June 21 is the Summer Solstice, or the official start to the summer season and the longest day of the year. For many cultures and religions, this day has significance as a time of renewal and celebration of the bounties that the Earth has to offer. For me, this is a time to reflect in gratitude for all the family, friends, and sustenance in my life that continue to nourish and support me. With the understanding that food is a key component of our health, I implore Wildatarians to use this holiday as an opportunity to not only eat the right foods, but to also shift our mindset from one of deprivation to one of abundance. The Earth is able to provide a wealth of vibrant, nutritious food – in a variety of colors, smells, and tastes – and the Summer Solstice is our opportunity to thank her for it.
No matter what your cultural background is, you can celebrate this day of renewal and sunshine in a variety of different ways. Here are some suggestions for how you can ring in the new season in “wild” style:
Spend time in Nature
Since the Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year, you can spend as much time outside as you want! Take a hike, read a book in your favorite park, or head to your closest body of water to reset and enjoy the scenery.
Bring Nature Indoors
If you cannot make it outside, you can still enjoy nature by bringing it into your home. I often have fresh flowers around my house, which add a pop of color and good vibrations to my space. You can also bring in rocks, sand or other plants to make your home both beautiful and Wildatarian friendly.
Light a Fire
Fire is the element of light, purification, and renewal, so naturally it should find its place in the day of the sun! You can incorporate fire into your celebration by having a bonfire, burning candles, or lighting up the grill with friends and family. Another practice is to metaphorically “burn” anything you need to get rid of – past hurts, resentments, trauma, and habits that hold back your personal growth. You can do this by writing them down on a piece of paper and burning it, in a safe and contained manner. As the paper turns to ash, so do those relics of the past that no longer serve you.
Regardless of the way you celebrate the Summer Solstice, I hope you spend it surrounded by the ones you love and with a heart full of gratitude.
Happy Summer Solstice!