Daily Dose of Vitamin S

Recently, a number of my family members and close friends have been diagnosed with Vitamin D deficiency, which is surprising since we live in sunny California. It seems we have  an epidemic with lack of vitamin D. The easy cure is just to go out in the sun.

"I'm allergic to the Sun"

“I’m allergic to the Sun”

Yet being in the sun is counter to modern codes of behavior. Just bask in the glow of that last statement for a few minutes.

Exposure to the sun is not only dangerous, but makes us ugly according to modern racist, classist, and paranoid beliefs. My cousin has a friend who claims to be allergic to the sun. That is like being allergic to God.

This whole scenario reminds me of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. We are all prisoners in a cave staring at images projected on a wall which we mistake for reality. When someone does finally escape the cave into the real Light, we kill him when he comes back to free us.

In no way am I  advocating running outside naked and risking skin cancer, but I am calling for a daily dose of Vitamin S. The S stands for Spirit. How rich would our lives be if we got a daily dose of Spirit, of God, of Light?

Like so many of you, I am overly concerned with getting my daily doses of caffeine, text messages, Walking Dead, or Twitter, but I rarely think about exposing myself to Spirit everyday.

So here are 5 tips to increase our exposure to Spirit. Feel free to apply liberally.

  1. “You spin me right round”

    whirling dervishMy first memory of Spirit happened when I ran through the woods as a very young child. For some reason, I closed my eyes and stretched my arms out behind me. The wind blowing on my arms felt like God caressing and guiding me through the narrow forest path.

    Nowadays, I don’t run through the woods with my eyes closed much, but I spin in a circle with my arms outstretched like a Whirling Dervish. The Whirling Dervishes are a Sufi sect founded by the followers of the Persian poet and theologian Rumi. The story goes that Rumi was walking through the market place when he heard the goldbeaters pounding their gold and chanting in rhythm,  “There is none worthy of worship but Allah (God).” Rumi was so filled with happiness that he stretched out his arms and started spinning in a circle. I hope everyone feels touched by God whether they are spinning in circle, running through the woods, or listening to the rhythm of chanting goldbeaters, Hip Hop bands, or Taiko drummers.

  2. Get a Suntan

    We need to get out in the sun, not just for vitamin D, but for vitamin S, as well. Go outside, even if you stay in the shade. Sit under a tree. Splash through a puddle. Listen intently to the wind. Try to see the exact color of a sunset’s last sliver.

  3. Look into my eyes

    Spirit is everywhere if we dare to look. Can you recognize the Spirit in those around you? Look deeply into their eyes and see where love settles. Mother Teresa said about the poor and destitute she worked with, “”They are Jesus. Everyone is Jesus in a distressing disguise.” Can you see Jesus in the strangers you pass on the street? Can you see Jesus in the wretched or despicable souls you judge everyday?

  4. Laugh with Children

    Before the birth of my first son, my sister-in-law told me that since babies just came from the arms of God, they have miraculous things to teach us. Children can oftentimes remember Spirit easier than adults who have long forgotten what God feels like. Spending time with children helps us re-member where we came from.

    When I listen to the laughter of my sons and their friends, everything is ok. The world is at peace. The Universe is smiling. Sometimes when my 3 year old grabs my ears and pulls me close, I can feel God’s love again.

  5. Cry Out Loud

    In one of my favorite speeches of all time, Jimmy Valvano said:

    To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.

    Since we got the thinking and the laughing taken care of, let’s focus on crying. Let’s let ourselves be moved to tears everyday. I just had tears welling up watching the Chariots of Fire clip above. I often allow myself to shed a tear when I read your blog posts. Sometimes when I hug my wife, I feel tears of gratitude bubble up. When our emotions are moved to tears, we know that Spirit is with us.

I’m not claiming to be any closer to Spirit or God than any of you dear readers. In a way, I’m writing this post to remind myself what is really important in my daily life.

Thank you for reading, sharing, and/or smiling.

How do you get your daily dose of Spirit? Please share.

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47 comments on “Daily Dose of Vitamin S

  1. I can feel your Spirit shining on Kozo, you are the brightest light and the warmest soul. I can feel you all the way from Cali. K, now, this is besides the point but did you watch SNL last weekend? The Californians with Kirsten Wiig? I laughed so hard, it definitely renewed my Spirit.

