SUMMER SOLSTICE SACRED
RETREAT – NATURAL LIGHT
The outdoor festival season is ancient and is
initiated by the tradition of lighting bonfires at
the Solstice. Harnessing natural light—solar
power—is an essential component of the season, but we need to take care to not to overheat our fire in these times of record-breaking
temperatures. Incorporating a few suggestions
from Ayurvedic rtucharya and giving space to
Summer in your home can align you with the
Summer ritam—the syncopation with the cosmic light.
ALIGNING WITH THE SOLSTICE
Create your home altar with the colors of the
sun: choose brilliant golds, reds, and oranges in fabrics, fruit, and candles. Adorn your
body with the Sun’s colors to bring brightness
and radiance into your being.
In a journal or in meditation, reflect on your
journey over the past six months. Remember
the intentions you planted at Winter Solstice.
What has transpired for you in this first half
of the journey around the Sun?
Place a jar or bowl filled with water in the Sun
to be energized by the Solstice rays. Drink it
in the afternoon to receive the vital energy of
the Sun. Place any gold jewelry you may have
near a window to be recharged and blessed by
the Solstice Sun.
The many music festivals around the Summer
Solstice period, from Glastonbury to Wanderlust, awaken the ancestral memory of all-night
celebrations where there is little darkness as
the Sun sets late and rises early. Evoke this
energy by finding a place in the urban environment (or outside it) where you can create a
bonfire or simply enjoy a great outdoor party,
with fire represented in torches. Enjoy the collective celebration with your whole being on
this holy day of the peak of light.
BALANCING THE FIRE—SUMMER
Summer initiates a time when the earth is
most dry and arid, receiving maximum solar
energy. All the radiant light is activating but
depleting, and so our digestive fire is also at
Ayurveda considers Summer a pitta season,
with emphasis on the elements of fire with just
a bit of water. Pitta dosha is a radiant solar
force, hot and sharp, and at this time of the
year it is important to balance pitta because
we can easily become dehydrated.
The gunas, or qualities, of summer that we
seek to balance are:
> Hot and sharp—balanced with relaxation.
> Oily and liquid—balanced with things that
are dry but nourishing. >>