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What is Sun Gazing | How Does it Work?

What is Sun Gazing | How Does it Work?

What is Sun Gazing | How Does it Work?

The sun powers all life on the planet.  It shows up every day, cloudy or shine, and gives light and life to the world.

“Even 
After 
All this time
The Sun never says to the Earth,

“You owe me.”

Look
What happens
With a love like that,
It lights the whole sky.” 
 Hafiz

What is Sun Gazing?

Simply put, sun gazing is gazing at the sun and manipulating photons.  

The sun (as you know) is very powerful.  The light can harm eyes that are not trained to look at the suns powerful rays, but there are ways around this.  

Practitioners of sun gazing, focus their gaze on the sun during safe periods of the day.  The practice is usually done barefoot and in increments.

WARNING: Staring into the sun without proper training can/will damage your eyes.

Would you go to the gym and attempt to lift 300 lbs your first day? NO.

You MUST build your strength slowly to allow your body to adapt to the sun’s rays.  Moving too fast can and will damage your eyes.

The best time to practice as a beginner is the first hour of daylight, and the last hour of daylight.  During these time periods of the day, the UV index is 0 (very low). Since the rays are not as powerful, the eyes have a chance to absorb the light from the sun.

Later, we will discuss a good sungazing technique for beginners.  But first, let’s talk about why you would get up early to stare at the sun.

What Does Sun Gazing Do? | What are the health benefits?

The Sun is Powerful. 

Facts About The Sun (Space Facts)

  • The Sun is all the colours mixed together, this appears white to our eyes.
  • The Sun is composed of hydrogen (70%) and Helium (28%).
  • The Sun is a main-sequence G2V star (or Yellow Dwarf).
  • The Sun is 109 times wider than the Earth and 330,000 times as massive.
  • The Sun’s surface area is 11,990 times that of the Earth’s.
  • The distance between the Earth and the Sun is an Astronomical Unit (AU)

Why stare at the sun?  What would motivate you to set aside time in the early morning and late evening to go outside and stare at the sun?

“The eyes are the window to your soul.”

Eyes are connected to the brain via the optic nerve.  So, when we look into the sun, the photons and light from the sun are getting absorbed by our brains and stimulating our biophotons.

As you may know, all of the spectrums of light can be found in sunlight.  

Sunlight also has the ability to decalcify the pineal gland (Third-Eye aka “seat of the soul”) which results in another list of life-altering benefits.

The practice has been shown to increase the size of the pineal gland.  For most, the pineal gland shrinks with age, but brain scans of long-term sungazing show this older gentleman (Hira Ratan Manekhas an enlarged pineal gland.

Sun gazing is also able to increase serotonin levels and melatonin.  Seratonin is the happy feel-good hormone in the body while melatonin helps you sleep well at night.  

Many practitioners have reported improved eyesight as a result of sun gazing and healthy eating.

Summary:

The health benefits of sun gazing

  1. Energize Brain & neurons (Charge Up!)
  2. Mental Peace / Clarity
  3.  Increased Serotonin & Melatonin (Improves Mood & Sleep)
  4. Improves your Intuition (“Gut-feeling” & Ability to perceive non-physical)
  5. Decalcify Pineal Gland
  6. Decrease Appetite/ Weight-Loss (Can help prolong fast)
  7. Improved Eyesight (lose your glasses / crutches)
  8. Improves Your Overall Health.  More Balance.
  9. Fight Depression

Sun Gazing & Pineal Gland

Sun or Solar Gazing decalcify the pineal gland.

When sunlight hits our eyes, the optic nerve sends electric impulses to the pineal gland.  This regulates our hormonal balance.

 

Sun Gazing with Eyes Closed

Sungazing with your eyes closed is a great way to ease your way into the process.  The sun’s warm light will prep you for more (if you desire it).

Tilt your head and allow the sunlight to make contact with your eyelids from all angle to get the most of this practice.  Remember to breathe slowly to relax the mind.

