Harness. The. Light. Your brain will thank you.

Happy summer! I hope you are doing lots of playing in the sun and enjoying some of the longest days of the year.

Here's a practice that may look goofy, but actually lights up and activates your midbrain in one magical minute. (I explain why you should care about your midbrain, below.)

Looks kinda funny (a.k.a. awesome and unusual), but not too complex, right?

This is a new version of "sunning," which until now you may have thought of as laying around like the mammal that you are, enjoying the feel of warm sunlight covering your body. While exposing your skin to the sun helps boost your Vitamin D production and gives you a summer glow, exposing your closed eyes to dappled light can give your midbrain an immediate wake-up call.

Why might you care about that? 

Well, light stimulation and pupil dilation activate your midbrain through a couple of cranial nerves that connect your eyes directly to this part of your brain. While not everyone needs midbrain activation, if yours does need it you may notice that sunning makes automatic movements (like walking) more carefree, sharpens your reflexes, and makes your groovy dance moves more fluid. (To know whether it's doing all that for you, you'll have to assess--a.k.a. "do"--a simple movement before and after sunning. Try squatting, single leg balancing, or a single stiff arm raise.)

If you want to get from point A to B with greater ease, style, and integration as only you can...give it a try, and then get to your workout/hike/dance off. You may even find that sunning helps reduce pain.

You may not have thought it possible to influence all that with one quick minute of sunshine, but that's what this blog is all about: simple feel-good surprises about complex stuff.