It is believed that during sun gazing the sun’s energy enters the brain through the eyes and “powers” the brain.

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  1. Regulates circadian rhythm. Sun gazing has been said to reset your circadian rhythm so you experience good energy and restful sleep with better dream recall.
  1. Increases hormone production. Sun gazing is said to increase the production of melatonin and serotonin.
  1. Reverses Seasonal Affective Disorder. Sun gazing may improve your mood and help reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This makes sense to me since natural sunlight is often all you need to improve the symptoms of SAD.
  1. Stimulates the pineal gland. One of the biggest claims regarding sun gazing is its ability to stimulate the pineal gland.
  1. Relieves stress and tension. Again this makes sense since being outside in the sun can have a relaxing effect.
  1. Activates the third eye. The third eye is associated with the pineal gland and your ability to perceive higher dimensions.
  1. Increases energy levels. Again, it’s common to feel more energy on brighter days so sun gazing may, indeed, help you feel energized.
  1. Reduces hunger pangs. People  have fasted for extremely long periods of time with only nourishment from the sun.
  1. Improves eyesight. Many experts warn that you can damage your eyes with sun gazing However, when practiced correctly and at the appropriate times of day this should not be a concern. In fact, some research shows that sunlight can prevent myopia (near sightedness) in children.
  1. Opens the body’s energy channels. It is claimed that sun gazing opens the nadis (energy channels) in the body.
  1. Increases memory. This may be related to the relaxation effect of being outside in nature and sunlight.

More scientific research needs to be done to determine whether any of the claims regarding the health benefits of sun gazing are true. But at the very least, watching the sun rise and set can be meditative. So, it is certainly worth a try if it is something that appeals to you.

How to Sun Gaze:

  1. Sun gaze at the proper time. Sunrise and sunset when the UV rays are lowest is the best time to sun gaze.
  1. Stand barefoot. Earthing (grounding) while sun gazing enhances the effects.
  1. Start slow. Beginners to sun gazing need to build up to slowly. Some experts say to start with just 10 seconds and build up by 10 seconds each time.   
  1. Remove barriers. Sun gazing should be done outside, not through windows. It should be done without sunglasses, contacts, or other barriers so that you eye can receive the entire spectrum of the sunlight.  
  1. Go barefoot. Connecting to the earth (grounding) with bare feet can enhance your sun-gazing experience. 
  1. Listen to your body. If you feel the need to blink, then do so. You can also take breaks by closing your eyes for a second or two. This will help you build up to longer sun gazing sessions.  
  1. Use visualization. As you sun gaze visualize the sun’s energy entering your brain and your body. Imagine all your cells becoming rejuvenated with healing light.
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