5 Fresh Ways to Celebrate 2018′s Summer Solstice

Last year, we gave you some ideas for celebrating the summer solstice that still remain relevant today. While all of those ideas are still fantastic ways to celebrate the Summer Solstice—the longest day of the year, when the Northern Hemisphere is as close to the sun as it’s going to get—I wanted to give you some fresh ideas for ringing in the summertime in 2018.

With all of the negative news in the headlines this year, and with families and friendships perhaps more polarized than they should be, the summer solstice is a great opportunity to let go of any baggage and approach the world with fresh eyes. Here are five rituals to incorporate in 2018.

Light Candles… Lots of Them

Because the Summer Solstice is associated with the sun, fire itself is an important symbol for this special day. Light candles — I’m talking 10 to 15 of them — and place them in a safe location in your home. Perhaps you place them in a circle shape, seating yourself in the center. With the warmth of these candles nearby, begin a meditation session.

One common candle meditation technique is to focus your sight on one flame, clearing your mind of everything except the sight of that flickering flame. If that’s not really your thing, enjoy a guided meditation session or just close your eyes and relax. Be sure to practice fire safety with your candles, and blow them out as soon as you’re done meditating.

Go for a Sunrise Hike

Greet the longest day of the year with a hike at sunrise. “Hike” is a loose term… If you live in the city, a nice walk in an urban park is just fine too. Pay attention to the morning light, and feel the temperature on your skin as the day gets warmer.

Practice a Summer Solstice Yoga Mala

A yoga mala is a ritual in which the practitioner completes 108 sun salutations. Often completed on solstices, New Year’s Day or other special new beginners, the mala is symbolic of a fresh start. Plus, with the bodily heat created by practicing 108 sun salutations, you’ll be totally in the spirit of the Summer Solstice.

Take a Pottery Class

Working with clay is a great way to celebrate any nature-related holiday. For some of us, touching clay is one of the closest things we do to playing with dirt. This earthy feeling can manifest in gardening or earthing, but making pottery is an especially beautiful way to do it.

Release Things that No Longer Serve You

Finally, celebrate the Summer Solstice by writing down any feelings, activities or grudges that no longer serve you. These can include resentment, fear, anger or any other negative emotion that you’ve noticed has begun to poison your outlook. After writing these things down, toss the piece of paper into a fire and watch it burn symbolically away.

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Marge F
Marge F11 days ago

Thank you for posting this interesting article.

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Mary Seymour
Mary Seymour11 days ago

TY!

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Sandra V
Sandra Vito16 days ago

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Sandra Vito16 days ago

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Julia S
Julia S17 days ago

Thank you!

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Lindi S
Lindi S20 days ago

Happy Solstice ! :)

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Mary Seymour
Mary Seymour20 days ago

TY!

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Caitlin L
Caitlin L21 days ago

thanks for sharing

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Lisa Zarafonetis
Lisa Zarafonetis21 days ago

Thanks for posting

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Mary T
Mary T21 days ago

thanks for sharing...maybe one day I'll celebrate the summer or winter solstices

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