Resilience, Perseverance, Creativity, Imagination
Change, Transformation, Evolution, Visioning. In spring the Wood Element provides a burst of energy to examine our lives and dreams for the future. As Spring winds blow and flowers bloom, we have newfound creative inspiration to imagine, act and manifest. Hope abounds!
Lunar New Year 2023, a Year of Hope
On January 22, 2023, the Lunar New Year of the Water Rabbit begins. This is a sign of peace, prosperity, fluidity, agility, abundance, longevity, and hope. Rabbit also associated with the arts and creativity provides the perfect opportunity to engage in new acts of creation. Additionally, Rabbit has a strong association with personal self-care serving as a potent reminder of the critical importance of personal nurturance to enhance our well-being.
Winter Solstice 2022: The Turning
May each spark of match, each candle’s flickering flame, serve to remind us of the creativity, possibility and mystery contained within the dark — the dark from which all light, and all life, is born. -Rabbi Adina Allen
Winter Wonderland: Stillness. Restoration, Renewal
Inward Reflection, Creative Inspiration Autumn: The Element of Metal
“Autumn is a time of letting go of what is no longer of value as well as taking in the bright, crisp invigorating air of the heavens. Autumn is full of red, gold and rusty brown leaves falling on the earth. It is cold and fresh.” — Debra Kaatz, Characters of Wisdom
The Fifth Season: Opening our Hearts to Love
Reading through the contributions this month I was struck by something Jude Ponton wrote, when she reflected that imbalances in the Yi spirit might present as Psychospiritual Indigestion. As we enter into the Fifth Season of Chinese Medicine, the Element of the Earth we have an opportunity to examine what we cannot digest, and to identify ways to nurture ourselves, embrace the bountiful abundance of Mother Earth, and find center physically, emotionally, and spiritually. When there is a lack of joy, or a crisis of values we find meaning and purpose by transforming the negative impulses that surround us. Judy Bernard’s contribution this month provides self-care strategies designed to address these deep and profound emotional feelings so that we are able to open our hearts to both give and receive Love.
The Element of Fire, Kindness, and Gratitude
Gratitude: An attitude of thankfulness develops humility, opens the heart, and brings our attention back to the Source…Gratitude acknowledges that life is meaningful and valuable, prevents our taking life for granted…and reminds us of our interconnectedness. —Lionel Corbett, Psyche and the Sacred
Planting Seeds of Transformation
“Transformation leads people to become more deeply and completely who they are and have always potentially been…Transformation is realization, revelation, and emergence, not self-improvement, change for the better, or becoming a more ideal person. The transforming person is someone who realizes the inherent self to the maximum extent possible and in turn influences others to do the same.” – Murray Stein, Transformation, Emergence of the Self.
Tune into Light, Embrace Stillness
Phanes: I am Phanes your light. Sharpen the sword so that it slashes. Light the torch so that the darkness grows luminous. Jung: What am I supposed to do with your dark words? Should I act or listen? Phanes: You should stay quiet so that it comes to you. — C. G Jung, The Black Books, Volume VIeradicat
Kindness, Compassion and Thanksgiving
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson