Celebrate the Season!
June 20, 2020 was the Summer Solstice here in the Northern hemisphere, the longest day of the year. On that day I had the privilege of being on an international Zoom call with women from all over the world. The beautiful poems and prayers chosen to honor this seasonal turning point, celebrated summer for us in the North, and the winter solstice for those in the Southern hemisphere, the longest night of the year.
This Gather the Women Global Circle hosted over 70 women on a 90-minute call. The opening celebration included women from different countries presenting their translated versions of the selected readings consecutively. To hear these feminine voices speaking in the melodic tones of their country of origin was such a gift! They contributed a resonance that deepened the sense of harmonious global connection.
What Is the Summer Solstice?
Summer is the season of growth. All living things need light to grow. With the Summer Solstice being the one day the sun is at its fullest point for the longest time, we get the maximum benefit the sun has to offer.
Basking in the sun’s full power, flowers bloom, treating the birds and insects to their pollen. The trees’ leafy branches host baby birds snuggled in their nests. And the laws of nature apply to us as well. We are invited to venture out into the warmth of the sun so we too may benefit from this season of growth.*
Questions for Circle Discussion:
- What signals the start of summer for you?
- How do you celebrate the summer?
- What is seeking external expression or growth in your life?
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*The chapter reference for this theme of turning to nature for insight is from The ABC Path toward True Wisdom: A Woman’s Guide to Trusting What She Knows in Her Heart Is True, Mystical Moments, p. 85-89.
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