Saturday, 20 June 2015

Celebrate the Summer Solstice

June 21st is the longest day in the northern hemisphere, that is it is the day when we have the most daylight hours.  'Solstice' means 'sun standing still'. It comes from the Latin sol (sun) and stitium (to stop) and it is true that on this day the sun pauses before reversing direction. As yogis we practice Sun Salutations to honour the sun, traditionally 108 (!!) first thing in the morning as the sun rises. Our worship of the sun is understandable: all life comes from the sun. The sun changes simple substances in plants (carbon-dioxide and water) into food with the help of chlorophyll and even if you eat meat (hopefully organic), the animal that it came from ate plants. The sun gives us light and warmth, supplies our bodies with vitamin D when it shines on our skin, and what about the joy of seeing a beautiful sunset.

To celebrate the summer solstice as well as Sun Salutations, you could try this light meditation.  

Light meditation for the Summer Solstice  -

A meditation for the Summer Solstice. 

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Happy summer days

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