These days, I am living in a temporary apartment with the most spectacular view of Manhattan while my apartment is being renovated after floor damage from an upstairs flood. I am also moving forward in my romantic relationship and have most of my things at our new place. Our new place is also under full renovation. So basically I feel pretty unsettled. But in a way, it’s really great. Moving usually results in clearing things out, right? So, now here I am living as basic as one can, with a light, heat and water, and a place to lay my head. There is no TV, no internet; just me, my veggies, and a beautiful view. There is no clutter to block my way, and I am ready to start fresh, but even writing this article seems hard. I am drained.
So, one of the things I have done to fill my energy bucket is turn to the sun. After days of clouds and rain the sun shines so beautifully in the Fall sky, its rays on your skin as tender and warm as the touch of a lover. I have allowed the sun to clear the way for my new life. I imagine its rays running though my digestive tract to help me cleanse away the toxins of my past and prepare to plant the seeds of a beautiful new life and love.
Think about how much we need the sun. Without it, as most living things on earth, we would not survive. Its energy helps the plants that we eat grow, which in turn gives people and animals a food source. It also naturally helps us convert Vitamin D to an active form to aid the body in conjunction with other vitamins and minerals to create strong bones, and prevent cancer and depression. Many of us feel joyous and happy when the sun is shining. Did you ever think about the positive benefits it has on our bodies on the molecular level?
I’ll take a moment more on the topic of Vitamin D, as most of us don’t get adequate amounts in our diets and as winter approaches, most of us here in the Northeast lack enough sun exposure to maintain sufficient levels for normal body function. This includes bone health and our mood of course. Recall how a lot of people get Season Affective Disorder and depression in the winter? Vitamin D supplementation may help, but you can also eat foods and dairy products fortified with Vitamin D. Eggs and fatty fish like tuna, salmon, mackerel, and sardines are also good sources of vitamin D.
“Clearing the way” can have so many meanings from simply removing obstacles from your physical, mental, or spiritual path or cleansing toxins from your digestive tract. What does it mean for you today?
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In love and Health,
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