When is the best season to grieve? Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall?
Of course, no time is the best time. Especially for grieving the death of a loved one. And grief can feel like the longest day of forever.
As a grief therapist, I must say summer is the best time for healing. The energizing sunlight of summer works to your advantage. The earlier sunlit mornings entice us to face the day. Instead of staying buried in the covers as we would on a dreary winter morning, we get up – ready or not.
This last Tuesday marked the longest day of the year, Summer Solstice, the first day of summer.
The soothing, less hectic rhythms of summer can help us heal from grief, stress, and fragile states.
You can go outside to:
☀️Walk under a canopy of sunlit green.
☀️Connect with the earth through your bare feet.
☀️Or lie on your back gazing at the summer stars.
These all expand our spirit. It helps create an openness to connect with a higher frequency, something greater than ourselves.
Dr. Andrew Huberman, neuroscientist, recently spoke about the power of sunlight. He urged listeners to face the sun within the first forty-five minutes of its rising. Letting that natural energy seep in for a few minutes every day. Actually, connecting with the rays. Not through a window. Not wearing sunglasses. But allowing the sunlight to boost the serotonin in your brain. [According to the National Institutes of Health, one hour of sunlight in the morning, helps you sleep better at night.]
Summer ambles through time bringing soothing comfort. Days stretching from brilliant sunrises into twilight walks. You move at a slower pace with no judgment or self-criticism. And release seriousness with play, picnics, and adventures.
Give yourself permission to rest your body, relax your mind, and renew your energy. Re-align with the Wellbeing within.
☀️Did you celebrate Summer Solstice this last week?
☀️What did it look like, sound like, and feel like for you?
☀️Can you feel the shift in your breath? In your body?
If it slipped by you, give yourself a do-over. Imagine it now. The beginning of summer.
As a grieving person or someone supporting the grieving, will you re-structure your summer morning routine? Greet the sunrise with an upturned face? Embrace the warmth of first light’s golden rays? Will you take the opportunity to connect with the Wellbeing within?
It’s been a rainy start to Summer here in Portland. So, while waiting for the sun, here’s a little One Minute Energizer meditation I created over 2 decades ago. 🌻 Click here for Blooming Like a Sunflower. 🌻
Love all around, above, below, to the left and to the right, before you and behind you,
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