Summer Solstice represents the midpoint of the summer season in the Chinese seasonal calendar. Before this phase, summer tends to lean towards cool, and after this seasonal phase summer tend to lean towards hot. We have reached the sweet and balanced part of summer that feels just right.
The summer solstice is the astronomical event that coincides with the longest day and the shortest night of the year. If we compare the yearly seasonal cycle with the daily cycle and set a marker between the first day of spring and dawn, then Summer Solstice corresponds to the bright noontime sun. During midday and Summer Solstice, sunlight rules the world and shadows shrink into insignificance. The theme of Summer Solstice is the glorious triumph of light over dark.
Qigong is rooted in the simple notion that by aligning our bodyminds with nature, our lives flow organically, and by that principle, Summer Solstice is the most appropriate time of the year to adopt a positive and lighthearted attitude and enjoy the world in the way that you would enjoy the perfect summer day.
Picture yourself walking under a yellow sun and blue sky surrounded by green trees and colorful flowers. The moment is so lovely that you want to soak more of it in. Your senses are wide open, and feeling into the moment, you smile. That simple act of curling your lips in the face of frivolous happiness captures the essence of Summer Solstice.
Now is the time to open your senses wide and to soak in the abundant goodness that surrounds you. Let the world delight you. Bask in the radiance and take in the pleasure of being alive. Savor the moment. The high wisdom of Summer Solstice is this: Life is good, enjoy it.
Doing the Summer Solstice Empowerment on Wednesday, June 21st between 12:24 AM EDT and 2:24 AM EDT will boost your energy level and fill you with more joy to enjoy this time of the year. (Remember to adjust for the time difference if you live in another time zone). Summer Solstice lasts until Thursday, July 6th at 5:50 PM EDT when Minor Heat, the fifth stage of summer begins. Until then, delight in the light!