Summer arrives at the solstice on the 21 June 2014. As nature builds towards this turning point in the year I am noticing the energy of the sun, especially in the early mornings as the dawn now starts to light the sky before 4am. In the winter 4am seems and is like the middle of the night and I return easily to sleep, but at this time of year it is always tempting to get up and sometimes I do. But I am also lucky enough to live near some open space where the birds are able to give full throat to their dawn chorus so I sometimes listen to this and let it sooth me back to sleep for a couple of hours.
I am reading about the meaning of the solstice in various spiritual traditions but usually come back to my Yoga where the energy at this time of year can lead me to Surya Namaskar – salutation to the sun, performed physically with a Sanskrit chant or just the chant. Either way it is a connection to the fire and power of the sun, even on a cloudy day! And what do we do after the solstice? I suggest that we relax and grow as we move through the summer towards the next marker on the wheel of the year.