Perfect Moment Monday: Solstice*

by Lori Lavender Luz on June 22, 2009

in Mindfulness,Perfect Moment

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====================================Solstices and equinoxes make me mindful of the cycles of nature, the rhythms of the earth and the heavens. It is all so outrageously big, so brilliantly designed, so cosmically perfect, and *I* am a part of it!

(Reposting my thoughts from a previous solstice.)

From Latin: sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still).

The sun stands still. Today there is a brief period of suspension, like the planetary version of the top of the breath after a 6-month long inhale. And tomorrow the sun reverses into a 6-month long exhale.

Each summer and winter solstice, I think back to a class I took while I lived in Japan. I filled my weekends that year dabbling in shiatsu, cooking, Japanese language and macrobiotics.

I’ve remembered the most about the macrobiotics class. As the sensei introduced us to the way of life, he explained a few fundamentals. The one that goes with solstice, in my mind, was this:

When something reaches its zenith, it begins to become its opposite.

This, to me, is profound. We reach the peak of summer, and we then head toward winter. Once the darkest part of the night passes, day advances.

There is a constant ebb and flow. Happiness and sadness. Abundance and scarcity. Even life and death.

When something reaches its zenith, it begins to become its opposite.

*At 11:45 pm Saturday night, MDT.

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Kara aka Mother Henna April 7, 2010 at 2:41 am

Lovely to eConnect with you for Solstice!! Miracles to you…k-

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Kara aka Mother Henna April 7, 2010 at 2:41 am

Lovely to eConnect with you for Solstice!! Miracles to you…k-

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becomingwhole April 7, 2010 at 2:41 am

I love this. I love the idea of the earth breathing in and out throughout the year. Beautiful.

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Lollipop Goldstein April 7, 2010 at 2:41 am

I remember this thought blew my mind the first time I read it here. It’s such a great way to think about the ebb and flow of everything. To not get too comfortable in any one place.

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LJ April 7, 2010 at 2:41 am

My dad even brought up that “today is the longest day of the year” which made my husband groan “You had to go there didn’t you?”. My dad, oblivious figured it out when I said “Now, what sentiment follows?”. Days now get *sniffle* shorter. Sigh.

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becomingwhole April 7, 2010 at 2:41 am

I love this. I love the idea of the earth breathing in and out throughout the year. Beautiful.

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Lollipop Goldstein April 7, 2010 at 2:41 am

I remember this thought blew my mind the first time I read it here. It’s such a great way to think about the ebb and flow of everything. To not get too comfortable in any one place.

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LJ April 7, 2010 at 2:41 am

My dad even brought up that “today is the longest day of the year” which made my husband groan “You had to go there didn’t you?”. My dad, oblivious figured it out when I said “Now, what sentiment follows?”. Days now get *sniffle* shorter. Sigh.

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Sunny April 7, 2010 at 2:41 am

Wow, that is quite profound!

I am reaching my zenith of laziness right now, chowing M&Ms and watching HGTV… hopefully that means I’m moving towards cleaning the house. :)

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Furrow April 7, 2010 at 2:41 am

Your time in Japan sounds amazing.

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Bonnie April 7, 2010 at 2:41 am

I have never heard that “when something reaches it’s zenith it becomes it’s opposite”. I will be pondering that one today. Thanks Lori, I always enjoy reading about your past experiences like living in Japan. You’ve led such an interesting life!

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Sheri April 7, 2010 at 2:41 am

I loved your mini-lesson on the Solstice.

It reminded me of my yoga instructor who talks about the cycle of the breath. Inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale…and how it is so connected that there is no beginning and no end…just a continuous cycle…so it is with Mother Earth.

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Martha April 7, 2010 at 2:41 am

Wonderful thoughts, the circle of life.

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Sunny April 7, 2010 at 2:41 am

Wow, that is quite profound!

I am reaching my zenith of laziness right now, chowing M&Ms and watching HGTV… hopefully that means I’m moving towards cleaning the house. :)

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Furrow April 7, 2010 at 2:41 am

Your time in Japan sounds amazing.

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Bonnie April 7, 2010 at 2:41 am

I have never heard that “when something reaches it’s zenith it becomes it’s opposite”. I will be pondering that one today. Thanks Lori, I always enjoy reading about your past experiences like living in Japan. You’ve led such an interesting life!

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Sheri April 7, 2010 at 2:41 am

I loved your mini-lesson on the Solstice.

It reminded me of my yoga instructor who talks about the cycle of the breath. Inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale…and how it is so connected that there is no beginning and no end…just a continuous cycle…so it is with Mother Earth.

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Martha April 7, 2010 at 2:41 am

Wonderful thoughts, the circle of life.

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PFM April 7, 2010 at 2:41 am

I love this!

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Kristin April 7, 2010 at 2:41 am

I love that thought!

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PFM April 7, 2010 at 2:41 am

I love this!

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Kristin April 7, 2010 at 2:41 am

I love that thought!

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Kami April 7, 2010 at 2:41 am

I have been thinking about that line for the last couple of days. Today it occurred to me that I was a Winter Solstice baby (December 19 . . .3 days before the actual solstice that year) and LB is Summer. I hope we won’t be opposites!

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Kami April 7, 2010 at 2:41 am

I have been thinking about that line for the last couple of days. Today it occurred to me that I was a Winter Solstice baby (December 19 . . .3 days before the actual solstice that year) and LB is Summer. I hope we won’t be opposites!

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RobinJP April 7, 2010 at 2:41 am

And you can vote for Perfect Moment Project in the Most Inspiring category.
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RobinJP April 7, 2010 at 2:41 am

And you can vote for Perfect Moment Project Most Inspiring category.
If we inspire you…. =)

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