January 14th 2021 Thursday
Shooting details: 1/40th @ F13, ISO 100 Canon 7D. 130mm on Canon 70-200 2.8, shot every second. Put together at 15fps then doubled in post. Around 1200 images.
We slept in until 5:30 this morning because Al worked late last night. For years we have tried to be more disciplined in our morning routine. Every January we tighten up on this. Currently our morning routine usually consists of waking at 5am, drinking hot lemon water, chatting a bit while we wake up, then we do a reading from "Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life" by Wayne Dyer, then morning pages, then a 20 minute morning yoga. This usually brings us to about 6:30. Well this morning since our delay of getting out of bed it pushed us to about 6:50. After I got off the floor from yoga I checked out the back door. There was already gorgeous color in the sky. So quickly I pulled on my cuddle duds and suited up and ran out for sunrise. The walk was beautiful and warm for a January day. When I got to the beach you could tell the colors were eventually only going to occupy the the space directly surrounding the horizon where sunrise would be as clouds were closing in everywhere around me. It was one of those mornings where it seems like the sunrise is happening just for us Rogers Parkers. One of those mornings where the colors and the light are so beautiful you truly and easily feel blessed just by seeing it. Those mornings are my favorite. Sunrise serves as a form of prayer and meditation for me. I love my sunrise pals and having sunrise meet ups and parties but I always value my solo sunrises as they give me the perfect atmosphere for prayer and appreciation. Starting my day with sunrise is just another way to structure self care/love into my daily routine. If you haven't done it, I encourage you to get out there and give it a try especially if you are feeling unusually hopeless. angry, or just having trouble finding beauty in life right now.
Many of you know I follow and have studied positive psychology for over ten years now. One thing that many of these leaders say is MOVE. I was fortunate enough to be invited by a friend to see Tony Robbins once. It was totally wild but in a kinda creepy way...lol. I enjoyed the experience and took notes but wow it was strange to see an arena full of people turning to each other saying "I own you". I sat that exercise out because I never want to own anyone in anyway nor would such statements make me feel powerful. However there were shining gems among the creepy. He talked about movement. Said that if you are feeling bad or don't like how you are feeling move, move your body. Movement changes our physiology. Get out of bed or off the couch and go for a walk. Just move. I always try to keep this in mind. So whenever I'm feeling less than I move, whatever that means under the conditions I am in. Sunrise is like my initial scheduled time to move everyday. Even if the sun doesn't come out and its cold and gray I never regret my action and commitment to move in hopes of something beautiful.
See you at sunrise tomorrow?