I grew up as a total sun worshipper. My mother was a beach babe and I followed in her foot steps. As a teenager I spent countless hours in the ocean, swimming pool, sailboat… the sun and water absolutely fed me. Then, my mother got skin cancer. She insisted I quit the sun ASAP and I did. It was like giving up a drug. I had serious withdrawl. But I moved to the city and it was not so much a problem. Then, like everybody else, I began to actually hide from the sun, changing my love into fear. I have spent years walking on the shady side of the street, using a umbrella, massive amounts of sunscreen etc.
Over the past 2 years or so there has been quite a bit of controversy o this topic. Are sunscreens toxic? Are we throwing out the baby with the bath water? Have we become vitamin D deficient?
About 6 or 7 weeks ago I decided the benefits of getting vitamin D naturally from sun exposure seemed to be something I really needed. I felt brave making that decision! So I decided to take my morning coffee break outside. Every day at 10:00 or 10:30, I sit at a table in full sun for 30-45 minutes. I wear a strappy top and skirt, take off my shoes and soak in all that delicious life giving energy! I try to feel it coursing through my body, my organs and systems. There is so much healing power there. I have noticed my old addiction wanting more but it’s easy to keep it in check. Recognizing the therapeutic exercise as opposed to the tanning experience is pretty obvious.
My dream (goal) is to be able to do a morning sun salutation every day. Preferably in the nude! That would require some major privacy…But would probably be a huge game changer. Health, vitality, happiness are all there if we put our minds to what it is we need and carve that out of our present circumstance.
(BTW, this is just my personal experience. Everthing we do for our health and happiness is personal and can’t necessarily be recommended for anyone else.)
So, I am happy to say that the sun has once again become my friend and ally. It is just one more of the lessons in this modern era that nature is the best medicine if used properly.