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Midsummer night’s dream

The summer solstice resonates with spiritual meaning, and reflects our inner rhythms. Jini Reddy looks at ways to make it a special time of emotional renewal


About an hour before dawn, I rose from my yurt, grabbed a blanket and walked sleepily to a nearby meadow. My head torch picked up a scattering of ox-eye daisies blinking in the dark. In the Devon field, a warming fire was glowing and, together with a small, silent group of people, I sat awaiting the sunrise, which came as a burst of pink rippling through grey clouds.

Despite the chill in the air and my drowsiness, I was struck by the intimacy and simplicity of the scene; the feeling of communion. The dawn chorus has rarely sounder sweeter, and I felt a delicious peace seeping into my bones. This was the summer solstice, the start of the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, and a cause for celebration for millennia.

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