Yes, I stare at the sun. I literally walk over to the beach and watch the sun as it rises. I've been doing it now for about six years and I love it. It is an ancient practice called sun gazing. Not many people have heard of it, and when I tell them that I stare at the sun, they think I’m crazy.
This is early one morning recently......
The practice of sun gazing closely resembles its name. At sunrise within the first hour when the sun is closest to the horizon, or at sunset for the last hour of sunlight, sungazers stand barefoot on the earth and look directly at the sun for 10 seconds. Every day, 10 seconds are added and some sun gazers eventually reach a duration of 45 minutes.
Our ancestors understood the relationship between the sun and our health. From the Aztecs to the ancient Egyptians, many past societies revered sun gazing as an esoteric practice for high-ranking priests and shamans. Today, it is experiencing a resurgence in popularity and sungazers claim it has its benefits.
Sun gazing boosts production of melatonin and serotonin. Research shows sun gazing stimulates the pineal gland as the direct sunlight hits the eye, moves through retinal-hypothalamic tract, and then hits the brain. This stimulates the pineal gland, also known as the “master gland”. This boosts the secretion of melatonin and serotonin, our “feel-good” hormones.
Sun gazing increases your energy levels. Modern day sungazers say the practice has boosted their vitality. This is probably related to the secretion of the aforementioned hormones.
Sun gazing increases the actual size of the pineal gland. Not only can this practice boost hormone levels, it has also been shown to increase the size of the pineal gland. Normally, as we age, the pineal gland shrinks. However, brain scans of a long-term practitioner of sun gazing show that this 70-year-old man has a gland three times as big as a normal man.
And it promotes weight loss. One of the historical theories for sun gazing was that the body and mind could be nourished by the sun, reducing the need for food. Similarly, some modern day sungazers say they have lost excess weight, and some even report a total loss of the desire and need to eat.
I took this photo across the road from where i live....
Sun gazing is an interesting practice that touches the spiritual and psychological realms, which are very personal things. Everyone is wired a little differently and this practice isn’t for everyone, so please do your research. If you choose to partake, be careful, be cautious, and document your experience.
The most famous sun gazer is a man called Hira Ratan Manek, or more commonly known as HRM. Check out his website for more on this fascinating guy.
And another great site is this one from the movie “Eat The Sun”
The best part about all this is its free to do and it will wake you up in in more ways than you could ever imagen. I have had only positive effects from doing this and I feel absolutely fantastic! Also, I listen to my body, and if it feels to uncomfortable, I stop! Sometimes I sun gaze for a few minutes and other times for up to 30 minutes. Depends on how I feel and how much cloud is around. I certainly enjoy the benefits of this practice and will continue to do so for many years to come.
Here is a documentary from 2013 that is a great watch!
Enjoy the sun........ I do!