Four Ways to Activate Your Inner Fire |
The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. The official beginning of summer, the Solstice falls on June 21st and celebrates the themes of light, power and love.
With the increase in sunlight, our mood and energy becomes super-charged. This makes the Summer Solstice the ideal time to examine your life and to shed light on those areas that are out of alignment. With this fresh awareness, you can then choose to let go of the negativity that is blocking you — and take powerful new actions that will bring your goals to fruition.
I invite you to take advantage of the abundance and intensity of the light and fire energy available on June 21st this year by marking the day with one or more of these Four Solstice Activities:
Honour the Sun by simply taking a few minutes to sit outside. Meditate with your palms facing upwards. Breathe consciously into your Solar Plexus and activate the fire element located within this chakra (energy centre). Feel a sense of gratitude as you receive this Gift of Light and Life Energy flowing to you and inside of you from the Sun.
If you enjoy doing yoga, on the day of the Solstice take on doing the set of exercises known as the Sun Salutation. These exercises invigorate and harmonize the energies of your body, mind and Soul. On the morning of the Summer Solstice, face the sun and perform a set of 12 Sun Salutations. Aim to make this a daily practise going forward.
Re-examine your Intentions and Goals that you wrote months ago at the turn of the New Year. Acknowledge yourself for those you have already achieved. Reinvigorate the ones that are still in progress with renewed commitment and promises of action. The Solstice presents a fresh opportunity to step into your power and to bring into fruition a new way of being into your mind, heart and physical body.
Purify and renew your energy with a Ritual of Fire. You will need some paper, a pen, a candle and a fireproof bowl. Write out a list of the things you wish to release from your life (in some cases this may be a person). Light the candle with intention and awareness candle and call forth the Spirit of the Sun. Ask for assistance in releasing you from these things that have been obstacles on your path. Burn the paper and watch these obstacles go up in smoke. Feel how your body physically lets go of the energy you are releasing into the fire and smoke. Complete with the following prayer to bless yourself and others:
May you be filled with loving kindness.
May you be well.
May you be peaceful and at ease.
May you be happy.
(Ancient Buddhist Blessing)
I would love to hear about your Summer Solstice 2015 activities! Please email me at davidraphael@awakeningmind.
For Your Light and Happiness,