Sun Gazing: Do You Do This Early Morning High Performance Ritual?
Do you sun gaze or at least connect to the early morning sun as a daily practice? Are you aware of the incredible mental, physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of such a daily ritual?
While many of us know about high-performers morning habits such as making their bed, planning their day and exercising, connecting with early morning sunlight is not so well know.
As understood by most ancient cultures, the master regulator of all our internal health and performance cycles is the cycle of the sun. Most advanced traditional cultures throughout time have started their day greeting the sun through an ancient ritual called ‘sun gazing’. (Others, as in India along the Ganges river, do things like Yoga 'sun salutes' while facing East as the sun rises).
More and more high-level business performers are now understanding that our optimum human performance clock is synced to the cycles of Mother Nature. As such they make sure they get outside to reap the incredible mental, physical and emotional benefits of morning sunlight through the eyes. (Many of us today live in artificially lit homes and work in artificially lit offices and are 'mal-illuminated'.)
Benefits of morning sunlight exposure include;
• improved energy & immune function
• stimulation of healthy brain chemistry
• the ultimate mood-booster (anti-depressant) & emotional balancer • optimal weight through its effects on metabolic and thyroid function
• regulation of our entire internal body clock
* A key benefit is in assisting optimal sleep at night ... as our sleep cycle regulation starts first thing in the morning!
Now, while the ancients understood that the sun will not harm the human eye in the first 45 minutes of sunrise ... the first 10 degrees of arc, you don't necessarily have to look directly at the sun - 'sun gaze'. (If you do, this should strictly only be done in the first 30-45 minutes of sunrise and for very short periods - seconds - to begin with.) However, even indirect sunlight through the eyes will bring significant benefits. The main thing is to actively get outside for at least a few minutes early morning to sync your physiology with our planets No.1 source of life-energy, vitality and positivity. And if you can combine exercise, earthing (see my blog)) &/or connection with others at the same time, all power to you.
The sun (Surya), often maligned in our modern world was traditionally understood and indeed honoured for being the central to all life and every aspect of human health. We just need to respect it and connect with it in the right way ... not too much but also not too little.
The importance of early morning sunlight exposure for optimal #health and #workperformance #wellbeing Do you make a daily practice of connecting with the sun or at least getting outside in the early-morning? What do you do and what difference does it make to your life and your work performance? I'm sure others would love to hear your inspiration.
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Daily Habits of High Achievers - 3 Key Morning Rituals
Research shows that those who consistently perform at high levels commonly do things as daily practices or rituals that other don’t. Here’s a few.
Connect with the Morning Sun
High performers intrinsically understand that our optimum human performance clock is synced to the cycles of Mother Nature. As understood by the ancients, the master regulator of all our internal health and optimal performance cycles is the cycle of the sun. Traditional cultures throughout history have started their day greeting the sun through an ancient ritual called ‘sun gazing’. Hgh performers make sure they get outside (out of their artificially lit homes and office places) to experience the mental, physical, and spiritual benefits of morning sunlight through the eyes.
Benefits of morning sunlight exposure include;
- regulation of immune function
- stimulation of healthy brain chemistry
- regulation our internal body clock
- promotes balanced weight through its effects on metabolic and thyroid function
- uplifting mood (anti-depressant) and strengthening emotional health.
What do Hugh Jackman, Oprah Winfrey, Tim Ferriss, Katy Perry, Ray Dalio (Head of the world’s largest hedge fund), Ariana Huffington, Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen Degeneres and countless other world class performers have in common? They start their day with 20 minutes of TM or Transcendental Meditation (other high performers use other forms of meditation).
According to Tim Ferriss, author of New York Times Best-seller ‘Tools of Titans’, meditation is by far the most common habit or daily ritual amongst the world’s highest performing individuals. Don’t have time to meditate? Almost universally everyone who meditates, specifically transcending-based meditation like TM, remarks that they get far more done when they meditate and couldn’t imagine life or work without it. We can’t build a 100 storey skyscraper without first digging deep into the ground. Likewise, we can’t sustain high level, dynamic outward activity without first (and regularly) going within and enlivening our deepest (inner) source of energy, creativity and intelligence. Transcending does this which is why such a high percentage of high performers do it as their most important daily habit.
As the latest neuroscience and brain mapping research clearly demonstrates, such meditation produces more global brainwave activity and peak brain coherence. Do less achieve more.
Another hallmark of high achievers is that a very high percentage start their day with physical activity. Research shows that those that make a habit of exercising early morning have a compliance rate of 75%. Those who leave it until later in the day (after work) have a compliance of around 25%.
Again, the research suggests that the time devoted to physical movement or exercise in the early hours is more than returned in terms of improved efficiency, brain performance, decision-making and all around productivity for the rest of the day. (Early morning is also the best time for exercise according the understanding of Ayurveda and our daily body clock.)
* Richard Branson has been quoted as saying daily exercise gives him 4 hours of improved productivity.
Connect to the morning sun, transcend to develop your most precious resource – consciousness - and get your body moving early to help maximize your work and life success.
* These are just three of the practices discussed in Mark’s highly popular ‘Daily Habits of High Achievers’.