Today, I’d like to continue our series on how we can change the world by introducing you to the source of our life on our great planet, Sol, our beautiful sun.
Every day, I visit a wonderful website called SpaceWeather.Com. I do this because it has all the information we need to know on the health, and temperament of our sun on any given day. Many of you may not know that 2013 is the year of the Solar Maximum, which marks the peak of a 12 year cycle our sun experiences. This solar cycle is explained as the intensity of electromagnetic activity on the surface of the sun. It is measure by many key factors: number of sunspots, number of solar flares, number of coronal mass ejections. This year has been a very active year, as we have seen many flares and CMEs hit the Earth. These flares and CMEs can disrupt satellites, radio signals, cause amazing Aurora in the north and south pole, and if strong enough, it can wipe out every electronic instrument on the planet. Every second, the sun puts our more energy than we have used over the course of human history. Humbling isn’t it?
Regardless of your religion or creed, for all intents and purposes the sun is what keeps us alive — without it our planet would be cold, lifeless and barren. We are fortunate enough to have a young sun, which is relatively calm, and provides us with more energy than we could ever consume. So, the real question is, why aren’t we moving towards complete and total dependence on the sun? There are several varied answers to that — big oil, the coal industry, the natural gas industry, lobbyists, politics, but most of all, fear of change.
No matter what you hear on the television, or read online, or in the papers, our fossil fuel supply is vanishing at an alarming rate. We will not survive if we do not start harnessing the power of this magnificent source of energy — the same energy that all life thrives on. So changing our world is going to involve our sun, rather than trying to escape the inevitable. We already have the greatest nuclear power planet available to us. Why would we attempt to duplicate what the universe has already perfected and given to us for free?
This brings me to my next point about the sun. We were not meant to hide all day in the house, we were born under the stars, and our bodies require sunlight. Besides the mental benefits of being among nature and out in the sun, we also require sunlight to produce vitamin D. Most people do not know this until they get their check up and find that they have low levels of Vitamin D, which has many benefits to our health.
Today is summer solstice for the Northern Hemisphere. Today is the perfect day to step out into the sunlight and bask in the healing light. We are tilted closest to the sun today, and its the perfect opportunity to receive a warm kiss from our life-giving friend. Time to get our from behind that computer, step outside and just live in today’s moment.
I will leave you with this question today: How do you plan to celebrate the sun today?