This is a very healing practice for the eyes, however, be careful.  If the sun’s UV levels are high, it can still harm your eyes.

Can Sun Gazing Make You Go Blind? Is it Safe?

Sungazing done correctly is safe, however, those who push the limits and go faster than their body can adjust to will likely damage their eyes.

Moving slowly is the way to go.  The sun is very powerful and the eyes need time to be able to absorb the light from it.

Make sure you start during the first hour of sunrise or the last hour of sunset.  The UV rays will not be at maximum strength.  This is a safe zone for beginners.

Sun Gazing Testimonials

Sun Gazing Techniques

Beginners should practice sun gazing the first hour of sunrise or the last hour of sunset.

Why?

This is because the UV Rays are not as strong during the early and late sun.

Listing to your body is very important while practicing.  Cut all distractions and focus on how you feel.  If your body tells you to stop, stop immediately no matter what the guidelines of the technique says

You are growing your intuition during this process, so listen to it…

Here is a Common sun gazing technique for beginners.

Step 1 – Stand Barefoot on the natural ground (Grass, dirt, sand, rock)

Step 2 – Take Deep & Full breaths and focus your gaze on the sun for 10 seconds.  Blink when needed.  Let go of all tension and stare with a relaxed gaze.

Continue to breathe…

Cover your eyes with the palm of your hands.  Watch the sun’s afterglow go away.  This stain will remain in your vision (for days)  if you rush the progression of sun gazing.

Step 3 – Day 2, add 10 Seconds, breathe deeply and focus your relaxed gaze on the early/late sun.  It’s important to move slowly to allow your eyes to adjust to the sun’s light.  

Follow up with covering your eyes with your palms.

Step 4 – If you remain disciplined long enough with your sun gazing practice, you’ll be able to gaze at the sun for over 45 mins several months later.

Advanced Sun Gazing Techniques

Conclusion

Sun Gazing is powerful and capable of changing lives.  

The sun always has an abundance of energy to offer any and everyone.  The practice grows deeper and teaches more as you go further.

Remember to respect your boundaries and listen to your body.

How to Be yourself and Remain Authentic

How to Be yourself and Remain Authentic

How to Be yourself and Remain Authentic

Authenticity is defined as – “of undisputed origin; genuine.”

We often advise each other to, “be more authentic,” or “find your authentic self.

What does this mean exactly?  How can you be authentic and find what your true authenticity is?

How to Be Authentic & Inauthentic

Putting things simple, Authenticity is a state where you allow yourself to simply be yourself.  This means that you are listening, feeling, and accepting who you are and how you feel in the moment.  In this state, you do not feel you must shield any aspects of yourself from others. You live and operate from this state of self-love and respect.

Once you honor who you are above all else, you return to your authenticity.

It is very easily to allow external things to alter your own personality.  This is known as “selling out.” Once you begin to change or ignore your own values and beliefs due to external forces, you strip away from your authenticity and you WILL feel it.

Discover Your Masks (EGO)

Discover your ego

“In a world that rewards flawless masks, it’s hard to separate our identity from what we pretend. The masks we wear might seem authentic, but they are just a disguise.” -Gustavo Razzetti

Removing the masks we wear to operate in society is essential when choosing to become more authentic.  This mask, also known as ego, shields your authenticity from the world. The mask is designed to persuade you to measure up to the expectations of those around you & your ego.

The mask, or ego, is always trying to protect itself.  You are not your ego, you created it to interact with the world.  The ego tries to keep us in our comfort zones by avoiding situations that push us to grow.

Here are some signs that your mask is taking over.

  1. You alter your personality depending on who’s around.
  2. Your decisions depend on how much exposure/attention you will receive in return.
  3. You neglect your gut intuition.
  4. You only show your “good side.”
  5. Other people tell you who you should be and what you should do (and you listen and obey).
  6. You want to be just like ________ person.
  7. You want a ton of money so everyone is impressed.
  8. You are afraid to express your true feelings because it’s unpopular.

