As I was dreaming up ideas for my blog and brainstorming topics I planned to discuss and share, the sun’s benefits were toward the top of my list. I started such a post last fall, then set it aside along with the other hundred plus blog posts I began generating. Then in early January, a few weeks after I had launched my blog, a PERFECT resource showed up in my inbox!
My husband and I have been following Logan Christopher’s work for 2+ years. We have read several of his books, listened to his podcasts and purchased/consumed his herbs from his Lost Empire Herbs site. Brian even wears his tshirts :) We found Logan by way of Eric Fiorillo’s podcast, Motivation & Muscle. Logan is writing a book tentatively called, Powered by Nature, wherein it will contain an entire chapter about the benefits of the sun.
Here’s a brief bio about Logan:
Born without genetic gifts, a weak and scrawny Logan Christopher sought out the best training information in his pursuit of super strength, mind power and radiant health. Nowadays, he’s known for his famous feats of pulling an 8,800 lb. firetruck by his hair, juggling flaming kettlebells, supporting half a ton in the wrestler’s bridge and more. He is the author of many books, a coach and a public speaker. Discover how you too can become super strong, both mentally and physically, at www.LegendaryStrength.com and find the superior herbs to support all aspects of your performance at www.LostEmpireHerbs.com.
In my blog post entitled Your Mission ----> Eliminate Decision Fatigue, found HERE, I share a portion of Logan’s Vital Way podcast and tell about how it helped my husband and I take some next steps in our journey in terms of streamlining our weekly meals and time.
Back to the benefits of the sun...
I had intentions of putting a lot of time, thought and research into my own blog post about the benefits of the sun. However… I now feel this is now completely unnecessary and I am pretty excited to be freed of this time commitment! It would have been a fun project, but to do the topic full justice I would have needed to invest a lot of time into doing a ton of research. I’m grateful to Logan for giving me permission to simply share his work; as his is way more in-depth and outstanding than I could have ever attempted myself!
Before you dive into his work, here are my two cents about the sun…
Not having done the research like I said, all I can offer is my own personal experience, and that is this… I feel better when I’m out in the sun on a consistent basis. I feel healthier, more energetic, more positive and generally in a better state of being. It’s no coincidence that people just look better after they’ve been active in the sunlight. They ‘glow’ and this as humans, is attractive, is it not? Good-looking physical attributes can’t be denied. A healthy summer tan is more appealing on someone than a winter’s pale sickly look. We’ve all seen it in others and in ourselves, have we not?
I feel a draw, an internal calling, to go out to my favorite gravel road and just ‘be.’ ‘Be’ in the sun. ‘Be’ still and take in nature. ‘Be’ grateful for the rejuvenation that the sun/God/the Universe provides out there. ‘Be’ recharged - literally. ‘Be’ vigilant about getting back out there again soon - to not let a priority like that slip away or get buried by the tasks of everyday living. I almost feel an obligation of sorts to keep returning to that experience whenever possible. I realize it’s what fuels me, detoxes me, re-energizes me and keeps me sane and healthy for the stretches of time between.
Don’t we all feel grumpy and uneasy in the winter when we’ve been forced to go too long without that sunlight therapy? Aren’t we all like little flowers reaching up toward the sun on those days when we are blessed by its presence after a period of time without? I know I can feel that within me on sunny days - picture us all like little flowers turning toward the sun, saying “aha, there you are!,” finding that source, dropping everything else on our minds for a bit and just ‘being’ in the sun’s presence… opening up to receive more of it… wanting to remain open to it for a long while. Little flowers: Soaking it up. Using it’s *energy* to *re-energize* us. That all sounds natural, true and instinctual to me. Does it to you? Please keep reading to find out why, as Logan does an outstanding job of explaining the whys we are naturally drawn to the sun… our life source.
[Of course, even beneficial things can be overdone or overused. The sun is no exception. Getting burned reminds us to indulge sparingly. When I feel I’ve gotten my fill for a day, then I find some shade or do a different activity indoors. I would go all year without applying sunscreen if a perfect balance of sun and shade were possible, but life happens. If I must stay in the sun for a period of time long enough to provide a sunburn, then I use a smart sunscreen like the one produced by Alba Botanica. I look for a sunscreen that contains 100% vegetarian ingredients and NO parabens, phthalates or synthetic fragrances. Skin is our largest organ. Make smart choices about what you make it absorb into your body. An idealistic standard my family and I are working toward as we make improvements in our lives, is to only put products on our skin that we’d be willing to eat. Think about that one. It matters.]
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