Early morning times are healing and refreshing due to a myriad of reasons, besides soaking golden UV rays.
Awakening to pink dawns are glorious and magical, and that wonder can linger through the day though we are not sure what inspired such hidden ecstasy.
Sometimes, wide awake, fresh as a daisy, I have had the privilege to see the most awesome golden dawn with the sun sparkling up the river close to our home. A feeling of peace and tranquility fills me and I have experienced some spiritually lifting meditations. Needless to say, those days, I have had really spiritually rich morning and felt ready to take on a tiger!
Spending time with creation and the Creator basking in nature enables people to face tough things with renewed strength. This is what the Holy Spirit pours into us when we spend time in His Presence.
Here are some of the benefits of waking up early and enjoying the early morning sun:
- Releases Joy: Sunrise is a beautiful time of day. It is a time of fresh beginnings as the Spring of life when the planet is awakening up to newness. Plants, flowers, buds open, birds and most animals awaken and in this aura of awakening and freshness, nature lavishes and nourishes your soul with its richness.
- Fights Diseases: The early morning sun has healing virtue, and the rays, called ultraviolet rays help the body to produce vitamin D and activate it within the body, very key to building up immunity, and strengthen bones, blood cells, and enables the body to absorb calcium and phosphorus needed for strong bones and stable mental health. Vitamin D is also a COVID-19 fighter and drawing in the early morning sun will be very therapeutic for you.
- Removes Depression: The sun’s rays enable the activation of vitamin D, which in turn speeds up metabolism in the system releasing chains of hormones, and D which is a fighter of depression. It is said that in countries in the North Pole such as Finland, which have very little sun, people suffer from depression known as SAD, seasonal affective disorder occurs in climates where there is less sunlight at certain times of the year.
Symptoms include fatigue, depression, hopelessness, and social withdrawal.
Treatment includes light therapy (phototherapy), talk therapy, and medication for some people.
- Helps You To Get Sleep At Night: The ultraviolet rays in the sun stimulates a hormone in the body called melatonin that is crucial to helping you sleep well at night and relax. Most people rarely get sun, either enclosed in AC atmospheres or central heating in cold regions. People may be late risers, and never talk a walk in the early morning, or soak up the early ultraviolet rays even in their verandas, thus many keep popping in pills to sleep. It would be far more relaxing and euphoric to soak up the sun instead, releasing all the melatonin in the body to enable a good night’s sleep.
- Sun Gazing, A Form of Meditation Connecting to Solar Energy Is Healing: In many cultures, people worship the Sun because they have understood its healing, restorative powers. They say one should avoid looking directly at the Sun, so it would be after to expose your face to the Sun without directly staring at it though they advocate starting directly at the Sun. Sungazing is looking at the Sun during early sunrise and red sunset, to connect with the Sun and soak in its powerful energy. Never look directly at the bright sun, and never during a solar eclipse; perhaps you can avoid staring at the sun but look towards it for it is possible it could cause damage to sensitive eyes.
People say being in the early morning Sun increases their energy levels, diminishes stress, and helps them feel more grounded, centered, and positive. It is said that the sun is the chief source of energy to the earth, and the solar energy it gives us has been venerated since the earliest civilizations.
In a Nutshell, the Benefits of Early Morning and Evening Sun Soaking Are:
Fights fatigue, weakness, and drowsiness.
Regulates and normalizes hormones and the circadian rhythm ( recurring naturally on a twenty-four-hour cycle, even in the absence of light fluctuations).
Since the sun is cyclic, meaning it rises and sets every single day, connecting with this cycle can help regulate our body’s own natural rhythm.
Improves sleep quality.
Eases skin conditions like psoriasis, acne, and eczema.
Increases vitamin D production and revitalizes bone health and eliminates depression.
Decreases the risk for certain cancers.
There are loads of scientific researches to suggest that sunlight plays a part in regulating melatonin, a hormone that controls your circadian rhythm and is linked to sleep. It is believed that sun gazing activates the pituitary gland, a part of the endocrine system linked to the secretion of hormones. The science in this is explained by Begum-Hossain, a believer in sun gazing who says, “Within the eye’s retina, there are photosensitive cells, which connect with our pituitary gland and when light is received by the pituitary gland, it makes the mind and body feel more balanced.”
- Spiritual Wholeness: Our brain, body, soul, spirit is renewed by sleep, refreshed, unless of course one suffers from sleep apnea, waking up feeling more miserable! The morning is generally when our spirits are more receptive, refreshed, and open. The mornings are like tender buds waiting to open up. Time soaked in God’s presence will anoint our day when we give Him our first fruits, the first time. A special anointing flows out of that day! In most religions, people give their first time to God. The dawn times are filled with heavenly dew and manna to deeper and fresher degrees.
Giving those fresh morning hours revives us in ways we cannot imagine throughout the day. Fresh thoughts pour in, insights, guidance, and wisdom.
Mornings times have proven to be invigorating, reviving, and life-changing for many! We may want to lie asleep to the comfort of our flesh, but it takes a golden decision to awaken to the dawn and experience a new wondrous life of rhapsody and ecstasy.