Savouring Sweetness on this Solstice day

Today is the summer solstice of June 2022 with the longest daylight hours of the year. Not surprising then that my circadian rhythm responded to the morning light and I awoke early today. Maybe you woke up early, too. As I lay there quietly, I briefly contemplated the last two years of pandemic ups and downs leading right up to NOW. And then before I got caught up in the rehashing of the stress of it all, I got out of bed and into the day. I choose “sweetness” today, not heaviness or bitterness.

According to Ayurveda, the holistic system of health and wellness originating in India, the essence or “rasa” of sweet is more than just a sugary taste. It is a grounding combination of the qualities of earth and water; it is characteristically pleasurable, joyful, loving; and in balance, sweetness encompasses all those “sweet” things in life from puppies to pretty flowers, to preparing and tasting a fresh meal, to being in the company of friends. What better day than the summer solstice to savour the sweetness of life!

I met up with a friend this morning who gave me flowers fresh-picked from her garden, and we sat in the rain with our coffees, chatting and laughing and enjoying the exchange of energy. And we had a sugary cookie, too. Savouring sweetness isn’t just about taking the time…it is MAKING the time, as a priority for oneself, every day. Sweet is an essence we NEED in balance…along with the salty, pungent, astringent, bitter, and sour qualities of not just food but our lifestyles.

With today being the first day of summer, there is the promise of warm sunny days and lazy afternoons. A season where it feels easier to spread our wings and breathe in the light. And perhaps more space to MAKE that time to savour the sweetness!

Here is a short meditation to get you started. Enjoy and have a happy summer!

Summer Solstice Meditation

4 Comments

  1. Nancy Lowry said,

    June 22, 2022 at 8:26 am

    Thank you for ‘your’ sweetness, Anne.
    From “Sweetness in the Belly” – Sweetness is a smile to cup in one’s hands.
    Namaste
    Nancy

  2. Rose-Marie Batley said,

    June 22, 2022 at 4:08 pm

    I 💚 your website – so interesting, inspiring, and comforting. I am going to try the meditations even tho’ I am a really awful meditator. Be well. Miss seeing you. Namaste, Rose-Marie


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