Blog #8 in the Soothing Series: Gentle ways to regain your composure and find some inner peace.
I find sunrises captivating, especially the anticipation and mystery of continuously changing colors. If you are lucky enough to have a panoramic view, the sunrise is a gentle reminder of how small we are in the big scope of things. Today I celebrate the sunrise. We are back on the path of lengthening days filled with light. I love sunlight.
Every year, one sunrise is especially sweet for me. My favorite happens on December 22, the day after the longest night, the winter solstice. Here in New England, the days are rather short this time of year. Sunset is around 4pm and sunrise around 7:30 am. Many of us leave for work in the dark and return home in the dark with no leisure hours of sunshine until our day off. Other more fortunate commuters may view the sunrise or sunset from the panoramic vista of a highway. I find it funny strange that in our hilly, forested region some of the longest views of spectacular skylines are from superhighways.
I like warmth, too, and on this morning when the thermometer reads 10 degrees Fahrenheit, I am grateful to watch the sunrise from inside a sliding glass door, across a panoramic vista created by hayfields.
Soothe yourself. Take a moment to really watch the sunrise. Drink in the light. Celebrate the colors. Enjoy!
The Soothing Series
Sometimes, attaining a state
of relaxation seems impossible. Even if you know the benefits – quality sleep,
resistance to infection, less muscle pain, better problem solving – you cannot
get to a relaxed state from your stressed state. Fortunately, even if relaxing
seems unattainable, soothing yourself can reduce your stress level by a degree
or perhaps two.
Sometimes simple soothing strategies are not going to meet your needs. At those times, get expert help. Call your doctor, your therapist, your pastor, or get yourself to an emergency room. Be safe.
Soothe yourself when you have had a difficult day, have too much on your plate, or perhaps are experiencing a period of intense change. You deserve it.