Welcome to Week 1!
Today we want to share with you the healing power of the Sun. This week we encourage you to go to your window and observe the sun for a few moments to soak in its energy.
All beings, including humans, are solar-powered. If deprived of sunlight, man loses physical vigor and strength. Take away sunlight and you will see how all life on earth would soon perish.
Since before the time of ancient Egypt, doctors and natural healers relied on sunlight to mend wounds, treat bone diseases like rickets, and treat lung infections like tuberculosis. Before antibiotics, sunlight was used to speed up the healing of wounds because sunlight is an efficient germ killer.
Sunlight is our primary source of vitamin D, the ‘sunshine vitamin’. You get only a quarter of the vitamin D you need from your diet, while the rest comes from the sun. You need a good supply of vitamin D to help you absorb calcium from your intestines and calcium is required for strong bones and teeth.
Sunlight triggers release of the ‘feel good’ hormone serotonin, which other than controlling your sleep pattern, body temperature and sex drive, lifts your mood and helps ward off depression.
Sunlight can help lower blood cholesterol levels and so it is a powerful ally in the fight against heart disease. Both cholesterol and vitamin D are derived from the same substance in the body, which is also found in the skin.
Taking a daily walk in the sun for 10 to 15 minutes clears your head, relieves stress and increases blood circulation.
Week 1 written challenge:
Visualize all your amazing memories of what happened on sunny days. Pick your favorite experience and write it down in your notebook.
Listen to this song and close your eyes for a moment of relaxation and meditation:
Before you start your meditation, come into a relaxed sitting position. Begin by slowly breathing in through your nose and exhaling through your mouth and try to calm your mind. When you feel relaxed, start the music, and repeat to yourself the following affirmation:
“I am powerful like the Sun and I shine my light on everyone and everything.”
Week 1 Action:
Let’s go for a walk in the sun for 15 minutes. Observe how the sun strokes your skin and become aware of all the benefits of solar energy.
If you want to go deeper, you can do a few sun salutation yoga exercises to start your day fresh and uplifted and connect with the sun even more.