Saturday, June 21, 2014
Summer Solstice: This Little Light Of Mine
We celebrate the arrival of the summer on June 21st, the longest day of the year, but really, what happens is the opposite. With each day after the first day of the summer, we lose minutes of sunshine, all the way up to December 21st, the shortest day of the year, when the light begins to return.
When I had horses, it was all about holding on until December 21st. Trudging in the darkness at 5:30, feeding, watering, and blanketing horses, headlamp bobbing a beam of weak light through the woods, I would keep muttering to myself, "Hold on until the 21st. Just hold on." Same routine, same mantra, morning and night, until the return of the sun. From the first day of summer on, it was a straight trudge into darkness, both literal and figurative.
My very favorite yoga teacher, Cindy Olah of Sacred Garden Yoga, always makes me think when I hit the mat (and hold Warrior II for far too long, but that is a totally separate issue). Last night she talked about the solstice and pointed out that truly, the light resides in us.
Okay, and a little New Age-y, I will admit, but it feels true to me.
We don't always get out of the way and let it shine, but that doesn't even matter. Even when we are at our darkest, the light exists in us. We don't need to push or force or any of that. Just SHINE. Let go. Get out of your own fucking way.
Very hard, lovelies. I know.
But this little light of mine? I'm gonna let it shine.
I hope to get the hell out of my own way, and I think I have done admirably in the past few months. So much to see when you allow yourself the time and space to evolve.
If you let go, what would shine in you? Who would you be or what would you do if you knew you could not fail? Please share your answer in the comments. I'd love to see a conversation bubble.
Enjoy your long day. Let it shine.