The Yin Yang of the Solstice

June 21, 2010

It’s the summer solstice where I live – the longest day of the year. A lover of warmth and light, I celebrate the day with a mixture of emotions. At the same time that I rejoice in the light and beginning of summer, there’s the knowledge that from now on the days will gradually shorten. The concept of Yin-Yang expresses this perfectly – in the light half resides the seed of darkness, in the dark half resides the seed of light.

It seems as I grow older, the two sides of the coin of life are more evident in every experience. When young, I would be totally happy or totally sad, and at some level there was actually a belief that life could be all one way or another. As I age, with more and more up and down waves of living under my belt, there’s a sense of the impermanence of all experiences. Love is tinged with the knowledge of loss, and life takes on an increasingly bittersweet quality. Sadness dances in happiness and joy dances in sorrow. There is an incredible aliveness in this. Life itself dancing in my heart!


Related post: Musings on the Winter Solstice six months ago — Finding Harmony in Diversity with Meditation


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  2. John Adams on June 21st, 2010 4:13 pm

    Beautiful thoughts. Thank you for sharing. All those years seeing the Yin Yang symbol and it never occurred to me to reflect on the small circles.

  3. Mary on June 21st, 2010 4:43 pm

    Same here, John. It was only recently that someone pointed that out to me. Those small circles are significant! You’re welcome.

  4. elena on June 28th, 2010 2:18 pm

    hello, Mary.

    it’s true, the bittersweetness of life. i once mentioned this to someone (a stranger) when i was in the midst of personal tragedy while also being happily engaged in a loving relationship. She commented that one can’t have joy without sorrow, love without hate… etc. I’ve often puzzled over it for many years now… and, now i realize i can embrace all (good and bad) experiences that life offers, completely embody it, while at the same time not being attached to it. it seems to me, to be the paradoxical nature of being alive.

  5. Mary on June 28th, 2010 3:05 pm

    Beautifully put, elena, and how blessed to reach this place!

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