“Three things that cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”
When it’s cloudy and rainy outside, people are often in a bad mood. Sometimes we can go days without seeing the sun depending on the weather forecast in our area, and it can really be a drag! When the sun finally reappears, people are happier. They smile more and want to be outside and feel the warmth of the sun on their skin. I have always been fascinated with the power of the sun and began to wonder if we as humans can harness this power.
The ancient practice of sun gazing dates back to many different civilizations including the Aztecs, Mayans, Egyptians, Native Americans, and Indians. Performing sun salutations or surya namaskar during yoga practice is one of my favorite parts of the session.
So what are some of the benefits of sun gazing?
Disclaimer: I don’t recommended looking at the sun for more than a couple seconds per day to be on the safe side.
- Vitamin D– The sun is a “sunshine vitamin” that allows the skin to produce vitamin D when exposed to direct sunlight. This is wonderful, especially for people lactose intolerant or for people that don’t eat or drink animal products such as milk. As we all know, vitamin D provides calcium which promotes strong bones and healthy teeth. Vitamin D is said to decrease the risk of heart disease, depression, and decrease anxiety.
- Sunshine as food?– There are some people known as breatharians that believe humans can exist without consuming any food, and live on just sunlight. I find this extremely far fetched because humans need nutrients to survive which can only be obtained from food. But what if sun gazing lowers your appetite? Loss of appetite is one of the benefits I have read on several different sites but unfortunately there is no scientific evidence to back up this claim. Decreased appetite means more weight loss for those that seek it.
- Increased energy- From my own personal experience, I have noticed an increase in energy after sun gazing. It gives me extra strength to finish the rest of my work day. Could it just be my own perception? Yes. But it’s certainly made me feel refreshed. I’ve always wondered about Superman and how all his energy and strength would be restored when he would fly out of the earth’s atmosphere and get as close to the sun as possible. Were the writers of Superman on to something?
- Third Eye- The Egyptians were very fond of the sun which can be seen frequently on their hieroglyphs. Ra was known as the sun god to the ancient Egyptians. It’s evident that the Egyptians knew there was more power to the sun other than providing warmth and sunlight for plants to grow (among many other things). Did they absorb sun energy to open their third eye? Is this how they were able to build the pyramids? No one really knows.
I know this discussion ventures far off into the occult but what do you think? Is it a bunch of pseudoscience or is sun gazing something we all should do as often as possible?
Thank you so much for tuning in this week. Namaste!