“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows”

-Helen Keller

The Best Part of Waking Up

Few things in life are as instantly uplifting as sunshine. Just thinking of a bright sunrise can put a smile on my face and help me feel motivated for the day. The Native Americans of the Great Plains had a daily ritual of greeting the sun. They would wake just before sunrise every morning and take a walk towards the rising sun to greet the day.

In the rush of the morning I more frequently find myself reaching towards a cup of coffee, bustling around to get ready, and rushing off to the tasks of the day. But all too often this type of morning ritual leaves me tired and groggy. It’s amazing how long you can be awake, without ever truly waking up.

Soak in the Sunshine

The Sun is what brings life to the Earth. Plants open their buds and spread their leaves to feel the warm invigorating light it brings. Our lives can be so disconnected from the Earth that it’s easy to forget we are a part of it too. Just like plants soak in sunlight to grow, we absorb vitamins and energy from the Sun. Walk through this exercise with me today for a positive and invigorating way to have more energy and feel uplifted.

If your schedule and the weather permits, do this exercise in the sunshine. If you are unable, simply hold a picture in your mind of a bright and beautiful sunrise. See the golden rays of light reaching out to touch the earth. Beautiful tones of orange and yellow fill you with vigor and energy. The beautiful blue contrast of the sky clears your mind. Edges of clouds tinted in pink and gold bring you positive thoughts and motivation for the day.

Feel the sunshine on your skin. The warm caress of light reaches through, to your core, filling you with energy and happiness. It lights a spark of sunshine within you and you can feel this light radiating out from your center. Holding the energy of the sunlight in your heart brings a smile to your face. You feel more positive and motivated for the challenges of the day. You can face each new situation with a smile and a song in your heart. This sunshine you radiate can uplift the people you meet as well, making the day around you happy and bright.

Walking with Sunshine

As you go through your week try to keep the invigorating feeling of the Sun in your heart. Notice how it affects your mood and your energy. Do you feel more positive and capable of handling the day before you? When you walk through the day with sunshine, can you notice it shining out to the people around you? Are others more frequently uplifted, just from seeing the sunshine you hold within? Keep the Sun with you this week and share your experiences of walking with the sunshine.