Lessons of the land, Nature

Summer Solstice

In astronomical terms, the summer solstice marks the beginning of summer in the Northern hemisphere. Just to confuse things a little, you may also hear this time of year referred to as ‘midsummer.’ This year, the summer solstice falls on Friday 21st June and will mark the longest day and the shortest night of the year. This means that the light reaches its peak, after which we cross over the threshold into the second half of the year. Light after the summer solstice begins its slow but sure decline towards the shortest day of the year on December 21st, winter solstice.

Transitioning to the second half of the year can provoke a sense of sadness, overwhelm or leave us feeling unprepared and rushed (anyone else wondering where the first half of the year went?!) Us humans commonly have a preference for the light (not to mention warmth) so thinking of its retreat is not easy. However the earth, if we allow it, can be a good teacher of balance. Year on year we witness darkness and light rise and fall, and give way to one another through the seasonal cycle, always moving, always changing and always returning.

Being aware of what is going on in our outer world can help us to connect to and learn more about our inner worlds. In this article I will discuss where we are currently in the seasonal cycle and suggest ways in which we can use this to cultivate inner reflection and growth.

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Recovery, Relationships

Recovering from a Break Up

There has been a fair bit of change since my last blog post over 8 months ago. In hindsight, beginning a brand new blog in the midst of a break up was perhaps a bit ambitious (or stupid..) but I am back, and what better place to return than with a bit about what has been happening since the last time I posted…

It is fast approaching a year since my last relationship broke down. After 4 years together, Mr C broke the news that he was leaving, 2 months after we had celebrated my 30th birthday together.  To say I was devastated feels like an understatement. He had been distant for a few months prior to his announcement, but I had put it down to some big life changes that he had been going through. To me, we had built a relationship that felt strong, loving and honest, so I was shook to my core as I watched him pack up his half of our life into boxes around me. He left 3 days later. Continue reading “Recovering from a Break Up”

Recovery

The Amalgamation of Me

Amalgamation: the action, process or result of combining or uniting.

Turning 30 earlier this year stimulated a great deal of reflection upon my life so far. Recalling major life events, losses, experiences and relationships as a new decade approached.

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Recovery

What is Recovery?

The standard definition of the word recovery is ‘a return to a normal state of health, mind or strength.’ Recovery is typically associated with being cured, or becoming symptom free.

Whilst recovery in this sense may be achieved more easily in some areas of our health, when it comes to our mental health, being ‘symptom free’ is often an unrealistic standard for many. Continue reading “What is Recovery?”