Summer Solstice

We are approaching the summer solstice on June 21st, the official start of summer for the northern hemisphere, and the longest day of the year.

The summer solstice is an opportunity to tap into the light – the summer energy of blooming and growth.  Be open to the possibilities and the awareness that this growth may bring.  It is time to birth new ideas, bring forth those things you have set aside, and take another look at them.

This defined change is a chance to bring balance and harmony into our lives and re-center our beings.

Solstice practices to re-center your being:

Connect to nature: 
The world around you is vibrant and green and the energy of summer is one of growth – tap into this magic.  Spend time in nature, taking a walk and connecting to the plants and life around you. Exchange energy with the plants, receiving the gift of Mother nature and acknowledging the connection.  Put your fingers in the soil and earth.  Allow the growth energy to flow into you, while allowing anything that is holding you back to flow out into the earth to be renewed and replenished.  Notice the interconnected relationship to the nature around you, and the feelings it generates.

Sunshine and soul renewal:
As you spend time in nature, be in the summer sun.  Feel the sunlight on your skin, basking in its warmth and the comfort it brings.  Allow the sun to wash away stuck energy and fill your being with light.  Close your eyes and revel in these feelings,Summer Solstice - A bright summer sun shines in the background above a field of white daisies holding onto them to recreate this feeling in the future.

This is a powerful time to meditate – be open to the wisdom ready to come your way.  Take time to sit in meditation or perhaps follow a guided meditation. Set the intention to allow the wisdom you are seeking to come forth.  In this quiet space, allow your mind to guide you to this wisdom.  Be open, without steering and actively seeking a direction, but rather letting thoughts wander where they may.  Notice the feelings that come with these thoughts.  Do they feel good, showing you the thoughts that serve you?  Or do you get a sense of anxiety and perhaps recognize that these are thoughts that need shifting?  Change the direction of your thoughts if they take you to a negative space.  Instead, wander back a few steps to those thoughts that felt better, and follow this new path.

Fire release:
Perhaps you have emotions that you have been holding onto that do not serve you.  Take pieces of paper and on each piece, write down one thing you have been holding onto that you need to let go of.  Once you have written down everything you are ready to let go of, safely light a candle.  Hold each piece of paper to the candle and as it burns, consciously release that emotion or situation from your being.  Visualize it turning to dust and floating out of you.

Having a defined time such as solstice can be a great way to encourage one to take time for self-reflection and healing.  Journaling is about releasing the old and making way for the new, allowing your creativity-flow to birth new ideas and dreams.  Using your journal, allow whatever words are ready, to flow out onto the paper.  Let your being guide you.  Whatever comes is what you need to express. Step back and see if this time has been a birth, a release, or an unfolding of something you were not aware of.

I invite you to use this time as an opportunity for yourself. Share what the solstice means to you.

Many Blessings,



This debut memoir chronicles a woman’s spiritual exploration and growth as she overcame a disturbing childhood and helped others heal.

Brought to America from the Dominican Republic as a youngster, Molina-Marshall should have led a happy life. Her father was a diligent worker, and his large family wanted for nothing. But the author recounts that her dad had a drinking problem and was a serial philanderer. Molina-Marshall’s long-suffering mother left him for a woman. Then it was all downhill for the bright, 12-year-old girl, who was shuttled between foster care and relatives. According to the author, she was sexually abused by the husband of one of her siblings. This resulted in Molina-Marshall becoming alienated and moody. By 15, she simply tried to survive. In her favor were grit and a restless intelligence. She quit school, rented a room, and found a factory job. Time went by, and for a while she was happily married. Yet when her husband left her, her life truly began. She turned to religion for answers but decided that blaming God for her woes was a cop-out. 

In this absorbing and moving memoir, Molina-Marshall’s vivid storytelling is fearless. She frankly discusses the truths she discovered and the indignities she suffered. These admissions are disclosed with a touch of resignation and plenty of bite. However painful, everything she experienced was a lesson, and she bravely realized that she was part of the problem: “The fear of being hurt, rejected, or abused often led to me feeling lonely and misunderstood. No one knew the agonizing pain I felt being trapped in my thoughts and anger. I was becoming my biggest threat.” 

The author skillfully recounts her intricate spiritual journey. To deal with her psychic wounds, she searched for an inspirational system. Her open-mindedness led her to the interfaith concept—cherry-picking from various religions and spiritual movements, yoga, and Indigenous beliefs as a way of finding peace. Along with her female partner, she built a therapy practice, making use of every spiritual element that aided her and others. The road was bumpy, and she found that women of color in same-sex relationships were not welcomed everywhere. To do good works—and finally live on her own terms—she effectively overcame bigotry.

An engrossing, cathartic account of empathy and success through determination and confidence.

Pub Date: May 3, 2022   |    ISBN: 978-0-578-38315-6  |   Page Count: 264    | Publisher: From Trauma to Triumph  |   Review Posted Online: June 13, 2022