The Invitations of Summer Solstice

Tabby Halsrud

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Heart’s Embrace

Summer solstice occurs about halfway through the calendar year and is an excellent time to pause and reflect. I like to reflect on what I’ve accomplished, what I’ve learned, and the ways I’ve grown. I revisit the intentions and goals I set at the beginning of the year to see if I am still headed in the right direction. It’s important to allow ourselves time to acknowledge, honor, and even CELEBRATE our accomplishments. Many of our accomplishments take time, effort, and a lot of activity. So why not give ourselves the gift of celebration to acknowledge that?

Pausing to reflect on where we’ve been and where we are going also helps us see if we’re on the wrong path or need to make any changes. There is nothing wrong with changing course or even rewriting goals partway through the year. Sometimes we start an initiative and realize later it wasn’t the right one for us. Or perhaps, we have simply stacked too much on our plate and need to let some things go.

I had to do that for myself a few months ago…. I analyzed everything that was taking my time and energy and made some very difficult decisions about what I needed to stop doing. I read somewhere that every time we say YES to one thing, we are saying NO to something else… So it’s really important to be clear about what we are saying yes and no to, and to determine if we are spending our time and energy on the right things and with the right people. Taking this time to reflect allows us to ensure we are on the right track, and if we find we are not, to make any necessary changes.

Summer also invites us to let loose. The summer season is a time of daylight, warmth, activity, fun, and play. These qualities of summer invite us to explore if we are doing enough of what we enjoy and if we are making enough time for what refuels us. I know that when I don’t spend enough time doing what I love, I feel more stressed and disconnected, and my overall energy is lower.

-At this time of the year, I ask myself questions like:
-Am I doing enough of what brings JOY into my life?
-Am I playing enough, laughing enough, and having enough fun?
-What am I most passionate about?
-Am I spending enough time with the people who matter most?

We all need leisure, fun, and time for being social. The pathways to leisure and fun are as unique as we are. Often for me, that means listening to live music, dancing, road trips with friends, and spending as much time outside as possible. What do YOU enjoy doing for fun? We all have responsibilities and commitments in life, but play and enjoyment are an important part of our emotional and spiritual wellness and are integral in creating a fulfilling and enriching life.

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