The Summer Solstice is the first day of the Summer Season, and I share the Contemplative Narrative for June 21st from my soon-to-be published book of 365 daily narratives that is called Journey of The Great Circle.
Here is the daily narration for June 21st
In the northern hemisphere of our planet it is, once again, the first day of the Summer season, the beginning of entering a new quadrant of time within the endless seasonal circle, the one moment during the year when the apparent path of the Sun overhead is traveling across the sky on its most northern arc of its annual journey.
Today is referred to as the “Summer Solstice” (solstice means “the Sun appears to stand still”), and the Sun’s extreme northern journey across the sky makes it the year’s longest day, for from this day on, the Sun’s overhead path will once again return southward.
In relation to our personal lives, the season of Summer represents growth and development, a time that symbolizes for us the further blossoming of our individual creativity that has been inspired, seeded, and initiated during the “Spring of our lives”.
It exemplifies a time when the outer fruits of the trees, as well as the “inner fruits of our lives”, are naturally yearning for nourishment, so that our “fruits” are better able to flourish.
Summer also symbolizes for us the ripening of the “spiritual fruit of daily surrender”, a time of renewing our commitment to continue surrendering to the Essence of Life, the Divine Infinite Intelligence that’s always guiding and directing us each day.
Similar to our vegetable gardens which have been appropriately seeded during the Spring, in life, we must learn to be patient and know the “harvest” will appear at its proper time.
Just like our gardens require nourishment, this time is for deepening our compassion and love toward all sentient beings, and for extending our heartfelt care for the wellbeing of all. Furthermore during this season, we can learn to increase the “harvest of our compassion”
By intentionally practicing, in every moment, to cultivate the heart-centered ways we consciously choose to respond to life regarding each situation we encounter. The higher choices we make, based on the more compassionate perspectives we are aware of and based on keeping our “heart” open, the more freedom we’re able to experience.
Conscious heart-centered choices can also provide for us greater opportunities to creatively share our unique talents and skills that can be used to serve others.
In a symbolic way, this season is a time that can help us expand our conscious awareness of how we can better serve and contribute our individual gifts to the collective, to the larger community of our friends, co-workers, and fellow citizens.
The season of Summer is, typically, a natural time when more people are active outdoors, enjoying the warmer days, the radiant sunshine, and one another, when more people genuinely feel an instinctive urge to experience community.
We can use the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice, with its radiance of solar light, as an opportunity to look within, and perceive the meaning of our life with greater clarity.