There is something magical about the Solstice Sun. I wake up as early as I can on the Solstice to enjoy every possible minute. I adore summertime car rides with the windows down, spearmint snoballs, and the joy of baseball. The beach is sacred space, and a summer night’s breeze can cure what ails you. The mystical reminder of the sun standing still gives me energy. It reminds us of how the sun anchors our vitality.
Vitality is formally defined as, “the power giving continuance to life, present in all living things; exuberant physical strength or mental vigor.” Vitalityis having pep in your step… zest… bounce. Vitalityis living with a sparkling passion.
Vitality is a twinkle in your eye when you behold someone you love. It’s choosing to see and seek the bright side even when the world is gray. Vitality is walking into a room and bringing the sunshine with you, actively radiating GOOD to all of those within the reach of your rays.
Too many things and people are roadblocks for living with vigor and fire. Phones, negative attitudes, financial strain, and divisive politics zap our gusto. Some people within our social circle and family suck the life right out of us. Finding meaning and purpose in Life means finding the sun in spite of our circumstances. It also means choosing to BE the sun – bringing fire, life, and vigor.
It’s tough to ask, “Am I infusing life into situations or am I sucking the life out of those around me?” It’s not easy to turn off the TV, or leave the phone across the room, or to avoid people who take away our joy. But the meaningful and contented life we seek is rooted in our need for Vitality—mental, physical, and emotional.
I live with a chronic illness, and some days I win the battle and some days it gets the best of me. The irony in all of this is that my illness requires that I stay out of the sun’s rays. I must enjoy it from the shade. After a recent rough patch, my doctor said, satisfactorily, “I see vitality.” For me that was a great victory. It was something that I had no idea that I needed to hear. It means that I am brining the sunshine. It means I am living one of my favorite words—joie de vivre. It doesn’t mean that I don’t and won’t have stormy days. It doesn’t mean I will always bring Light. But, for me, and perhaps you, Vitality can mean we are capable of having our own Solstice – the sun can stand still—in our lives. The glory of the Sun standing still means that we can soak it all in and radiate it to others. More and more I know with all my being that we need one another to serve as guides through this life. We need one another to be Light during the dark turns on our path. Enjoy the Solstice…. and then let the sun stand still within you. We need your Vitality, too.
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