Sunrise and Sunset

Week thirty five in wake up and something close to my soul

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I smiled, there may well have been a titter of laughter and then I smiled some more. The muscles on my face stretched in a pleasant manner. This week’s challenge was to seek out sunrises and sunsets. Chris might well have just set the challenge of listening to a Paul Weller record – he was talking to the converted.

Since moving into our apartment every night we sleep with the windows and curtains open. The view is superb and in the morning I wake up naturally. No alarm clock is needed (it is still switched on just in case. I’ve only had to use it once). Every morning the sunset slowly wakes me from slumber. I often wake naturally minutes before it arrives to give its blessing. I would advise everyone, if they can, to sleep with the curtains and windows open and let nature wake you up because it is the most natural thing in the world. We are designed for the sun and day break to gradually wake us from the land of nod and not electronic devices. If you can sleep this way please try it, you will never regret it. You might say that your partner doesn’t like to sleep with the curtains open but they could always wear an eye mask. Sarah does and she sleeps very well (she loves her sleep).

Let me expand on this for a moment (I’m all for sharing good advice). Last week we gave up our apartment for my sister in-law and her boyfriend and we slept back at the pub in a darkened bedroom, pitch black except for a shard of light from a distant street light. I’d slept like this in this room for close to five and a half years but because of my new way of sleeping at the apartment I found sleeping in a darkened room totally depressing. I woke when the alarm clock sprang into action and I woke feeling shattered and depressed.

Why was I sleeping this way? Was I dead? Was I waiting for the funeral director to take me away? Was this natural? All questions led to the answer ‘no’.

I know for some people this won’t be possible to sleep with the curtains and windows open because of where they live, I’ve lived in those places for most if not all of my life too, but trust me when I say if you can sleep with the windows and curtains open to please try it. I wake every morning feeling alive and you can too because that’s what the rising sun does to the human mind and spirit. When you catch the sunrise (naturally a couple of times a week in my case) your spirit and mind open up and you see that we are nothing more than just specks of dust in the universe and all your problems seem very, very small and life is there in front of you to be embraced and enjoyed.

As for sunset, this is slightly trickier because for five days a week I work in a kitchen with no windows. If I do catch the sunset and the skies are painted orange, red and purple I ask the kitchen staff to come outside and share the moment with me. I do the same if I catch a rainbow or a full moon. When I’ve done this you can see magic on their faces. For a brief moment wonder enters them before we go back into the overly bright kitchen, to the heat, to the sticky atmosphere, the smell of oil burning and to cook and serve up more fish and chips or scampi or sliced fleshed off a dead animal!

(“Oh Mark keep your veggie political views out of this please we are carnivores after all and you used to eat meat yourself”. *For anyone reading this who is missing the point – I am just joshing with you, I have no say and don’t care what your diet is, lighten up, smile more and laugh more. Live more and try Quorn – ANOTHER JOKE PEOPLE – CHILL, FOR THE HEAVENS ABOVE TAKE IT EASY, I’M JOKING – let’s all smile more, it’s great for you).

When we ran a pub in Somerset the kitchen was different and almost every night I captured the sunset. The colours were unbelievable. I’ve said it before and I will say it again; Somerset is the place to be for sunsets, truly magical sunsets. I think that’s the reason whenever I drive to Somerset I feel I’m coming home.

Week thirty five’s challenge wasn’t a challenge for me because I always see the beauty in sunrises and sunsets (almost) daily and always have. It was however a time to realise there are times in my day when I am at ONE with the cosmos – we connect, I see myself and the planet in it’s true place and realise there are somethings in our life that naturally touch deepest inside, removing idiosyncrasy, stripping away the ego and make me realise we are more than just skin, bones, thought and matter – we are an energy waiting to be released.

Mark Cuddy

Someone who learned to wake up


Go to the profile of Sarah-Kate Goodwin
over 5 years ago
Mark - I also sleep with my curtains open. I love the natural light to wake me in the better seasons and to remind me there is a day to be had! Lovely blog filled with much good advice and banter. I really enjoyed the read
Go to the profile of Mark Cuddy
over 5 years ago
Thank you so much Sarah-Kate, you are absolutely correct sleeping this way is the best. I to wake up every morning feeling positive that the day ahead is there for me to enjoy and get something positive out of. All the best.
Go to the profile of Jacqui
over 5 years ago
What a wonderful way to start the day. Love your positive outlook Mark!
Go to the profile of Vanessa
over 5 years ago
A man after my own heart! So happy we're back to sensible sunrise and sunset times so I can convince my husband to leave the windows open!
Go to the profile of Chris Baréz-Brown
over 5 years ago
Wow!! Totally loving and with you on the hippie vibe. Bring it on. Fantastic post. Huge love, Chris xx