Now that the summer solstice is officially upon us, and frankly after the long cold arctic blast we had this year in the northeast, I’m… well let’s just say more than a little excited to see and feel the sunshine again. It’s not that I dislike the winter season; (besides the endless gray skies, cold rain showers, and relentless snow) it’s just that it’s so refreshing to finally be able to walk outside in my bare feet, without wearing my usual Eskimo garb. As Ada Louise Huxtable so eloquently put it;“Summer is the time when one sheds one’s tensions with one’s clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all’s right with the world.”
Personally I couldn’t agree more with Ada‘s sentiments on the subject, especially the last part that reads “a few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all’s right with the world.” It’s without question so very easy to get absorbed by the warmth of the sun, become enveloped in the lush green foliage that encompasses the landscape; and dazed by the myriad of outdoor activities to do (both essential and non-essential) that we develop a tunnel vision that sees only one thing…us. Now please don’t misunderstand me, I’m not against enjoying any of the aforementioned activities, as a matter of fact I overindulge in all of them probably more than most.
No, rather what I want us to foster while we are enjoying the summer solstice and all its trimmings, is a genuine sense of gratitude; a thankfulness that transcends mere words, and pierces through to awaken our consciousness. It is only in this state of heightened awareness that we can fully see beyond ourselves and into the lives of others, giving thanks for all that we have physically, emotionally and spiritually. We can indeed both be aware of the fact that all is most definitely not right with the world, however through my gratefulness; I and we are now positioned to acknowledge this truth and then move to do something about it.
So the next time you’re outside grilling your favorite summertime edibles, be sure to take in a deep aroma of gratitude along with the mesquite smoked flavorings, and see how much better your food not only tastes, but digests….all heartburn free!
Until next time…Yours in health and healing,