When I was a young child and my bedtime was 7:30, the advent of a darker evening meant that I was awake longer while the night sky became opaque. It felt as if I was staying up later, even though I understood in theory I was going to bed at the same time. Since the pandemic my bedtime has gotten earlier. I go out less, plus I got older these past 19 months. I have yet to go to bed at 7:30, but it feels easy to get into bed when it’s been dark for a few hours.
The advantage to this is that the sun rises later giving me a chance to wake up with time for coffee and a very short walk to the East River promenade to get a picture of the morning’s dawn. I love how frequently the light changes from moment to moment and from day to day. While our world has changed in so many ways, I appreciate the regularity of the sun. Even on cloudy or rainy days, the sun may not make an appearance, but trusting it resides behind the clouds gives me great comfort.
There is a simple joy in recognizing the beauty in nature. While a city girl at heart, getting away, or finding the green patches among the concrete, is a balm for the soul. The cool weather sunrises, and when possible, the sunsets provide a colorful array of grace. Those moments have been invaluable in bringing ease during these tenuous times.
- Enjoy sunrises and sunsets. If you don’t have a view of them, there are amazing pictures online. Thank you to those who post such gorgeous photographs.
- Ground yourself by standing on grass, rocks, or other solid earthbound foundations. Feel your feet connecting to the earth. Stand tall so that you feel as if the crown of your head is extended from an invisible cord skyward.
- If your schedule permits, allow the early dark evenings to ease you into a sense of restfulness.