Here Comes The Sun

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 By Rick Levine

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

The Lunar Eclipse activates your 10th House of Status, emphasizing the important role that you’re being called on to play at this time. Your life may feel fated now, as if something very significant is happening. Your fame and fortune could undergo a sudden change, but your ultimate success depends more on how you handle a tricky situation than what actually occurs.

Okay, I’ll try to be ready for that tricky situation.  Today we’re going to try to go sledding!

On Sunday Max went skiing with friends while Hannah went sledding with friends.  I took Atticus out for a long, beautiful, white walk and Gerry shoveled the deck.  Winter wonderland!

This is NOT Minnesota

I’m feeling the lack of sun more this year than any other year.  I’ve heard that as folks grow older the whole missing-the-sun thing can become more intense (hence the move of so many folks to ‘sun valley’) in retirement.

The everyday aches and pains of Fibro had been pretty well under control until about 2 weeks ago (when I ate some wheat in a feeble protest against the world, that’ll teach ’em!)

But slowly I’ve been coming back to life, getting out and walking as much as I can, doing yoga, stretching, and I’m grateful for any day that I can get out and move or get physical work done in the house.  Huzzah!

Keepin' it small

But today is the SOLSTICE!  The sun will stay around a bit longer, the days will grow, and I will feel more like a human being!

A friend told me this weekend that the days actually start lengthening a few days before the solstice, which made me very happy.  I don’t know whether that’s the reason, whether it’s the fact that Christmas is 4 days away (our small tree is once again in our window seat) or whether it’s my daily Vit D3, walk & adherence to non gluten, but I’m feeling much more like my old self right now.  YAY!

Max & Kathleen Kayak at Lake Ida

I get up pretty early, before the sun is up.  As the light comes into the house, as the sun rises, I can feel my spirits lift and my soul grow.

I hate to say this, because I love being here in Minnesota so much, but it’s definitely hard late in the afternoons when the light just shuts off like a switch has been flipped.

Proud Maxie keep on Shovelin'

Of course, the flip side is that during the Summer the light just goes on and on and on, which is quite wonderful!

Getting to the Summer – or to the Spring when I can ride my bike around again – is the hard part.  In the mean time, I have it on good authority that my big gift is a cycling trainer so I can ride my bike on our enclosed porch and dream of warmer days!

I’m beginning to regret that I’ve not been looking for teaching engagements this Winter – especially ones in the SOUTH.

This is a VERY good sign.  I actually WANT to have some new teaching engagements, and it’s December.

At this time last year I was fearful that I wouldn’t be able to keep the three gigs I’d agreed to over the Summer, but here I am a year later – in the dead of winter – wishing I’d set up more engagements!

Maybe I actually AM learning to manage this fibro thing?

4 thoughts on “Here Comes The Sun

    • Reply to Debra’s comment — I have a “happy light” (purchased from Gaiam eleven years ago for $100, which was a fortune to me then), and it has been worth every penny. The first time I used it (living in a house with a dark, wood-panelled interior, on a heavily wooded lot — NO natural light was getting in), I FELT the darkness lifting from me. I now live in a town in Western NY that gets fewer hours of sunlight annually than does Seattle, and the light is an important part of my winter routine. I’m not a physician or therapist; all I can say is, that for me and for my partner, the light is important, and it works.

  1. Hi Annie, I have just completed a course in, of all things, Medical Transcription. I am, right this minute studying for the Registration and Certification tests. This week’s unit is about the endocrine system, and that’s where I thought of you. The study material says:

    Pineal gland: Located near the roof of the 3rd ventricle of the brain and resembles a
    pine nut.
    It receives and responds to sensory information from the optic nerve and is
    sometimes referred to as the “third eye.”
    Pinealocytes: Specialized secretory cells within the pineal gland responsible for
    synthesizing the hormone melatonin which is then secreted directly into the CSF.

    Functions of melatonin:
    This hormone is believed to have a regulatory role in sexual and reproductive
    Organizes and regulates circadian rhythms such as the sleep/wakefulness
    It is also thought to play a role in hunger/satiety cycles, mood changes and
    jet lag.

    Pineal gland diseases
    o Seasonal affective disorder (SAD): A condition caused by hypersecretion of
    melatonin. It usually occurs during the winter months and is characterized by
    depression, weight gain and an increased desire for food and sleep.

    So, I have already stated I am not a doctor, but only a person studying medical language. I’m sure you’ve been down many roads, but this information just jumped at me and made me think of you. Perhaps a melatonin imbalance is also involved in your various ailments? It’s at least another direction to explore, if you haven’t already.

    • It’s a thought – and one worth considering.

      Although – and this has been a pattern for my adult life – I generally don’t gain weight in the Fall and Winter (I gain in the Spring & Summer – odd, I know… I think it’s all the ice cream I eat because I hate hot weather) I’m definitely not craving food or eating more than usual. If anything, the opposite is true!

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