We cannot expect we can show up for others - our family, friends, colleagues, partners - as our best selves if we don't first show up for ourselves with the Courage and Strength (Leo qualities) to choose a higher choice for the expression of our Be-ing. To make the necessary internal changes to then be expressed on the world's stage. This is how we begin to live a whole human life, with Self-Leadership for our thoughts and choices, Self-Responsibility for what we create in the world, grounded in the Wisdom of the Body, the Truth of our Soul, crafted with Love and Care for Self and Others.
Mouna, or silence, is a Yogic practice of keeping quiet, and measuring one's expression of the senses.
To observe Input and Output.
Think about that for a moment.
Like the breath.
In practicing Mouna we become aware of boundaries, the liminal space between In and Out.
We become aware of our internal state, our feelings, just by getting quiet.
Summer Solstice is the half-way point of the year, the Summer Equinox, the start of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere.
If we consider the entire year as a cycle, this day in the Northern Hemisphere is when the energy of the sun is at its highest expression before it shifts direction, before the light descends steadily back into darkness until her sister, Winter Solstice, arrives.
And in the Southern hemisphere, today is when we have the darkest of days - an invitation to be at still and at peace in the dark - before coming back into the light.
We are all on this planet together. No matter which hemisphere we happen to be in, we will feel both the energies of light and dark, the duality that is the spiral of Nature.