One of my fondest memories as a child was the excitement of Dad coming home and playing basketball games such as Horse and Pig. As a family, another memory is about our camping trips. For me, the campfire songs and Smores were the highlights from these trips.
Dad works in the field of Counseling and, as you know, I am a Coach. Our relationship has grown into an adult relationship where we can talk about anything. When we have a difference of opinion we’re both okay with it. We have different beliefs and live quite different lives however; he supports me and loves me for who I am. Every week I meet my Dad for lunch and just chat for a while. I look forward to seeing him every Monday.
When Dad recently had a heart attack, I took a close look at our relationship and what I learned from him. One of the biggest things Dad taught me was accepting and balancing my Yin Yang energy. I say accepting because when I consider myself, I feel I have more masculine energy, which in our social structure always made me feel less than. Thanks, Dad, for your unconditional love and really seeing me! I love you, Dad!
We are all Fathers to all children around the world! Happy Father’s Day to all!
Celebrate! Celebrate with joy! How do you celebrate?
Celebration! People all over the world take the opportunity to celebrate everything and anything. Celebrations can last just a few moments to days or weeks. The celebration of a small accomplishment can be in the form of a “high five”. The Chinese New Year celebration is more than two weeks. There are celebrations that range from the traditional to the unusual. Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving are examples of traditional celebrations. April Fool’s Day and Halloween are unusual yet popular. The variety of religious or spiritual celebrations abounds world-wide and is present in most cultures. Celebrating, whether it’s for fun or to give honor, is loved by all.
No matter how your spirituality is structured you may have traditional ways to celebrate your belief. The question this week is: How do you celebrate your beliefs?
Viewpoint 1: I celebrate my beliefs by living them. Even though my beliefs are quite different from my friends and family we celebrate our beliefs by coming together while respecting each other. This creates agreeable conditions where we can all celebrate with joy and love on any given holiday.
Viewpoint 2: I spend time with family and friends. Also, I like to take time with Mother Nature. For me, being in nature is really important when celebrating who I am and what I believe.
I celebrate by taking some time to meditate and celebrate my spirituality. I also go to see my family where a big part of the celebration is the dinner. When children are involved I like to do some type of activity with them which involves celebrating our beliefs.
However you celebrate your beliefs, celebrate knowing you are loved. If you don’t feel loved, know that I love you!
Chinese New Year is the most significant of all Chinese holidays. 2012 is the Year of the Dragon and the New Year falls on January 23rd. Chinese New Year is considered a time of new beginnings and setting new intentions. The days leading up to the Chinese New Year are the time for clearing clutter from the past year out of your home, including mental clutter and financial clutter. Feng Shui is all about making room for new things to enter your life, so this is the perfect time to do a great deal of clearing and preparing for new energy. Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art form that creates harmony and balance in your home or office space. Some tips for a great Chinese New Year:
Before January 23 be sure to clean your house and your crystals (clean crystals with soap and water or a mixture of orange oil and water
On January 23 do not vacuum or clean house – you will sweep your good luck right out the door – do go to work so you will have a job for the year – do something fun do not argue, gossip, complain, bicker, housework, or anything stressful etc. Do something fun, go to the movies, deposit checks into your account, read a book, go to dinner etc. What you do on January 23 affects the entire year.
To attract good Karma, put a donation (whatever amount you choose) in a red envelope and give it to someone in need on January 23. The good Karma for this day will return to you 10,000 times!
2012, the Year of the Dragon is marked by excitement, unpredictability, exhilaration and intensity. It is a year of transformational energy.
What “ah-ha” moments have you had this year? In the lull between Christmas and New Years it may be a good time to reflect on the amazing year now coming to a close. You may be amazed by the personal and spiritual accomplishments which took place. I want to share some of my “ah-ha” moments with you to help you get started with your own.
One of the most dramatic times for me was when I completely lost my Chi. It was a time of recognizing how wise it is to take care of myself and to focus on ME. I developed healthier habits and am feeling the best I have in years!
I recently had an experience where someone gave me a compliment about my beauty. I really had to stop, breath and take this in. I am aware I am a beautiful human being. I make this statement with joy and love for my physical self! This lead right into acknowledging I am spiritually full of LOVE and I have VALUE. Sharing my love and value is a special gift I give others.
As you know, practicing Tai Chi is one of my favorite activities. One of the most profound realizations this year has been the importance of focusing on breathing. Through research I found food and water, although necessary to physical health and wellbeing, are considered negative to the body. This is balanced by focusing on breathing. With stress and tension, our bodies react with short, almost gasping breathes. This affects how our body uses other energy resources – like the food and water. At any given moment of the day I can focus on and practice breathing deeply to strengthen my energy.
Looking back at all my relationships I would not be the same person if I missed any of these connections. Whether old acquaintances or new, each individual filled me with joy, love and growth.
So, before you start your New Year’s resolutions, you may want to take time to review this year. You too may discover “ah-ha” moments in experiences which make you the wonderful and amazing person you are!