I’m rather excited because tomorrow is officially my favourite day of the year.
It’s the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky, and I am in my favourite City in the world.
What’s not to love?
Being a yogi, and a lover of nature, I always hold a celebration of this special day, and this year is no different, and what I love about it is that I can bring together from all over the World from wherever they are.
One of the silver linings of this pandemic is that my work went digital, and I am now confidently au fait with the workings of Zoom and hosting events online. We did it for Earth Day from Dubrovnik, with people from 12 countries from all over the World, and everyone loved seeing the space that we were, for many hadn’t visited before, nor did they know about the Lazereti.
So my mission for the Summer Solstice was to find the best venue I could to watch the sun go down, a place of natural beauty, that would inspire people to come to this beautiful area.
Of course everyone knows how special the Old Town is, but there are so many hidden gems in the surrounding areas, places to escape the crowds, and get some space and fresh air.
I had enjoyed the views from Park Orsula a few years back when running a retreat here, I knew it was the best view I had experienced, but I hadn’t yet seen it at sunset. This is when it really comes into it’s own.
The space itself is not what many would consider the run-of-the-mill yoga studio. It’s a stone amphitheatre, hand-built by Andro Vidak, surrounded by flora and fauna, herbs and trees, and the ground is somewhat rough and ready.
This matters not one bit to me. What I am looking for is the energy of the place, which I know sounds a tad hippy, but trust me, there is science to it.
“If you want to know the secrets of the Universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration”, said a certain Nikola Tesla when he was alive.
Everything has an electric current, and an electromagnetic field, including us, and when we spend time in places with a high vibrational frequency, we are positively affected by the place we are in. It literally raises our frequency.
We literally thrive in the right environment – our bodies and minds are affected at a cellular level when we spend time in places with a strong electromagnetic field.
I was introduced to this concept about 20 years back, in a book called The Celestine Prophecy, but back then I didn’t realise it was a scientific phenomenon, and then I found the work of Tesla. I often wonder whether that’s the reason I’m here in Croatia.
Tesla knew, but he was only just scratching the surface, and there’s so much more for us to discover and understand, I am sure.
What I do know is this, when we spend time in nature, in places of natural beauty, we feel better – mentally, physically, emotionally, perhaps even spiritually. It’s like we remember where we came from, the Earth, and that touches us.
There have been many books written about the healing power of nature, most recently, The Salt Path by Raynor Winn whose healing journey took place walking the South West Coast Path in Devon with her husband.
A similar healing journey was taken by Cheryl Strayed, who wrote the book “Wild”, which was later turned into a book.
It inspired by all those years back when I read it, and it inspires me still today.
When I think about the Summer Solstice this year, I have the words in my head that prompted my life goal of catching as many sunrises and sunsets as I can.
In these crazy times on the planet, the words remind me to look for the beauty in the world, and the most inspiring places, and that keeping my frequency high is a choice I can make.
“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every day, and you can choose to be there or not. You can put yourself in the way of beauty”, Cheryl Strayed.
For details about the Summer Solstice at Park Orsula visit behappyfit.co.uk
Gillie Sutherland grew up in the north of England, before settling in Devon, but has now swapped her UK address for one on the Adriatic in the very south of Croatia, in Konavle. A professional Wellness Consultant she now runs retreats and online courses from her Konavle base. She also writes a weekly column for the Devon newspaper, The Express and Echo.
To find out more about Gillie go to www.behappyfit.co.uk
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