In astronomy terms, the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere marks the time that the sun is at it’s northernmost point in the sky and the start of summer. But the day is also full of spiritual meanings, symbolic meanings, and personal meanings.
The day designates a sort of tipping point in the year when we reach the longest day and shortest night and it marks a reversal as days shorten following the solstice. There are myriad ways to acknowledge this celebrated day. Add your own ideas to this list in the comments section – I love to hear from readers.
Do you have any family rituals or traditions around the summer solstice? Take a moment to enjoy some summer solstice activities alone or with your family.
- Watch the sunrise
- Walk along the beach
- Light a candle, pause, smile, breathe
- Build a campfire
- Say a prayer
- Write a letter to yourself a year from now, five years from now
- Make out with your husband, partner, lover
- Go strawberry picking and make fresh strawberry lemonade (see my recipe below)
- Laugh with a friend
- Paint your toenails
- Draw a picture – pick up crayons, watercolors, markers and just draw
- Create something – a piece of jewelry, a song, a poem
- Write in a journal
- Smile at a stranger
- Feel gratitude, list your blessings and things for which you’re thankful today
- Hang little white lights
- Sing a song – in a whisper or a shout
- Go sailing
- Skip with your kids – it’s fun and freeing
- Learn a new vocabulary word – let the dictionary fall open to a page (you still have one of those, right?) or search online
- Arrange flowers and bring summer inside
- Hug your children – big or small – young or old – give them a squeeze
- Call a friend you haven’t spoken to in ages
- Do yoga outside
- Write a thank you note to someone to thank them for being in your life
- Walk with a treasure bag and add to it as you go – leaves, shells, flowers, stones …
- Swim – even if it’s too cold
- Create a scavenger hunt for the kids and some friends
- Speak an affirmation
- Have a party – enjoy community and friendship
- Pour yourself a cup of tea and be still
- Live in the moment
Make a simple syrup by boiling one cup of water
and dissolving in one cup of sugar, let cool.
In a 2 quart container, add 4 cups water, 1 cup fresh (or from concentrate) lemon juice and 1-2 cups fresh strawberries pureed.
Add in the cooled sugar syrup.
Mix it up, chill or serve over ice. Aaah!