When the world is still and the breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you…
The outside world is still dark, stars faintly glimmer from light years away and the slightest hint of cool color blankets the night sky. The breeze is almost still as it whispers silently through the trees. Birds don’t chirp, cars don’t drive past. It feels like the world is still and the breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. The sacred hour.
Dawn is, by nature, a peaceful contemplative time of day laden with mystery, possibility, and the energy of renewal. Each sunrise, signifying a new day on earth, the opportunity for a fresh start. Last summer I made a pact with myself that I would become a morning person. In curious awe of my friends who seemed to have it all, and juggle it all with grace and effortless ease… I yearned to strike that balance, something inside my being told me that an early morning was a great place to start, and I was right. Here’s why:
That feeling of accomplishment and success lingers all day
You know the feeling I’m talking about. The first time you get up early and go for a run, you feel like you have conquered the world. And in a way, you have. Setting out to commit to something, and then accomplishing it instills the feeling that you can literally achieve anything (especially when paired with a scenic sunrise). And this feeling lingers and even leads to an increased sense of motivation and ambition all day.
Creativity is highest immediately after sleep
This is especially true if you rise before the sun when there’s no noise, no chaos, no stress from hours past. It’s easier to focus when the world outside is still, ideas are clearer as the mind hasn’t yet been troubled with the day’s trivialities and our problem-solving abilities are of a particularly high standard when the mind is fresh early in the morning. Immediately after waking, the prefrontal cortex (the part of the brain which is in charge of creativity) is also most active.
Balance the body
When you rise with (or just before) the sun, and begin to wind down for the day shortly after the sun has set, you are literally mimicking the body’s natural circadian rhythm which aids to restore peace and balance within the body’s physiology. Afterall, I believe the majority of our suffering comes from going against nature. Of course, creating more of a natural balance in the body leads to a more balanced life.
It’s prime time for me-time
I read somewhere once that the hour before the sun rises is the most potent time to connect to higher realms (whether, according to your personal spiritual beliefs, those realms exist within you or beyond you) due to the angle at which the earth sits to the sun, allowing the earth to absorb solar rays as it comes into rotation. Whether or not this is true, the sentiment is still the same, and leveraging this peaceful serenity under the rising sun is the very least you can do for yourself every day to indulge in the ultimate me-time.
Try turning back your alarm clock in 5 minute increments per day until you reach the sacred hour (remember, this also means going to bed 5 minutes earlier each night!) You will seriously be overflowing with joy, love and light that you will project out into the world. Who knows, you may be the one to inspire others, in the same way that I was inspired to want to feel the same way.
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