Who doesn’t love the sunshine and carefree atmosphere of summer? Summer still automatically invokes the feeling of an inherent vacation within all of us at Holistic Haven – even though it might be a little strange considering how long it has been since we’ve been in school! The Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, is right around the corner…
What images come to mind when you think of summer?
Perhaps you envision lightness, happiness and freedom to name a few? The days are longer, there is lots of sunshine, and we can spend more time outdoors. The beach beckons us; meals are often grilled on the barbeque… ok, you get the point!
Now let’s move on to the seasonal nutritional delights that the summer has to offer. I especially love the fresh produce, like a big & juicy watermelon. I enjoy growing my own robust tomatoes and basil along with seeing what’s available at the local Farmers’ Markets.
There was a time when we marked the change of seasons with rituals – the Pagans would have bonfires and ceremonies and dances to mark the changing months of each year. The biggest part of these rituals was the planting and harvesting of seasonal crops. There were strong belief’s associated with the time of year, and because people lived off the land they had to know the cycles and corresponding health practices quite well
The Summer Solstice begins on June 21st at 12:38 p.m. You might find a ceremony to attend locally or host your own gathering to embrace the sun. I know that many of you are fortunate enough to be taking time off to vacation and I can’t wait to hear all of the stories and see all of the beautiful pictures. Be sure that you are eating lots of fresh seasonal produce, actively drinking enough water to stay hydrated, and are stocking up on your travel and immune supplements.
Whatever it is that summer means to you and whatever you have planned in your schedule, please join me in saying a prayer of thanks for all of the gifts that summer brings!
June 21st is also the longest day of the year. Go to our Facebook page and answer our short poll: How do you celebrate the longest day of the year?