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How to Perform Sun Prayers

Do this beautiful spiritual ritual outside on mornings as the sun rises. If you live near a body of water, perform the ritual beside the water, or even better, wade into the water.

1. Fill a clay or copper cup with water. Be sure to set aside a cup just for your sun worship ritual. Do not use it for eating or drinking.

2. Go outside and face east, the direction of the rising sun.​ ​

3. Raise your hands above your head and, with both hands holding the cup, slowly and reverently pour water downward to the earth below.

4. Keep your gaze turned upward toward the open sky, where the sun is about to rise.

5. As you pour water from the vessel, you can, if you wish, chant​ the mantra of your choosing​, or you can simply chant OM throughout. Learn more mantras here.

You can shower or bathe either before the spiri­tual ritual or afterward.

​Fresh in body, aligned with sun, earth and breath, grateful to the muscles and bones for bending and flexing upon ​your request, totally appreciative of ​your​ existence on earth, ​and ​refreshed and cleansed in body and mind​, begin your day!


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