Summer Solstice

The word solstice derives from Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still) (Wikipedia)
Around the world, the celebration of the summer solstice involves different rituals, gatherings, holidays and events. A common theme is lighting, the “bonfire”………….
I think the alignment of the elements, fire, air, water, between the earth and the sky, seem to be in the perfect blend. The trees are considered to be at their maximum healing powers. With this theme we are planning our celebrations at the Rancho Margot. The celebrations will begin with the bonfire, as we gather with our guitar, drums and, armed with firewood, surrounded by the water of lake arenal, the volcano, mountain and trees. Sitting on the sand, grounded to the earth, a perfect start to the chakra meditation; As the beating of the drums, the chanting, and singing to the music of the guitar, will release any blocked energy in the Sushumna channel………
Sushumna is the central channel, keeping the energy flowing in this Nadi allows one to be balanced in all aspects of life, and keeping this channel open allows one to tap into the divine intelligence. Either side the Sushumna, are the Ida and the Pingali, nadis, the former signifying the feminine, white, cool energy of the moon and the latter the red, hot and masculine energy of the sun. From the first, Muladhara chakra, Ida and Pingala alternate at each chakra until they reach Ajna chakra where they meet again with Sushumna.”
“The seven chakras of the subtle body, are psychic centers that lie along the axis of the spine. The chakras are not materially real and are to be understood as situated, not in the gross body, but in the subtle or etheric body. Repositories of psychic energies, they govern the whole condition of being. They are usually represented as lotuses.”
We will continue our celebration of the summer solstice, with early morning trek to the Mirador, the lookout point overlooking the Arenal Volcano. With the rising of the sun we perform the rituals. Beginning with the sun salutation, we smudge sage smoke to cleanse and release any blocked energy; followed by spraying the infused herbal water on our face, as we finally sit in meditation. Preparing the two hemispheres of the brain by the nadi shoda, alternate nostril breathing, and the guided chakra energy balancing to open the Sushumna.

Tu Eres Mi Otro Yo – (You Are My Other Self).  A Mayan concept of unity, we learn to be ourselves through our relationships with others.

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