Do you know we just began the Year of the Horse with Chinese New Year? Each year has a unique way that you can benefit if you know the challenges and gifts it brings. Would you like to know what this may mean for you? If you're curious, read on below.
And what has happened with my personal retreat? The retreat is officially completed. As soon as I know my next work location I'll announce it.
You might ask next: what is happening with this newsletter and blog? This newsletter and blog will continue every first and third Tuesday of the month to bring you seasonal information on being healthy according to Chinese medicine. If you want to stay up to date, subscribe to the Clay Pot Medicine Newsletter!
Be well, Tanuja
P.S. Chinese New Year means that spring has begun. If you are somewhere that doesn't have spring yet, don't despair. There are at least two good things for you to know. One is that you can think of it in terms of spring-feeling before spring actually arrives. You might choose to wear brighter colors at this part of winter and enjoy the longer hours of natural daylight. The other is that I've included a picture below of the first crocuses in Portland taken on February 16th.
Year of the Horse and You
Are you someone born in the horse year? Do you know your Chinese zodiac year sign, maybe from a Chinese restaurant placemat? (If not, see the chart below.) There are twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac, each associated more with yin or yang aspects, and with five element aspects (fire, earth, metal, water, wood) that rotate through the 12 signs and five elements in a 60 year cycle.
Horse is yang, fire, enduring and prevailing. So, in 2014 the horse will lend strong, spontaneous, cheery, free energy. Information will be out in the open rather than hidden.
The year 2014 is of the wood element which flows upward and outward like a bursting seedling or bud.
As you know, wood feeds fire. This year will have a lot of potential energy for everyone, but the right amount of balance, attention and fuel is needed for a fire. Have you ever made a fire and it fizzled out quickly? Or, have you ever made a fire and when burned super hot you saw amazing red-hot coals? Have you ever had a fire going when you wanted to attend something else instead, or even take a nap and conserve your energy, money and attention? If you feel like conserving, do that! But if you have a lot of fuel and you want to burn it for a project you really care about, do that too!
Depending on your own sign, you will be more or less compatible with 2014's enthusiastic wood horse. If you're a horse, tiger, dog or sheep, you'll be more harmonious with the year. If you're a rat, the opposite sign, you'll be less interested in the blooming blossoms of fire horse. No matter your sign, listen to yourself and choose what to put your energy into, and you'll make sure to stay healthy and you might even get a little wealthy and wise along the way.
Happy New Year, again! Do you know we just entered the Year of the Horse? Would you like to know what this may mean for you? If you're curious, be sure to read my next blog post in two weeks.
What has happened with my personal retreat? I have officially completed my time of retreat. For this newsletter I am continuing to share writing to inspire thought and reflection. Since the new year has begun, the cycle of spring is beginning to grow. Spring is when the quiet of winter begins to wake up and mobilize. I invite you to take a quiet moment to read the following. As usual notice what thoughts arise for you during and afterward. Then, I invite you to take on a new challenge of reflection in action.
Be well, Tanuja
Invitation to Reflection
Do you like compliments? Why? When other people tell us something about ourselves it is a way to know more about who we are. Affirmations and compliments are the best. Instead of asking: "Am I a stellar singer?" or "Do I look attractive enough?" we can temporarily not worry and believe it's true, until we doubt again. Whether it took a couple of seconds, a month or years, doesn't it feel good to believe the best or better of ourselves?
What if that doubt and worry turned increasingly frequently to certainty? Could there be a lasting certainty of yourself as being good?
What if you could constantly live in the reality that you are already your best self? Might each and every person be fully human and fully divine? As a fully divine being, you are always your best self. Can you live with the awareness of being both human and divine? If not, can you believe it is possible?
Are you ready to take on a life-changing challenge?
For the next 21 days, find a quite moment each day and write three ways you are your best self or showed someone else they were their best self.
Then, share your endeavor and its results with someone you care about.
I'm a Licensed Acupuncturist who loves to cook and share tips on Chinese medicine. Lately I've been on a road trip. Please subscribe to my newsletter for news on feeling your best!