“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.” This quote comes from the science fiction and fantasy writer Jo Walton. She understands that the sun rising and setting each day is one of the most beautiful things that humans get to experience, and that each one is free to view. Have you ever tried a sunrise meditation?
The sunrise and sunset are transitional points in a day, symbolizing the start and end of the day as well as the end and start, respectively, of the night. Due to the arc of the sun’s light through our atmosphere at low points along the horizon, the sunsets and sunrises create the effect of beautiful orange light not seen at other points during the day.
Louie Schwartzberg is a storyteller and filmmaker who has been shooting time-lapse photography of nature, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, non-stop. His work compresses time and puts you in sync with different forms of life within our interconnected world.
His work makes the invisible visible.
Although when we venture out to see the sun rising or setting, we experience the event in real time, through time-lapse photography we can witness this spectacular event from a new perspective. Time speeds up and we see the way the darkness of night and pale, starlight sky give way to the light of the sun and a blue sky.
When we see something from a new perspective, our reality changes. To us the sunrise or sunset is a slow event that we can savor, but sped up we see how quickly each one goes by, and we gain a newfound appreciation for how many sunrises and sunsets will happen throughout the course of our lives.
Let us know if you have ever tried a sunrise meditation and how it helped you.