Summer Solstice

June 21st is my favorite day of the year because it’s the longest day of the year. Summer solstice is the day the sun reaches its northern most point in the sky, giving us more daylight than any other day of the year.

The days leading up to summer solstice are my second favorite days of the year because, like the lead up to any big event, the anticipation is as or more exciting than the event itself.

It’s been my experience that our bodies are somewhat wired to the changing seasons. Do you find yourself more energetic in the summer? Are you able to rise earlier as does the sun? Do you have more energy at 8 o’clock on summer nights than you do at 8 o’clock at night in the dead of winter?

Research suggests our sleep patterns are linked to the phases of the moon.

There’s also plenty of research that supports the theory that we mere mortals get somewhat depressed when hours of sunlight diminish in late fall and winter.

Though scientists link depression with sleep and darkness, I think sunlight emits an intangible element that energizes our souls!

There’s a positive aspect to Fall and winter’s lack of sunlight, too.

If not for the darker colder seasons, we might not appreciate warmer, brighter seasons. So, bask in the sunshine!

Mangia & Enjoy!

One Response to “Summer Solstice”

  1. June 21, 2014 at 10:35 am #

    I find the “research” dubious at best. It ignores some other tangibles that accompany summer, most especially the oppressive heat and humidity, plus insect infestation. And I seem to recall some research years ago indicating that tempers (both human and non) rise with ambient temperatures, causing conflict far easier than in cooler weather.

    Any adult infatuation with summer, I believe, is linked to those semi-conscious memories of childhood when we ran out of the schoolyard for the last time in June, rejoicing in that unfettered feeling that we were “free” for the next 10 warm weeks, until those cooling autumn temperatures would herald a return to nine months of academic incarceration. Who the hell wouldn’t like to be off all summer?

    But most adults have to trudge on through those dog days, so give me a the clear, dry, cool and comfortable days of fall, with no need of an overcoat, nor of air conditioning. Personally, I can see the beauty in both an early morning sunrise and a star-encrusted evening. Both kinds of light can energize me.

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