For several years now, I have been rising before the sun. I don't remember when I started doing it, but it was a way of having some peaceful time before the children got up. I don't cope well with the breakfast rush when I am bleary eyed and dopey. Now I enjoy a gentle start to each day.
Then, when I did my Permaculture Design Course, we visited the house of David Holmgren. He made a comment about using the daylight and it smacked me in the face just how crazy it is to live the way most of us live!!!
Fancy sleeping in while it is light outside and then having many hours at night where we rely on electricity to provide us with extra light because it's dark outside! When you get up early, you go to bed early. I still need lighting, but only for about three hours or so, not five or more. You gain no extra sleep by sleeping in. You just sleep at a different time! AND you miss out on the most beautiful and peaceful time of the day!
|Excuse my messy vegie garden and shocking photography, but you get the idea!|
So won't you join me in using the free and natural resource of light? It will only hurt for the first couple of days! ;-)