Summer Solstice

Summer solstice marks the longest day of the year. Cait Johnson and Maura Shaw in Celebrating the Great Mother write, “Summer is a celebration of the earth’s incredible bounty.”  

Bushes, they write, are heavy with berries, and the mulberry tree is dripping with fruit. On my walks in the bosque, I can pick the mulberries straight off the tree, and they are superbly rich and sweet.

Tomatoes ripen and “zucchini appear magically overnight in the garden.” There’s magic everywhere in this sweet, perfect ripening. Sometimes, we’re not sure it will or can happen, and then, there it is. The harvest reminds us of this -- tells us to nurture and be patient, to be attentive and hopeful. 

The peak of the sun’s strength reminds us to consider our own strengths, our own peaks, and to recognize how we’ve grown, ripened and matured. 

Johnson and Shaw write, “It’s a good time to remember that we, like the sun, contain the power to nurture and sustain, and that we have a responsibility to burn as  brightly as we can.” 

Please indulge heartily in summer’s harvest. Today, mark the shift into this season of abundance, this time of fulfillment, this super hot and super intense time that calls us to play and rest in equally lusty measures.