Embrace Vulnerability. Don’t Filter, Just Be.

how to be authentic

Your mask does its best to shield you from feeling exposed.  Whenever we begin to feel exposed, the mask rings an alarm and defensive walls rise.  The mask wants to be right all the time, it has to defend itself so that others see it the way to wants to be seen, not the way it is.

Getting comfortable with the uncomfortable is very important when returning to your authenticity.  Being authentic and real requires a level of self acceptance and love that the mask does not give.

To embrace your vulnerabilities, you must accept that you are not flawless.  Having doubts, making mistakes, and being shy are all part of the human experience.  Being authentic is about being true to yourself, not perfect.

The authentic person in the room admits they are shy when they are shy, says they are tired when tired, and leaves when they want to leave.  They have no reason to pretend to be something other than what they are. They know this is self sabatage and effects themselves more than anything else.

There is no reason to filter out any of the truth.  The truth will certainly set you free when you allow yourself to live it.  The authentic state is the freedom you’ve desired and all you need to reach it is a firm decision to live your authentic truth.

Forgive and Accept Yourself Entirely

Self forgiveness is crucial to authenticity.  How can you be the real you and accept yourself 100% without first forgiving all the mistakes you’ve made and moving forward?  Clinging to our old mishaps can alter our future choices and progression.

You are always your worst enemy.  The ego LOVES to judge. Judging yourself can result in a less authentic lifestyle.  When we judge ourselves, we put ourselves in a vicious cycle of trying to fit our mask’s expectations.  

Our mask does not represent our authenticity, it represents the shield we use to cover up who we are.  Self-judgment is like food to the mask. It gives the mask a reason to get stronger and stay around. The simplest way to overcome self-judgment is to learn how to forgive yourself for everything.

Face Solitude

Time and space can do wonders.  Being alone is often feared or avoided by most people even though it can be very healing and life transforming.

When we unplug from the busy environment around us and find our own space to inhabit, we grant ourselves the opportunity to notice our domestication.

Solitude pulls us away from the “herd mentality.”  The alone time offers us the clarity and space needed to grow ourselves.  It gives us a chance to know who we are individually since we are not being fed ideas from anyone around us.  This gives us the chance to give birth to original ideas and beliefs that align with our individual truth.

According to Forbes, being alone offers plenty of benefits such as

  1. Increasing empathy
  2. Increasing productivity
  3. Sparking creativity
  4. Building Mental Strength
  5. Reduce behavior problems in Kids
  6. Knowing thyself

Conclusion

Authenticity can heal the world.  When we decide to honor and respect our inner nature, we show others that they can also do the same.  This ripple effect can transform the way the world functions.

Being real and authentic is needed now more than ever.  If you can recall a time where you’ve been authentic OR inauthentic, leave a comment below so we all can learn from your truth.  

How Does Meditation Work Scientifically?

How Does Meditation Work Scientifically?

How Does Meditation Work Scientifically?

Meditation is capable of changing lives.  By changing the state of mind we operate in, we can alter the way our days unfold.  This truth is and has always been constant.

How does this work exactly?  How is it that breathing and being still can have some many life altering effects?  Lets dive deeper to see how meditation works scientifically.

First, when we meditate, our brain waves change.  This change alters our state of mind or being. Meditation brings our brain state to the theta state.

This state of mind is very healthy because it is a place where we are not carrying resistance and tensions in our being.  This state is associated with being peaceful, calm and relaxed. When the body enters this state, healing and regeneration can take place.

The speed of our breath can determine our state of mind.  Speeding up the breath will result in very high rates while slow breathing will lower the rate of the brain.

How Does Meditation Work On The Brain?

Your brain operates at different rates depending on the activity you are engaging in.  Heart rate, respiratory rate, muscle tension, ect all effect the rate of your brain waves.  Biofeedback headsets measure your brainwaves using EEG (Electroencephalography). 

