It was a very full Father's Day here today, with a feast last night, and an early feast today with family, including my Dad. Having strong men in my life, quite simply, makes me happy.
We ate big before lunchtime so that I could begin my four-day fast for the Solstice. I honor the Sun each year for it's masculine energy of warmth and growth, and for it's feminine Creator qualities, too. I love talking with my children about what the Sun does for us. Today Miles stated that, "Without the Sun, there would be no life on Earth. So basically, we owe the Sun thanks for our lives."
My reasons for fasting is to reaffirm my commitments to my family, my community, the land I live on, and to my soul-self. Plains Indians fast during the Sun Dance, in a ceremony of prayers, dancing, renewal, community strengthening and gratitude to Creator for all that is given. Because I'm doing this ceremony amidst regular daily life, I eat nuts, berries, greens, and drink water.
If anyone feels called to join me, you will not be alone. Participants of the SouLodge Summer Solstice mini-Course with Mountain Lion are all taking measures to make the Solstice more meaningful this year, with many planning to dance on Wednesday/Thursday to honor the longest day of the year and the abundant harvest and blessings that surround us all. If you just happen to find yourself dancing in front of a camera in honor of the Solstice, please include your vimeo or youtube link in the comments! I shared this video on Facebook yesterday for inspiration :)