Sun Gazing: An ancient practice with modern day benefits
In addition to the Sun being essential to life on earth, it also has potent healing powers for a wide range of physical and emotional imbalances.
The ancient practice of 'sun gazing' was an early morning, widely practiced, spiritual health ritual that you can do today to help you:
- Feel more connected to the earth and your environment
- Beat depression and clear mental fog
- Heal anxiety and emotional anguish
- Improve eyesight
- Boost immunity.
What is Sun Gazing?
Sun gazing is a ritual that was practiced for thousands of years by certain cultures upon the rising of the early morning sun.
They realised the sun's forces of light energy that were beneficial for elevating both physical and emotional health and wellbeing.
These brilliant cultures also acknowledged that the eyes are 'the portals' through which sunlight enters the body and realised the profound impact that the sunshine can have on healing the body and mind.
Thankfully today, many health conscious folks are leading a 'sun gazing' renaissance as they become aware of its many amazing health benefits.
How can sun gazing benefit me?
Firstly, it's important to note that Sun Gazing is not recommended during the day when the sun is at it's highest intensity - it is only recommended as an early morning ritual.
By gazing into the rising sun at dawn for short bursts, it can help stimulate the pineal gland - the area of your brain responsible for producing the ‘feel-good’ endorphins of melatonin and serotonin.
These same biochemicals also regulate your sleep and wake cycles, so for this reason, sun gazing can make you feel more energised, happier and even speed up your metabolism.
In addition, sun gazing will not only relax your eyes, over time it will also ‘train’ your eyes to have fewer eyesight problems such as light sensitivity and focusing issues.
How do I sun gaze?
The safest time to sun gaze is either at dawn or dusk when there is very little UV light, so that you won't risk damage to your retina.
Ideally, it’s best to find a nice place outside in nature, where you can have your shoes off to ‘earth’ and ground yourself. You want to be somewhere quiet with a clear horizon, unobstructed by buildings. The beach is ideal, but if you don't live anywhere near the water or are in a city, parks or mountains are great too!
Start off initially with short sun gazing sessions of only 5-10 minutes, and over time, you’ll notice that you can actually do it for longer periods as you and your eyes get used to the practice.
If you feel the sun is still a little too bright for you at these recommended times of day, when you gaze, hold your fist up to the horizon between your eyes and the sun in order to block the intensity of the brightness.
A ancient practice for today's fast paced world...
If you already walk or exercise first thing in the morning, why not get up slightly earlier and begin your day with 5-10 minutes of sun gazing beforehand?
Nothing beats getting your daily health rituals out of the way early in the day, and by making sun gazing a part of your morning routine, you'll 'set your tone' for the day and you'll notice the benefits in a very short time.
But if you're less of a morning person or your work schedule doesn't allow it, I encourage you to find the time at the end of the day at least 3-4 days a week, to incorporate this beautiful ancient practice into your self care routine.
You body, mind and soul will love you for it!