June 21st is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. And while longest doesn’t mean the sunniest, it’s the day that the sun is at its northern most point in the sky and we receive the greatest amount of daylight hours of the year. It was a rather dreary weather day here on the island but I didn’t mind. There was much to look forward to.
This also being International Day of Yoga, my day started early with a free yoga class. What a blessing that the island has not one, not two, but three brilliantly talented and gorgeous yoga instructors. Before leaving the house I chose an angel card.
The angels want you to know this is a light-filled time in your life…This is the time for you to fill your heart with a warm feeling of gratitude.
You are like a gardener who plants seeds and nurtures them because she has faith that her labors will yield new growth.”
Afterwards, I was led to look up a Sanskrit word, something that would follow the gratitude theme that was leading my day so far. Hṛ́dya (herd-ya) means “being in the heart”— and also “inward, innermost, beloved, cherished, grateful”. Perfect isn’t it?
Here in Ireland, and a bunch of other countries all around the world, it’s also Father’s Day. We tend to not go over the top with holidays in our house, but still, it’s nice to show extra appreciation on occasions like this. The children made cards and baked and gave Johnny extra cuddles and hugs. He was only woken once by the children as he dozed in front of the television this early evening, and that was to give him a hug.
I was very touched by the facebook posts of friends and family. My heart ached dearly for those who were missing their own dads, grateful for the time they had shared. Still others knowing how fortunate they were to be near them on this day. I celebrated both my dads, one who has passed and one still here on earth.
The flower photos are some of what is blooming in my garden now, taken earlier in the week. I hope you enjoy their happy, sunny colourfulness, and that you also found joy and much to be grateful for in this day. As it’s about to come to an end, so is this brief but heartfelt post. Once again I close with these parting words–
Slán agus oiche mhaith, goodbye and good night. Melissa Xx