Personal Rewilding

What time of the day makes you feel best, sunrise or sunset?

  Are you a morning person? Or perhaps evenings make you naturally feel good. Regardless, most people announce their allegiance to the time of day they feel at their prime. And it’s true. Our circadian rhythm will energize us during daylight and conserve our energy in the evenings.  Our body’s natural internal clock likes to keep us regulated. But for some, they come alive when the sounds of life come to a still at night. Whichever you prefer, there has always been a strong connection between our health and day times. We aren’t as different as you may think.

Let’s put an indigenous lens on the topic. For many nations, the color yellow represents the morning. The sunrise and its powerful tone to start the day. Prayers are given life at this time with the intention of a good day. We naturally feel good when the metaphysics of our intentions merge with the start of our day. Not only are we utilizing our body’s most efficient time of day, but we are also regimenting ourselves to mentally prepare for it as well. Ready to conquer what lies ahead.

As day becomes night

    In contrast to the color yellow, it is red that represents the sunset. At this time, we reflect on the day and give thanks for the blessings we encounter throughout each moment. Even among the hardships, we often feel a sense of accomplishment for the things we achieve. At this moment, many find their creative juices flow. The sounds around us tend to become softer and the distractions that occupy our attention, are reduced. In many tribal communities, the evening is the morning in the spiritual realm. With this understanding, our passions and inherent gifts wake within us. Have you ever woken up at 2 a.m. with the urge to write something down?

Our dreams and passions are like muscles. They need to be exercised for us to naturally feel good. In indigenous culture, we have four quadrants to our health: mental, physical, spiritual and emotional. The balance between them all is crucial in maintaining ideal health. When one section is overworked or underutilized, we can feel off-keel. This is why it is important to build a relationship between health and day times. When we wake, we set our intentions and energize our day. And when we wind down at the end of it, we reflect and give thanks for the chances given to us through every cycle. Every day this cycle becomes anew. 

 Early bird or night owl?

     Whether you’re an early bird or night owl it’s important to utilize the hours you have during the preferred period. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to work your fingers to the bone. It can mean enjoying the moment. Taking the time to process and create. Even just watching the sunrise or sunset. Remember: balance is key. You wouldn’t expect your car to run for an eight-hour road trip on empty, would you? Yet, sometimes we push ourselves for the same amount of time without filling up our fuel. Nature has a way of aligning our health and day times together. The inspiration we feel from a morning’s glow. The organic sense of beauty from a rich sunset. Both are backdrops in our daily stories designed to make us naturally feel good. Let’s celebrate that.

Nurture and nature

     Feeling productive, happy and healthy is something we all strive for. Each of us has stumbled across methods we implement to help us get there. The morning coffee break. Mid-day meditation. Whatever it is, nurturing these outlets is part of human nature. Then, we have nature itself. Indigenous teachings are rooted in emulating our planet. Personification allows us to learn the lessons needed to stay healthy. As the Earth cycles through seasons, so do we. Stages of growth and renewal along the way. When rain saturates the ground, it provides the water needed for life to grow. It also provides a cleanse for the planet. The same can be said when tears fall.

There is a purpose for every season. In turn, there is one for every emotion. The connection between ourselves and the planet is undeniable. We are the same. When tribal members are born, “sunrise” is used. When they pass away, they say sunset. With this teaching, you see a direct correlation between life and a day. Both are measured from beginning to end. Both have a sunrise and a sunset. It is the reoccurrence that inspires us. There will always be a new day. And an end to the difficult ones. But they will never cease. 

Sunrise or sunset?

     With perhaps a new understanding, is your answer the same? When do you feel your best? Many of us find it varies on the day. The aesthetics can be deceiving. What looks beautiful to the eye can be heavy on the heart. Much as the darkness that follows a sunset can be energetic and enlightening. When we become conditioned to see ourselves in the sunrise and sunset, we then have our answer. At least for the day. So, I ask once again: are you a morning person?

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