Celebrating Chinese New Year February 19th, 2015 (Guest Post)

IMG_1626By Tara Gregory LAc

Setting Your New Year’s Intentions:
A Second Chance

How are your New Year resolutions going? Have you even had time to set any yet? I really enjoy the idea of celebrating the New Year. A time to reflect on the previous year and set clear intentions for the coming year. But if you are anything like me you may not have gotten around to having a period to reflect and regroup. New Year’s celebration falls right on the heels of the busyness of festivities and holiday travel of December, and I feel that I am just now getting my bearings in the New Year.

Good news…. we get a second chance! Whether you are getting ready to set your intentions for the first time around or you just want to reinvigorate your current New Year’s intentions, celebrating Chinese New Year offers space for both.

Chinese New Year follows the Chinese lunar calendar and lands on Thursday February 19th this year. In addition to providing us with another opportunity to reflect, each Chinese New Year is rich in symbolism as they are associate with an animal from the Chinese zodiac.

The year of the Yin Wood Sheep

On February 19th, 2015 we will move out of the Yang Wood Horse year and enter the Yin Wood Sheep year. Last year was a dynamic and invigorating year, moving swiftly with changes in direction and the uprooting of old routines. Due the the nature of both yin and the sheep the coming year offers a period of rest to nourish ourselves and settle into the new changes and growth from last year.

Main qualities of the Sheep and year ahead include:

  • Kindness, generosity, and gentleness in nature
  • Ability to bring peace and harmony into relationships and group interactions
  • Feminine- creative, intuitive, receptive
  • Strong value on art and beauty
  • Accepting of flaws in self and others
  • Softness, ability to relax, heal and be nourished

Looking to jump start your transition into the nourishing and healing qualities of the coming yin sheep year? Acupuncture is a great way to settle the mind, nourish yourself, heal, and get in touch with your deepest intentions for your life and year ahead. Come in and refresh. We’d love to help you find your perfect balance. 

Yours in Health,
Tara

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