My Sunrise Sadhana
April 18th: Day #14
In addition to all of my other intentions described earlier on my Zenith Arc page, it has occurred to me that rising and taking my walk each day before the sun rises above the horizon has another provocative dimension to it.
That being that I am bringing my presence to the same moment of each day, but not the same time. Despite variations in cloud cover, I am abiding in the same light each day, dwelling in one phase of the continuum of phenomena that make up the entire day. I am subsisting in a period of stasis within a dynamic system of astronomical proportions.
Each day on its journey to the solstice the sun rises earlier, and thus I rise earlier to walk in the light of the dawn. Each day, I revel in the moment of dawn, and the moment that the sun actually rises, but the time on the clock is of course changing. And the season is changing; with it the plants and animals around me are changing. The inclination of the earth’s northern hemisphere toward the sun is changing. And the earth’s position relative to the sun is changing as it makes its journey around it, which is of course what is at root of all the other changes that I experience around me.
Beyond that, the earth’s relationship to the moon and to the other planets in the solar system is changing; and the relationship of the solar system to the galaxy is changing as it rotates within the galaxy, and solar system’s position in the galaxy is changing as the galaxy itself rotates around the massive black hole located at its center. And the galaxy’s position in the universe, and its relationship to the other galaxies, is changing as the universe expands ever outwards.
By doing my moving mediation at the same moment of each day, I am inhabiting a still point amidst cosmic change.
Light, of course, displays properties of both a particle and a wave; it can be measured as either, though not simultaneously. But by immersing myself into the same moment of light each morning, I now visualize myself as a particle of light, surfing upon the crest of a light wave, being carried forward to some unknown and distant shore.