This ritual will take a bit of effort, but it’s worth it.
First you need to find out the times of dawn in your area, and pick a hill-top where you have a good view eastwards. Set your alarm early enough so you can get to your hilltop before dawn. Bear in mind that times quoted for dawn in various publications refer to the time when there is enough light to see for certain occupations. They do not refer to the actual moment the sun becomes visible, which may happen up to an hour later.
Get to your hilltop well before sun-up. However balmy the weather has been, you will be much colder than you anticipate, so wrap up warm. Settle yourself to watch for the run-rise. Choose a patch of ground that is as smooth and soft underfoot as you can find, for your vigil.
As the light increases, notice how things around you change. Something mighty is happening in Nature. Birds increase activity, shapes change, the wind may stir or quieten and the earth seems to sing. Savour the excitement.
As the sun comes up it will become obvious exactly where it will appear. Watch this spot attentively. That magical moment when the fiery rim breaks over the horizon is not to be missed. While the sun is low, looking at it is much less dangerous because the radiation has to pass through much more atmosphere, so, while it’s important to be careful, don’t worry too much about gazing for a few seconds.
While the sun is rising, take off your shoes. When the total sphere is above the horizon, stand up, open your arms to the sun, say ‘Welcome’ and dance. Dance in honour of the sun, imagining those electric rays powering your limbs. Sparks from the sun are running in your veins. Your whole being is set afire.
Dance for as long as you like, affirming to yourself that you are being not only re-charged, but inspired. Then sit for a while, visualising success and fulfilment. Go home and rest for a while, reflecting on your power and freedom. Note your experiences in a journal.