Your brain waves determine your state of being.  Learning the different states and how to enter each can empower you to take control over your life.  

The Gamma state is associated with hyperactivity and active learning.  Gamma represents when the brain wave activity is above 40 Hz.

The Beta state ranges from about 13-30 hz.  This state can be associated with being alert, planning, analyzing, and categorizing.  This is where the majority of working people spend their days.

The alpha state ranges from 9-13 Hz.  This state relates to the calm, peaceful, and stable state of mind.  Imagine leaving a yoga class, or finishing a long walk in nature.

The theta brain state is from 4-8hz.  This is where meditation brings you. Visualization and deeper states of awareness are associated with this state.  This state is a stress free zone.

Delta state ranges from 1-3hz.  This is associated with deep sleep.  Most people are not aware during this state even though Monks have entered this state with awareness.  

Does Meditation Change the Brain?

Meditation Change Brain

According to Scientific American, MRI scans shows that after an 8 week course of mindfulness mediation practices, the amygdala (fight or flight center), appears to shrink. The amygdala is associated with emotions.   Psychology Today refers to it as the “alarm system of the brain.”  Mediation shrinks this region of the brain meaning that emotions are much more balanced.

The Prefrontal Cortex gets thicker.  This region of the brain is associated with cognitive behavior, personality expression, decision making, and moderating social behavior. 

It is also said that the connection between these regions of the brain actually get weaker while the connection between areas associated with attention and concentration get stronger.

According to Psychology Today, if you mediate on a regular basis, many positive things will occur.  The tight and strong connection between the medial prefrontal cortex and the bodily sensations/fear center centers begin to weaken.

As these connections weaken, you will no longer feel that bodily sensations or fear means something is mistaken in you.  You’ll be able to differentiate yourself from the problem.  This gives a piece of the reason why anxiety decreases when you meditate.  The neural pathways between those upsetting sensations to the medial prefrontal cortex are weakening.

How Long Does It Take For Mediation To Change The Brain?

Each breath you take in meditation is changing your brain.  Your mind and body are building new neural pathways that will only get stronger with consistency.

Many individuals across the world report receiving noticeable improvements after only 1 week.  Of course, different people try various forms of meditation – some for only 5 minutes while others may do 20-30mins.

The Massachusetts General Hospital did a study and noticed that after 8 weeks, mindfulness meditation made measurable changes in the brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress.

Results

Result of Study Performed by Harvard University where 16 people participate in 8 weeks of mindful meditation practices.

Photo Taken From Yang Shen

Conclusion

Meditation works because it simply slows down the mind.  When the mind is slowed down and the body can relax, this alters how we feel and function in everyday life.

We can adjust our own states of being. Knowing this truth can reveal the true responsibility we all have each and every day.  It is our job to make sure we operate from a balanced state of mind so that our choices can bring us to a more desirable outcome.

The Benefits of Daily Meditation

The Benefits of Daily Meditation

The Benefits of Daily Meditation

The benefits of daily meditation are endless.  Why do we meditate?  FREEDOM. From what? I’ll answer this question with a question.

Do you control your thoughts or do your thoughts control you?

Lets Dive Deeper.

What is Meditation?

Imagine someone cuts you off while driving.  How would you react?  Or I should say, how would your mind react.  Do you have control in this situation? Could you move to pass this moment without commenting on it?

Meditation is a practice that strengthens your ability to focus.  It can train your mind to concentrate and let go of unnecessary thoughts that do not serve you.

When you practice meditation, you teach your mind how to turn off thoughts like a switch.  This is EXTREMELY powerful because our thoughts shape our lives.  

Imagine what your life would be like if you had this control.  If you had the ability to steer your thoughts, you can easily steer your life in the direction you prefer.

Being able to turn off your thoughts will allow you to be able to tackle any task at hand without distraction.  That voice in your head that narrates your life will become a tool you can use at your own discretion.

