Happy June to each and every one of you.
June 21st is the Summer Solstice, also known as: Alban Heflin, Alben Heruin, All-couples day, Feast of Epona, Feast of St. John the Baptist, Feill-Sheathain, Gathering Day, Johannistag, Litha, Midsummer, Sonnwend, Thing-Tide and Vestalia to name a few.
The Summer Solstice (celebrated in June in the Northern Hemisphere and in December in the Southern Hemisphere) is officially the first day of summer and is also referred to as Midsummer because it is roughly the middle of the growing season throughout much of Europe. It is also when the night is at a minimum and the day is at a maximum. I don’t know about you, but I just feel as if I have so much more time to do the things I want.
People celebrate this event in a variety of ways, some of which you may be familiar with and maybe some that you are not.
In pre-historic times, summer was a joyous time of the year for those Aboriginal people who lived in the northern latitudes. The snow had disappeared; the ground had thawed out; warm temperatures had returned; flowers were blooming; leaves had returned to the deciduous trees. Some herbs could be harvested, for medicinal and other uses. Food was easier to find. The crops had already been planted and would be harvested in the months to come.
The first (or only) full moon in June is called the Honey Moon. Tradition holds that this is the best time to harvest honey from the hives.
In Ancient China, the summer solstice ceremony celebrated the earth, the feminine, and the yin forces. It complemented the winter solstice which celebrated the heavens, masculinity and yang forces.
Ancient Pagans celebrated Midsummer with bonfires. It was a night of fire festivals and of love and of magic. It had to do with lovers and predictions, when pairs of lovers would jump through the luck-bringing flames. It was also through the fire's power that maidens would find out about their future husband, and spirits and demons were banished.
Midsummer is also traditionally the time when the sun reaches the peak of its power; the earth is green and filled with the promise of a bountiful harvest. It is a time for divination and healing rituals and divining rods and wands are traditionally cut at this time. Personally, I think it is an ideal time to use the power of the sun and the energy that is filling our world through new life and growing things to make lasting changes in your thoughts, your ideas, your body, your health and your life in general. You will find that it is just a bit easier to access the energy you need to really make lasting changes.
Both of our Solstices are important times of the year. I’ve been focusing on the Summer Solstice because that is the one that I am personally approaching. However, the winter solstice that is rapidly approaching all of you in the southern hemisphere has remained a special moment of the annual cycle of the year since Neolithic times. This is attested by physical remains in the layouts of late Neolithic and Bronze Age archeological sites like Stonehenge and New Grange in the British Isles.
The primary axes of both of these
monuments seem to have been carefully aligned on a sight-line framing the winter solstice sunrise (New Grange) and the winter solstice sunset (Stonehenge).
In modern cultures the gatherings associated with Midwinter are valued deeply for emotional comfort, having something to look forward to at the darkest time of the year. The depressive psychological effects of winter on individuals and societies are for the most part tied to less sunlight, coldness, tiredness, malaise, and inactivity. Getting insufficient light in the short winter days increases the secretion of melatonin in the body, off balancing the circadian rhythm with longer sleep. Studies have proven that exercise, light therapy, increased negative ion exposure (which can be attained from plants and well ventilated flames burning wood or beeswax) can reinvigorate the body from its seasonal lull and relieve winter blues.
Research has also indicated that another reason we up here feel better at this time of year and you all down there feel a bit worse is because of the amount of Vitamin D that is absorbed from the sun. During the Summer Solstice days are longer enabling our bodies to absorb more Vitamin D while down south you are facing a winter Solstice which will naturally decrease the amount of Vitamin D that your bodies absorb. It has been discovered that this is a key cause of the winter blues and fatigue. So for our friends in the Southern Hemisphere (and that includes you TK), enjoy a bump in mood and energy by taking 1,000 to 2,000 IU’s of Vitamin D3.
Linda Simmon C.Ht.
I’m a big believer in the Laws of Attraction and those who have had sessions with me know that suggestions for abundance and attracting good into your life are a major part of every session I give. Keeping in tune with that thought, someone sent me something quite a while ago (years in fact) and I think now is a good time to revisit her thoughts. So I’d like to offer you at this time for your consideration,
What We Resist, Persists—
The Law of Attraction will attract whatever you focus your thoughts on…even if it’s something you don’t want! So, if you we are focusing our thoughts on something we don’t want we set into motion the vibrations that will attract the very thing we were trying to avoid. This can become a vicious circle. We get in a rut, where life just keeps happening to us.
We weren’t made this way! Our Creator made us in His image. That means we are mini-creators. And what, pray tell are we supposed to create? A life based on what we WANT! A life filled with abundance and joy and love.
So, how can something that sounds so simple be so difficult for us, at times? For years at a time, even?
I think a lot of it has to do with a belief in our society that the way to get rid of what we don’t want is to fight it with all our might and RESIST to the end! So, if we RESIST what we don’t want we’ll get what we do want, right? Nooooooooo. Whatever we RESIST will only PERSIST. By continuing to worry about not finding a lasting relationship we continue to be not able to find a lasting relationship because we are going towards what we DON’T want (or at least our thoughts are) instead of going towards what we do want.
Debster, you have worked so hard in defense of being rejected that it continues to be your experience. In other words, you’ve struggled so hard AGAINST what you don’t want that it just keeps on coming. A lot of your energy has been spent on ‘don’t wants’. Sadly, what happens after doing that for a long time is you get tired, for sure! You can also lose track of what you DO want, because all your energy has been used up in RESISTANCE.
And now, a bit of poetry from a man I admire very much.
In the course of a lifetime,
I’ve taken many a test.
In the hope that someday
I would prove to be “best”.
Like a sea siren’s song,
That pinnacle beckoned,
But I never achieved
Any better than second.
Though I’ve struggled and strained
That premier “grail”
Has not been attained.
Oh, cynics will scoff
At my every event
And never understand
Why the energy was spent.
To accomplish a dream
Or to nurture a flower
When neither results
In money, or power.
What they don’t comprehend:
Is that the prize is the quest.
To conquer one’s personal
The ultimate truth
That cannot be denied
Is that the measure of living
Is knowing you tried.
~ Irwin “Chip” Chasalow, Esquire
Just a short little health tip this month.
Prevent Memory Loss and Think Yourself Young
By Mehmet C. Öz, MD,
and Michael F. Roizen, MD
You don't have to be an adult with an inner child, like Tom Hanks in the movie "Big," to think young. You can cultivate your memory, quick recall, and mental sharpness even if you can't fit all your candles on a birthday cake. For sustainable brainpower and to help prevent memory loss, what matters most is what you do with your mind -- and not just before age 60, but after also.
That's a revolutionary idea. The old battle plan to prevent memory loss was to use tricks to help you cope. Well, humbug! You want brain maintenance, not indulgence. The key to a clear-headed old age is physical activity, good nutrition, mental challenges, and social connections. The latest research shows how right we are:
Move it or lose it. Physical activity helps prevent loss of gray matter and promotes the growth of neurons that process thoughts and shuttle memories. Walking for 15 minutes every day is good; 30 minutes six days a week is even better. What's best, however, is to walk 10,000 steps a day.
Groove it or lose it. Turns out dopamine (a neurotransmitter that helps control info, especially memory), decreases with age, but increases with sexual activity? Need we say more? Cuddle, kick up your heels, and make memories together.
Grill it or lose it. Lean, mean, thinking machines are fueled not by oil and fat (saturated fat actually kills memories), but by lean protein (never fried), fiber, 100% whole grains, and dark greens, such as broccoli. Add DHA omega-3s, turmeric, caffeine, and aspirin (if your doc recommends) and you'll remember those fun parts!