Jun 20 2012
Summer starts this afternoon–the longest day of the year, the season most of us wait impatiently all year for. Summer conjures up bare feet, watermelon, squirt guns, and the beach. The ancients celebrated the earth and the yin forces on summer’s arrival. People honored midsummer with bonfires, some people decorated a midsummer tree and danced around in a ritual intended to bring rain. Pirates believed a ship could sail off the world and into the sun on the solstice. How will you celebrate summer’s arrival today? Make it your priority to celebrate summer’s gifts as you follow the seven steps of The Way.Take your morning meditation walk when the air is like velvet. Practice your yoga moves outdoors. Dine outdoors. Spend your afternoons swimming. Sip fresh juice of iced tea. Enjoy a glass of chilled wine on your patio in the evenings as you listen to the songs of the birds. And if you need a good summer’s read, I suggest my new book: Seasons of the Vineyard. You will want to escape to the Sonoma Valley.