Summer Solstice

Weekend Meditation

June 21, 2014: 7:28 AM Eastern Daylight Time
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Summer Solstice, from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), the so-called longest day of the year. It's the time to celebrate the sun and summertime and all that it offers: sticky, prodigious watermelons, velvety stone fruit, resolute zucchinis and bold, Rabelaisian tomatoes. Fireflies and fireworks and fire escapes. The opportunity to wear white linen shirts and buy too many ears of corn at the farmers market, or sit back and reap the rewards for your labors in the garden (resolute zucchinis indeed). This is the time of radiance and extroversion and plentitude. Don't sit it out!

What are you celebrating today? Be it the sun's long, light-filled zenith or a belated celebration of the ancient art of fatherhood or perhaps a birthday or anniversary or the harvest of your first bunch of radishes — whatever it is, may your day be lush and bright and filled with joy!

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I hope you enjoyed this encore, and slightly revised, Weekend Meditation, originally posted in June 2010. I will be posting these vintage posts every Sunday (with the occasional new post, if I can manage!) for the next several months while I focus on writing my first book.

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Dana Velden has just finished writing her first book: Finding Yourself in the Kitchen: Meditations and Recipes from a Mindful Cook which is based on her Weekend Meditation posts from The Kitchn. (Rodale Press, September, 2015) She lives in Oakland, CA.