The summer solstice arrived in a blast of heat today, forcing me inside toward the darkest parts of my home. My mind wants to check off the to-do list, and be enthusiastic about projects, but my body is not willing. It’s fitting, as the energy of this year has been building to a crescendo and now, more than ever, I’m feeling like I need a rest. Since writing at the spring equinox, I’ve watched (and endured) a wild ride of ups and downs energetically. Many clients and all my “sensitive” friends and family have suffered great highs and lows in ways they’ve never experienced before. If life for you has felt hard, or strange in ways even beyond the political goings-on that rock us daily, know that you are not alone. If you’re feeling burned out, it’s not just this scorching sun.
Can you feel the lull in yourself? The need to languish in a cool dark room with an overhead fan mesmerizing you, slowing your heartbeat and mind? Consider all the things planted at spring just a few short months ago – what have you learned, what are you proud of, what’s calling you forward with curiosity when your momentum returns? Today the Sun turns on its path toward the south – nature inside and out calls for a shift in our energy as well. Where are you heading?
Fortunately, the New Moon on the 23rd calls for self-care– it will have the soft and nurturing energy we need now for a few weeks. A mini-vacation is in order. Take time to pat yourself on the back for all you’ve done or weathered the last few months. Take time off mentally and emotionally from the well-worn path in your mind that keeps you busy or worried. Take naps, be quiet; day-dream and dawdle. When (and if) you feel rejuvenated, pour this nurturing out to others in ways that make your heart sing. I like to cook healthy, pretty food for me and my family, or buy fresh flowers for my daughters’ bedrooms. Little things that feed us all.