Wednesday, 09 July 2014 14:41

Sun love, sacred offerings and the best summer ever

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“Here comes the sun little darling… and it’s all right.” The sun has arrived my friends and our over-saturated rain soaked bodies and saturated lands can now have some breathing space.

I am so grateful for the sun. It warms me up. Awakens. Restores. Inspires. And I have seen the impact the sun has had on others. It brings us out of the winter blues. It gets us into the earth, planting, tending and dreaming. It gets us out of our houses and into the markets, the outdoors, and connecting with others and with ourselves. The sun gets us out of our heads and into our bodies and our hearts.
A year ago last summer, I was in Bali, Indonesia with a delicious group of soul sisters and divine friends. The sun greeted us every morning with the fragrant scent of frangipani and incense in the air. All was new. All was fresh. We were completely awake. This was summer. This was sun. This was adventure. The best “how I spent my summer vacation story” ever.
I was incredibly awake. I was present. I slowed down. I listened to the voice within — the little girl in me. I watched the sun awaken the community. First the roosters crowing. Then the blessings and offerings being made for the Balinese temples. Farmers looking out onto their rice fields as the sun and its rays peaked over the mountain. The suns rays and brilliant light turning the land into a bounty of colour. More shades of green than you can imagine. Welcome to the day.
I miss the taste of stillness and the power of going slow. I miss the daily recognition that everything is an offering and a blessing to the universe. My time in Bali was a sacred one. The Balinese people honour and recognize the power of the universe in all they do. On every sidewalk, in every doorway, every alley, and every home, you would see small offerings to the gods, the heavens, the universe — a sacred way to be thankful for the day. Just as the sun peaks over the horizon, a new day of possibilities, love, kindness, and sacred relationship with all that there is arrives.
Whether you go to Bali, Lac Pelletier, or to your backyard, summer is a time of pure joy.  We may not make shrines and offerings to the sun every morning, but we can choose how we awaken to the day. We can choose how we spend our summer. The summer sun is here for you and greeting you every day. How will you live your day as an offering?
How will you spend your summer and honour these limited days we have? Will you slow down? Speed up? Have slow sips of coffee on your deck in the morning? Have barbecues? Block parties? Trips to the beach and the backyard? Finding quiet moments alone, lying on the grass looking up at the glorious summer sun?
My invitation: Mary Oliver says it best in her poem so perfectly titled The Sun. I invite you to receive these words like a blessing and prayer for your heart. May they inspire you to truly have the “best summer ever.”
The Sun
have you ever seen anything in your life more wonderful
than the way the sun, every evening,
relaxed and easy, floats toward the horizon
and into the clouds or the hills, or the rumpled sea,
and is gone —
and how it slides again
out of the blackness, every morning, on the other side of the world,
like a red flower
streaming upward on its heavenly oils,
say, on a morning in early summer,
at its perfect imperial distance —
and have you ever felt for anything
such wild love —  do you think there is anywhere, in any language,
a word billowing enough for the pleasure
that fills you, as the sun reaches out, as it warms you
as you stand there,
empty–handed —
or have you too turned from this world —
or have you too
gone crazy
for power,
for things?
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