Gong Xi Fa Cai!
Wishing you prosperity for the coming year of the Tiger. The Lunar New Year falls on 1st February this year. This is a time of new beginnings, letting go of the old and welcoming in the new. What do we need to let go of and what do we need to move forward?
I like that the Lunar New Year celebration happens a little further into the year than here in the UK. 1st January is still so deep in mid-winter that it’s always seemed a funny time to set intentions for the year ahead when all we really want to do is stay snuggled up in semi-hibernation. It’s a bit easier now the days are lengthening, and a hint of spring is on the horizon.
Most of you probably know the story of the Great Race, where the 12 zodiac animals competed to get across the river first. Tiger came third after the wily rat and the hard-working ox he hitched a ride on. Those characters certainly played true to form during the pandemic over the last two years…
In 2020 the year of the rat was all about survival.
In 2021 the year of the ox was about anchoring ourselves in the new reality.
And in 2022 the year of the Tiger is going to be about change, about possibility and adventure. It will be a year to get stuff done.
Chinese culture holds Tigers in high regard and considers them a symbol of courage, vitality and strength. Just remember, Tiger really wanted to win the race that day, it is that strength that we carry with us into this new year.
But before we can look forward, we must also take a moment to look back. What are we still carrying with us that we could let go of? Maybe an unresolved argument, anger towards someone, guilt or hurt about something we’ve done or has happened to us, negative feelings we have about ourselves. Release those things, offer forgiveness, and move forwards with clarity for new beginnings.
Are you having difficulty shifting negative feelings? Think they may be contributing to poor health?