June 17, 2024

June 17, 2024 Happy Summer Solstice!

I love how the sun returns to wrap its warmth around me like a warm blanket. I don’t know about you, but I tend to hibernate in the winter. Those who know me, know that I am a sun goddess and love to soak up all its glory, rising and resting with the sun…celebrating the light and the fancy colors it paints the sky with. Lying in the grass to watch the clouds drift by and to count the plethora of stars overhead. Yes, summer is a beautiful artist!

Over the last few years, it has become a daily practice to sungaze. (There are a lot of really compelling scientific studies on the health benefits of sungazing.) Usually early in the morning as the sun is rising or later in the evening as the sun is setting, I love to just stare at the light for short periods of time, charging myself with the powerful sun energy. There is something sacred about the light and it is during this time that I feel most connected to God/Source/Creator/Divine as I enter into prayer and a willingness to be guided in the day ahead. It has become a foundational spiritual practice for me.

I’ve made a few interesting observations as I’ve shared this practice with others. Somewhere along the way, we’ve been taught to fear the sun. I often hear – “don’t do that – you could go blind!” or “aren’t you worried about skin cancer?” Both legitimate concerns and by no means do I recommend doing something that doesn’t resonate with you…but please, stay with me a moment and hear me out. 

What do plants do as they push through the earth in the spring?

What do trees do as they grow towards the sky?

What do flowers do when they bloom?

What do snakes do to warm themselves?

What do birds do to welcome the day?

Sure, we go on hikes and visit nature but have we forgotten that we are a part of nature? We aren’t separate from it…we are a part of the earth’s ecosystem and all the essential nutrients that we need to survive depend on the sun. And yet, we cover up when we go out in it, we slather on chemicals to block it from our skin, we put on our sunglasses, we hide inside…when everything else in nature does the exact opposite.

Plants grow towards the sun.

Trees reach toward the light.

Flowers bloom and turn their faces toward the sunshine.

Animals bathe in the sun.

Birds sing to welcome the sun.

And yet, we hide from it. 

I’m not proposing that we are reckless with the sun by any means. We must be aware of our bodies and what resonates with us. But what if we rose in the morning to simply be present with the sunshine, to celebrate the light as it dances on the underside of the leaves and illuminates our surroundings as it only can in the early dewy morning? What if we paused to gaze at the burning ball of light as it descends behind the horizon shedding spectacular colors upon the sky in those last two minutes before it drops out of sight? What if we soaked up pure vitamin D from the early and late light of the day? What if we put our bare feet directly upon the earth, grounding ourselves to Mother Gaia and raised our eyes to heaven welcoming in Divine light? What if we let go of the fear and instead entered fully into gratitude for the awareness that ALL life is sustained from the sun? ALL life is impacted and only exists because of the sun…

We get to walk this earth, and have this journey because of the sun and all she provides.

This week, we are encouraged to drop the fear and to celebrate the sun, our existence and to practice extreme gratitude for the interconnectedness of ALL knowing that we are not separate from nature but an essential part of it. This week, in the words of Kahlil Gibran, “Be like the flower, turn your face to the sun.”

XO Juli


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