Today marks the first day of the 2022 summer season in the Northern Hemisphere.
Solstice comes from the Latin word solstitium. Sol meaning “sun,” and stitium means “still.”
How often are you “still”?
Blaise Pascal once said, “All of men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.”
These days one of the most uncomfortable things we can be asked to do is sit in an empty room alone without any distractions. No smartphone, TV, or other digital devices. No music, no video games, nothing. Why? Because we are addicted to the dopamine hits we get from “Likes,” “Comments,” and “heart emojis.” We’ve taken the bait, hook, line, and sinker.
We buy into things that aren’t true, and we kick our authenticity to the curb living an empty and unsatisfying life because it is too DAMN UNCOMFORTABLE to be “still.” So on this day of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and the shortest night, do what the sun does, be still.
“Quiet yourself so that you can hear the whispers of destiny.” -Annie M. Fonte