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      Thanks, Kim. Your post with the horses reminded me of looking others in the eyes to see their spirit. Obviously, you see spirit in your daily interactions.
      I missed SNL. I go to sleep about 9:30 when my kids go to sleep. I will check youtube for a replay. I love when we laugh so hard that we feel at one with humanity. {{{Hugs}}} Kozo

  2. When I run and complete goals I am moved to tears, when I think of my only daughter graduating in a few weeks I’m moved to tears, when I am able to just relax, feel the sun and breath I am moved to tears. Sounds like a lot of things and that I am crying all the time but for me it is really feeling. I laugh a lot too and find myself crying with laughter. Thanks for the reminder that we need to have our daily dose of vit. D and the Spirit.

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      I love what you said, tRT, “it is really feeling.” Yes, when feelings overflow out of our hearts and manifest tears. Can’t think of a better way to live life. Sounds like you feel the Spirit everyday. Like Jimmy V. said, “you do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.” {{{hugs}}} Kozo

  3. Sandy says:

    Very Nice Kozo. I almost cried while watching the video, even though I knew the outcome. I do find something to laugh about on a daily basis – sometimes without even trying. And as for my daily dose of spirit, life wouldn’t hold the same meaning without it. Much Love, Sandy

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      I agree, Sandy. Life wouldn’t hold the same meaning without daily doses of Spirit.
      Yeah, whenever Eric Liddel runs and tilts his head back to heaven, I get teary eyed. I love the scene where he gets knocked down and gets back up and wins the race. Kind of a nice metaphor for life. {{{hugs}}}} Kozo

  4. Lead Our Lives says:

    Beautiful post!

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      Thanks, Carrie. I just visited your blog. Seems like we are definitely on the same vibration. Thank you for spreading the love. {{{hugs}}} Kozo

      • Lead Our Lives says:

        I believe we definitely are on the same vibration. Loving the blogging community which is filled with so many of us like-minded hearts (souls). Thank you for visiting my blog!

  5. Alison says:

    What a wonder you are Kozo! What good reminders. I can’t believe that pic of people swimming all covered up like that – allergic to the sun? That’s heartbreaking.
    Daily dose of spirit – breathtaking sunsets from the patio, a hike over the mountain, swimming in the warm pool, laughing at many of the wonderful blog posts I read, long hugs with Don, saying ‘hola’ with a smile to everyone we pass on the street as we walk into town to buy groceries, and above all a commitment to presence. Whenever I start to feel a bit off kilter the immediate response is to feel whatever feelings need to be felt and then drop into presence. In presence there’s just this – what is, as it is.
    (((((Hugs)))))
    Alison

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      Love your list of daily doses, Alison. Of course, I love long hugs. “hola” also has a special space in my heart since I spent so much time in Baja, Mexico, Central and South America. Most importantly, your point about dropping into presence is key. Reminds me of the saying, “Let go, Let God.” {{{long Hug}}} Kozo

    • 1EarthUnited says:

      Yes Alison, it’s sad but true very fair skinned people may have an allergic reaction to the sun called polymorphous light eruption — PMLE, and it’s genetic. I really admire that lady in the photo who chooses to enjoy her day with the little boy despite her condition. We only need to focus on what’s truly important to us, and live it. Thx for sharing your daily dose of spirit with us Kozo. ☼

  6. grandmalin says:

    There is nothing on this earth more healing than laughter. My family laughs at funerals. (Well, you know, not constantly or anything – we also cry.) I love your list – why do we sometimes find it so hard to allow ourselves to be emotional? Like Alison said, feel the feelings that need to be felt. And then go for a walk in the sunshine. Or the rain. ♥

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      First thought off the top of my head was I would love to go to one of your funerals, Grandmalin. Then I realized how that sounds. I guess what I’m saying is I would love to laugh with your family. Here’s to laughter and walks in the rainy sunshine. {{{Hugs}}} Kozo

  7. I’m going to bask in vitamin S!!!!!!

  8. yaussiechick says:

    Today, I got the dose of Vitamin S from you and a few other bloggers but mostly it was from a friend on Facebook. Hugs

