An exercise in which you use the energy and healing qualities of the sun to balance and heal your nervous and endocrine systems, and your whole body. It is especially helpful for relieving depression.
*Since it is done facing the sun, it's best not done an hour before or after noon, when the sun is the strongest and directly overhead. Other times are fine.
Please note that although the Sunning practice has many steps, once you do it a few times it becomes quite simple and easy to do. It's well worth it, because the health benefits are tremendous. You can share it with others, and you'll have it the rest of your life.
First, a note re cataracts and other concerns: Many doctors are urging their patients to stay out of the sun out of concern that they will get cataracts. You may want to ask your doctor for his source of information about this, so you can decide how much sun is right for you.
Many alternative eye specialists feel that being in the sun is necessary for your health and well-being and that if you use good judgment (like using sunglasses when you are driving into the sunset, at the beach or skiing, or other special circumstances) you needn’t wear sunglasses often.
If we wear sunglasses often we are not getting the exposure to sunlight that we need for our pituitary and pineal glands and all the other glands in our body.
If we don’t have enough exposure to the sun we may become depressed (SAD) and deficient in Vitamin D. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a mood disorder in which people may feel depressed, have low energy, and other symptoms at the same time each year, most commonly in the winter. The sunning exercise is very helpful for SAD.
Sunlight is a necessary nutrient for all the functions of our body.
Try to be outside at least one hour a day at all times of the year. For those of us who spend a lot of time indoors, we need to gradually get used to outdoor light. Our pupils are used to being enlarged and with gradual exposure to sunlight they will become smaller and the light will feel more comfortable.
People with very light and especially sensitive skin need to do the sunning before 10am and after 4 pm.
Preview of Sunning
For three minutes, ideally three times a day, stand or sit completely still facing the sun and close and relax your eyes. (Deeply relax your eyes and never look directly at the sun!)
Now let the soothing rays of the sun penetrate your eyes, your brain and all the nerves in your body. This revitalizes your entire body, especially your nervous system.
After sunning, slowly open your eyes – you will feel like you are wearing sunglasses for a moment. The body has produced serotonin, which uplifts your feelings and will then produce melatonin, which naturally promotes deep sleep. (During winter days it's especially important to get outside when the sun is visible, even if it's shining through clouds. This will uplift your spirits and heal your body during the dark months of the year.)
SUNNING The Complete Directions
Additional Benefits of Spending Time in the Sun Daily.
1. Enriches the blood by increasing the number of white blood cells in it.
2. Increases the amount of oxygen in the blood
3. Encourages healthy blood circulation
4. Strengthens the heart
5. Beautifies the skin giving to it a healthy looking complexion
6. Improves the eyesight
7. Can bring new color to gray hair
8. Helps to Harden the bones
9. Kills viruses, bacteria, molds, yeasts, fungi
10. Stimulates the appetite
11. Improves digestion, elimination, and metabolism
12. Enhances the immune system
13. Soothes the nerves and boosts the mood
14. Improves sleeping
15. Slows down aging
16. Balances out the hormones