We live in a circle.
Musings on the Summer Solstice
The sun is telling real time, encouraging us to root down, look up & feel out.
The Summer Solstice is quintessential paradox:
simultaneously the effulgent height of light
(longest day of the year)
& the beginning of the dimming
(every day hereafter is progressively shorter)
that culminates in Winter Solstice—
(darkest night exhales completely)
which is a whole different story
(round & round we go…)
Attention to solar & lunar cycles can be a powerful means of caretaking our primordial awareness, our true nature—washing it fresh of all the ones & zeros, all the stories we tell, live within & re-tell.
Solstices, equinoxes, new & full moons are celestial moments which remind us of a wakefulness & spaciousness everpresent beneath our delimited human cycles of news, family & activist fatigue.
The Sun & Moon remind us to freshen up our courage & commitment to creative, compassionate participation in a dynamic, responsive universe.
May the burning blessings of our local star & benevolent mother earth illuminate this bright abundant season in the northern hemisphere.
May you be held by strong arms & bathed in soft light.
Text by Qayyum Johnson
Painting by Betsy McCall