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      Yes, yaussiechick, as much as I like to criticize facebook, it can be a source of tremendous Spirit. I just need to remind myself to balance computer time with SUN time. haha. {{{hugs}}} Kozo

  9. […] that we love and long to know better but the one that really smacked me upside my head was by Kozo http://everydaygurus.com/2013/05/15/daily-dose-of-vitamin-s/. He posed a really wonderful picture of needing our daily dose of vitamin S. I was trying to think […]

  10. KM Huber says:

    Such wisdom, my dear friend, as always. As you say, it really is a matter of doses, be it spirit or sun, for only we know what our individual dosage may be. Perhaps if we will just get our daily dose of spirit, we will recognize that not only are we enough, we have more than enough to share with everyone else for spirit is one that is ever overflowing. What a beautiful post, Kozo, and thank you so much.
    KM

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      Yes, Karen. There is more than enough spirit to share. I believe that when we get our daily dose we generate more for others to enjoy. I just read a blog post yesterday that had a quotation from Marianne Williamson about how when we heal ourselves, we make it possible for others to heal. Thanks for the wisdom. {{{hugs}}} Kozo

  11. kasturika says:

    I had vitamin D deficiency too… And I live in India! Its all this sitting in front of a computer thing… Interesting how you related a physical problem with a spiritual one… Will try to catch more of these vitamins more often 🙂 {{{hugs}}}

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      Yeah, Kasturika, vitamin D is a tricky one. Women in general need to get their share of vitamin D to prevent osteoporosis. I know you get your share of vitamin S, but you can never have too much. {{{hugs]}} Kozo

  12. BroadBlogs says:

    I don’t get my daily dose of spirit as much as I should. I do try to meditate and read something of a spiritual nature every day. Your blog helps. Thanks!

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      Meditation is key, Georgia. Like Amma, the hugging guru, says, “Meditation is the gold of our practice.” I think that we particularly need to get large doses of Spirit since we are fighting huge injustices in our society. It is so easy to get burned out and cynical. I’ve seen it happen to academics and political activists. I get my dose of Spirit and wisdom from your blog as well. {{{hugs}}} Kozo

  13. […] Daily Dose of Vitamin S opens us to an everyday possibility often overlooked and a vitamin well-worth a daily dose, at least. […]

  14. diannegray says:

    I need a booster shot of Vitamin S (and calm and patients and relaxation) today because I have an inspector coming out to check out some foundation work that has been done at the RUC 😯

    Wish me luck! {{{hugs}}}

  15. utesmile says:

    Great post and good points Kozo, I read something spiritual daily and try and have some quiet time, like meditation. There are lots of blogs to get it from. And a syou know I do love the sun but it is missing at the moment in my country.I get a lot from your blog, Kozo. Keep shining! 🙂

  16. theINFP says:

    I think that you have something special going, you have awakened the light within you, this helps you to see the light around you and inspire your readers to do the same 🙂

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      Thanks, Robert. Those are very kind words. I am just reflecting the Light I get from others, like you. Hopefully, we can keep spreading the Light to darker places on earth. {{{hugs}}} Kozo

  17. Rohan 7 Things says:

    Great post Kozo, agree on all points. These are all wonderful ways to connect with the divine and get out of the numb hum drum!

    Here in Ireland every minute of sunlight is precious lol, being out in nature when we can is a major priority!

    Thanks for sharing and for the important reminders 🙂 All the best, hugs!

    Rohan.

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      I see you living/traveling to Asia soon, Rohan. There is a lot of sun in South Asia. Better work on your tan. 🙂
      I appreciate the comment, especially coming from someone so full of Spirit. {{{Hugs}}} Kozo

  18. Lady Lovely says:

    Beautiful post my friend. Way to spread the love and ensure that we all spend more time outdoors.

  19. Sunshine says:

    daily dose of the spirit is simple. just close your eyes wherever you are and say hello there…what’s going on? sometimes if there is time, you can just idle in this moment. other times you must get back to whatever you’re doing…funny, the Divine is so close we forget sometimes. ☺
    thanks! ☼sunHUGS!!

  20. Geo Sans says:

    play

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  21. Wow… you are an AMAZING blogger Kozo! Your inspirational writing is spectacular. You are a blessing to us all. With love and {hugs}, your friend Gina

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