DAY 12: 2 Minutes of Gazing Part I – Clouds

dark orange sunrise
Brian Hogan

I thought that doing my sun gazing experiment in Los Angeles would mean smooth sailing in terms of daily visibility; but relentless clouds over the last two days and some other shrouded mornings recently have made me realize the sun is playing hard to get. Nikki and I stood last night and gazed at brightly lit orange clouds because the sun would not reveal itself to us from behind the cumulus curtain. I realized then that I need to try and see the sun in the mornings because then I have two chances to feast on its energy and outsmart the weather. 

I woke up early this morning, and after the yoga & chanting session (which I fell asleep in) I made my way to our regular mountain top. Both Nikki & Brett are away in different desert locations so I am gazing solo for the next few days. As I was rounding the bend to the parking area the sky opened up just a little to sprinkle cool mist upon my face. I put Summer’s top up and made my way to our grassy mound despite the thick and discouraging tarp of grey covering me and obscuring the sun. As I stood there I tried to coax the clouds to part with my mind. I began to feel like they were ignoring me so I switched from coaxing to daring the clouds to open just to prove they could. I sensed that if they had fingers the clouds would be flipping me the cosmic bird at that moment. I regained my composure, reassured the sun that I was happy to come even if he couldn’t make it, turned and made my way back to my car. 

SIDE EFFECTS: Clouds can really mess with your gazing schedule.

BENEFITS: I am learning to maintain my tranquility even when I don’t freakin get my way!

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