I recently looked up the word ‘arise’ in the dictionary. It means to Spring Forth! There’s a famous saying by Benjamin Franklin that says Early to bed, Early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. Growing up I wondered how it would make a difference what time you go to bed or get up as long as you get a full night’s rest. It’s begun to make more sense as I’ve gotten older.
When you ‘arise’ early, you tend to do productive things. Things such as exercise, chores, reading, writing, or other productive activities. When you stay up late at night, usually your mind is tired from the day, and you just want to do relaxing things like watch TV or surf the internet or play on facebook.
I am amazed at the difference in a day when I arise early, and get the things done that I want to get done. I experimented with this concept. For 2 full years I kept a strict adherence to a 10:30 bedtime and a 6:30 wake up time. It was tough at first, but my body quickly adjusted to it, and loved it. I felt a notable difference in my physical energy level and my mind was invigorated throughout the day. By the time 10:30 came around in the evening my mind and body were tired and ready for bed, but when 6:30 rolled around, getting up was surprisingly easy. My body expected it and as a result I was able to spring forth in my morning activities with ease. For those 2 years I was amazed at how much I was able to accomplish in my morning hours, as opposed to what I used to try to do in my evening hours. The difference is incredible.
The human body seems to be built to arise with the sun. It may take a little bit of discipline, but it’s worth it. The difference it makes in life is great. Try it out!
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