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Summer comes at the wrong time of year for bathing suit shopping! After spending the better part of five months holed up inside sheltered from winter’s wet and cold, I wear the resultant pallor on my face and body. It is with this less than glowing “look” that I enter the dreaded changing room to try on swimwear as I prepare for the warmth of summer. I can’t say I am enamored of the experience.
Changing room lighting is the most unflattering lighting ever. It accentuates all my very visible flaws and makes me look sallow, sickly and old. And it really doesn’t matter what store it is – high or low end – they’re all the same. Then there are the mirrors. They all seem to have been acquired in a fire sale from a local funhouse. This deadly changing room combination of lighting and mirrors coalesce to make me look fatter, more withered, uglier, more wrinkled and droopier than the reflection I have of myself at home. Am I just kidding myself? Have I been in illusion all winter long?
I should have lived in the early 1900′s when women wore “bathing costumes” to the beach. These covered everything from neck to calves. Okay, maybe they were a bit cumbersome in the water and a bit hot to wear, but they did provide protection from the critical eyes of others.
No such luck with today’s bathing suits. At my age, they are all way too skimpy for me to be seen wearing out in public. Although I can accept my body’s aging when alone or in the company of my loved ones, I am not so accepting when baring myself in a bathing suit where others can see me. My vanity and pride get the better of me and I become very self-conscious about my aging, non-elastic skin. My wise self tells me that there’s not much I can do about it and that I need to take deep breaths to accept the physical signs of aging. However, no matter how much I try, some breaths are just shallower then others.
My solution for my bathing suit angst is to stay covered up on the beach or in the shade. When I do venture into the water to cool off or swim, you can be sure that I do it with speed and alacrity, all the while wishing for those bathing costumes of long ago.
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June 21, The Summer Solstice, is the longest day of the year. The sun has reached his zenith and blazes, down on Earth. Although it occurs (June 21-24) in the month of Cancer (the Crab), it is symbolized by Leo the Lion.
We look forward to this seasonal change to be able to relax, recharge and release our bodies. As we continue to make peace with our adult bodies, Summer gives us the extra boost, to keep moving forward. The heat and the time we get to spend outside with nature allow us to ground ourselves and to extend our hearts to the Sun Goddess.
The first Circle Gathering was a success because I prepared for it with an internal message of, success is not only measured by the numbers but the energy in which we enter the space.
We shared; how we enter the Healthworks space, what motives us and what we need to keep moving ahead. We are still at the beginning of the Circle and the participants will continue to define it, keeping the original message of, cultivating your power, honoring your body and sharing your stories and hope that each cultural group will bring its own flavor. The ingredients from each will then blend and give birth to something new at Healthworks.
We have had a long winter and our bodies are tight. We also live in an age of technology where many of us spend long hours sitting in front of the computer. For the upcoming group on June 23, at 6pm, we will celebrate the Summer Solstice and Renee will join us to share neck relaxation techniques. Renee states that “ the neck likes to do a lot of work to make up for weaknesses in other areas. Giving 5 to 10 minutes to relax the neck will bring awareness to how tight the area is.”
We hope to see you at The Circle, if not, we will be back in September. Until then, Salute the Sun, embrace the Heat and allow yourself to let go and be free during this season.