Light is the basic source of energy, or life force, for living systems. Whether by receiving nourishment in the form of vitamin D through outdoor contact, or by eating fresh and nutrient-rich foods that have a closer relationship to the sun, or even through the energy in our homes that comes from the sun in some form, we all orient our lives to this relationship in some way or another. The more direct our connection to sunlight, the more energy, growth, and satisfaction we enjoy in our daily lives.
Wisdom traditions understood disease as any imbalance or disconnect away from nature, and it is helpful to understand our current planetary and physical health challenges within this framework. If health is the integration of differentiated parts, we need to begin to understand our well-being as integration with the environments and systems in which we live. Our job, as wellness-seekers, is to seek harmony not only for ourselves but also for one another, for the work that we do, and for the planet as a whole system.
Just as the seasons reflect the earth’s partnership with the sun, our bodies subconsciously align with the cycles of growth and change. However, manmade systems that we work in today align with standards of productivity and the bottom line, sometimes leaving us disconnected from our own nature, and depleted of natural energy. By allowing your awareness, and ultimately actions, to come into relationship with the patterns of the seasons, you can connect to the natural benefits that these patterns offer (and with no cost!). Integrating with sunlight can create healing physically and emotionally, and connect our bodies with a source of sustainable energy.
- Take sun breaks. Schedule time every day to get outside and soak up the sun, especially if your schedule keeps you inside during the short winter daylight hours. The vitamin D, fresh air, and moment of solitude will refresh your day.
- Sync up your eating habits with the sun. The closer your food to the earth, the more nutritious and life-enhancing it will be for your body. This means buying produce that is freshly picked and organic, and food that has not traveled long distances or been on the shelves for long. I love the advice of shopping around the perimeter of the grocery store, where the food is fresher, and keeping the amount of boxed-aisle food to a minimum.
- Focus on your inner light. Bring your awareness to the good in your life. Acknowledge what gives you energy, what lights you up inside, and what personal strengths you want to grow and develop.