East is the direction of beginnings. It is sunrise. When beloved Sun rises, it is an entrance, a door to fresh knowledge. Breathe the light in. Call upon the assistance you need for the day. Give thanks.
East is how the plants, animals, and other beings orient themselves for beginnings, to open and blossom.
The spirit of the day emerges from the sunrise point.
East is also the direction of Oklahoma, where I was born, the direction of the Creek Nation.
From Crazy Brave. A Memoir, by Joy Harjo