There are endless benefits from learning to master your own mind.

Top 6 Benefits Meditation Has On The Body

Let’s get into some of the top benefits of daily meditation that will alter life as you see it.

Positive Emotions

Holding on to unwanted thoughts is like applying unnecessary resistance to yourself.  Imagine holding a basketball under water.  The ball wants to float to the top, but it won’t until you let go.

Since meditation helps you let go of unwanted thoughts, the end result is a more positive emotion.  Exterior circumstances do not determine how you feel.  You do.  You have the power to decide how you want to feel.  Take it.

For more facts on studies done that prove meditation resulting in more positive emotion, check out this post by Mind Body Green.

Improved Mental Focus

Even during the most boring task, meditation can help you focus your attention.

Since the practice is primarily about keeping your attention on one thing or nothing, this results in an ability to filter out distractions much more easily. 

As you strengthen this muscle, you’ll find that distractions do not faze you.  You’ll be able to drop them in on breath and continue doing what you were doing.  This will improve all aspects of your life since the focus is the primary skill to have in order to be great at anything.

Improved Memory

Most people tend to lose their sharp edge as they age.  Remembering everything gets a little tougher, especially without any practice in meditation.  

According to EOC Institute, the hippocampus and frontal lobe region of the brain light up during meditation.  These regions are responsible for your long term and short term memory.

Lighting up this region is similar to flexing a muscle.  The more you flex it, the stronger it gets.  Your information storage ability multiplies which result in you being able to memorize more and more as you age.

Reduce Stress and Anxiety

According to Dr. Elizabeth Hoge, a psychiatrist at the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital, “people with anxiety have a problem dealing with distracting thoughts that have too much power.  They can’t distinguish between a problem-solving thought and a nagging worry that has no benefit.”

There are studies that were done that showed that meditation helped quell anxiety symptoms in people with generalized anxiety disorder.  For more info on the studies, check out this article on the Harvard Health website on meditation.

Enhances Self-Awareness

Finding out who you are is something that can catapult your feeling of fulfillment in life.  As you meditate more and more, you will begin to notice more aspects about yourself that weren’t clear before.  New ideas will emerge and inspire action.

As you take notice of the thoughts that your choice to engage with, you will realize how you have a choice.  You’ll see how you’ve had that choice the whole time.  You’ll know what ideas and thoughts are good for you and what is not.  This detox of thoughts will unveil your true self.

This will result in a mega boost in self-esteem, joy, happiness, and purpose.  Once you know who you are, you’ll know who you aren’t.  Throughout life, we accumulate thoughts and ideas from people all around us.  Now, instead of absorbing everything, you can choose which ideas you’ll digest and which ideas you’ll dispose of.

Once you see who you are, life will feel as if it’s happening for you, not to you.

Improve Sleep

 Improved sleeping by meditation

 

Everyone has experienced those nights when a problem or a to-do list disturbed a good night of sleep.

Dr. Herbert Benson, director emeritus of the Harvard affiliated Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, says that mindfulness meditation evokes the relaxation response.

According to Dr. Benson on the Harvard Health blog, “the relaxation response can help ease many stress-related ailments, including depression, pain, high blood pressure.  For many people, sleep disorders are closely tied to stress.

Being able to relax your body and let go of all the worry and stress gives your body a chance to unwind, rest, and heal.  

Conclusion

The benefits of daily meditation are clear and concise.  Choosing to incorporate meditation into your life can alter the world as you see it.  It can give you a sense of purpose, fulfillment, peace, happiness, and health.

If you aren’t mediating once per day now, its a good time to begin.  This practice can be done anywhere and its free.  It’s the ultimate remedy and everyone has access to it.

If you are a beginner, check out this post on how to meditate at home for beginners.

The benefits are endless.  If you have experienced anything beneficial through mediation, type it in the comment section below.  Let us share our healing experience together so we can move towards a brighter tomorrow. 

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