such as legumes, dairy, fish, or chicken (based on your preference, tolerance, etc.) sounds better than that plate of ribs and potato salad.
Above all, enjoy this magical time of year as the Wheel continues to turn. Challenge yourself to step outside of your comfort zone to express and reveal yourself, to ask for your needs to be met, to recommit to whatever it was you set out to accomplish at the start of the year. The energies support you right now, so surrender to Universal flow and smile.
I’m Devon Battaglia, MS, NC, RYT and I am Holistic Life Coach + Catalyst + Intuitive + Writer on a mission to identify and transmute the roots of the shame story that’s running your life so you can live your fullest, most authentic incarnation in accordance with your soul’s sacred purpose. If you feel called to work together, please schedule a complimentary, magical Core Wound Alchemy Session.