“do you ever wait for the longest day of the year and then miss it?
i always wait for the longest day of the year and then miss it!”
-f. scott fitzgerald, the great gatsby
image credit: google images
today is the summer solstice which marks the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere and the shortest in the southern hemisphere. cultures around the world have marked the solstice throughout history as a moment of importance both for the changing of the seasons and for our relationship with the sacred.
this solar moment marks what is known as liminal space, or space between. the concept of liminality is more than just a space between two distinct times; it’s also a space in which rules are temporarily lifted, and roles are reversed.
if the concept of liminality seems new to you, think about all of the liminal spaces in your own life, birthdays are a great example as they’re a space between ages and you’re granted temporary permission to do exactly as you please. part of liminity is that it shows up to transform you, and then it ends. in the example of your birthday, you’re now a new age.
“the question is not what you look at, but what you see.
it is only necessary to behold the least fact or phenomenon,
from a point a hair’s breadth aside from our habitual path or routine,
to be overcome, enchanted by its beauty and significance.”
― henry david thoreau
art credit: cy twombly, le jour ni l’heure: quatre sagioini: estate (the four seasons – summer)
credits: emily ridout, elephant journal, merriam-webster dictionary
now that the day of winter solstice has passed
we are already adding seconds/minutes of daylight to each new day
working our way back toward the summer solstice
i hope to use the extra light wisely.
6,400,099,980 moments constitute a single day. every single one of those moments provides an opportunity to reestablish our will. even the snap of a finger provides us with sixty-five opportunities to wake up and to choose actions that will produce beneficial karma and turn our lives around.”
-dogen zenji-13th century zen master
(as quoted by ruth ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being.)