It’s the first day of summer here in the Northern Hemisphere, the longest day of the year where the sun is at its highest point in the sky. It’s the Summer Solstice and from today onwards, the sun begins to wane and the days get shorter until the shortest day of the year, the Winter Solstice.
It’s also called `Midsummer’ because in some parts of the world they recognize May 1st as the first day of summer, ending on the first Saturday in October. June 21st falls in between those two dates and is a day of celebrating life, abundance and kicking back for the heat of the summer. In the 21st century, that means summer holidays!
Nature is at full blossom right now. She’s pregnant with life-giving fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Our ancestors celebrated the seasons because instead of grocery stores, it was nature that provided everything they needed to survive. After weeks of hard work towing fields and planting crops, today marked the time of rest, fertility, celebration and gratitude.
I’m taking time today to celebrate life and my good fortune. I love my life and have so much to be thankful for! For instance, since starting my health journey, I’ve lost almost 50 lbs and 50 inches! This is only the tip of the iceberg, too, as the success of my weight loss has trickled into every other area of my life. I’m SO much healthier (and happier) today than I was last year. Although I have other health goals, I’d like to thank the Universe for everything that I have now and accomplished so far.
Part of my success is due to a positive frame of mind. And one of my tricks to finding (or creating?) this positivity is to take a break and celebrate successes – no matter how small. When you’re on a path of self-improvement, this is especially important. It’s easy to get caught up on everything that you want to achieve and forget about what you’ve already achieved.
While it’s healthy to desire more, it’s unhealthy to get down on yourself and feel badly about what you have now when you compare the two. So why make yourself feel bad? You’re lovely just the way you are. You may not be perfect but who is? And really, if you were, you’d be boring or dead.
So why not use the Summer Solstice as an excuse to celebrate you as you are now? Go ahead and recognize improvements can be made but also acknowledge that you’re doing your best when you can to match up your outside appearance with the person you know you are on the inside. That’s what self-improvement is all about, and that’s how we can all work towards becoming healthier and happier individuals.
Cheers to life, love and health!
Interested in learning more about the summer solstice? Check out this great CBC article, “Forces of Nature.”