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Happy Chinese New Year!

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PL Calendar day 5   Start by thinking “this is interesting!”

Even when you are dealing with a difficult situation, it is important to find something interesting about it.  From there you will be blessed with wisdom and something new will come out of it.


“True Religion is real living, living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness an righteousness”  Albert Einstein


It is very quiet all around me when there is a deep blanket of snow around every inch of ground that surrounds my home.  The emergency vehicles are quiet this morning, the main roads and streets must be decent. Commuters who have deadlines must be either there or almost at their destinations..  The quiet of the moment is refreshing.  Yesterday I had a sick day, my body dictated that the end of the lunar year should be one of contemplation and rest.  I listened.

Today is a new beginning.  In PL, Precept #1   Life is Art,  I really and truly believe this, each day is a new canvas, where the possibilities are endless.  For you my precious and delightful friends, readers and “family”  may the Universe enrich your lives with the delight of new adventure, successful results and endless opportunities for your dreams/ wishes.  And, the blessing of wisdom in the knowledge that love is with you, now and always.

Oyashikiri

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Hello, bonjour, bom dia, and jumping jack greetings to each and every one of you.  Another new year is just around the corner,  In China the airports, train stations, all methods of travel really, are homeward bound.  It is exciting, and alive time.  Seeing friends and family sharing huge family meals, and gatherings.

Since my Mother’s passing and for several years before she actually passed, the Chinese New Year  came and went with a happy conversation and a small sparkle.  She was unable to get to the various celebrations held around the city or at the Chinese Embassy. Since I can remember, Chinese New Year has been the BIG turning point for me.  I remember as a child the banquet and feasts, the dragon dances, fire crackers and the many many ritual tasks that were preformed to make sure we started the new year off with gratitude for the past year and much appreciation for the wonderful time ahead.  Good fortune, Prosperity wishes were everywhere.  Red envelopes, special candies,  Happy New Year greetings always included the wish that your life be blessed with good health.

With my husband’s passing last year I wanted more than ever for this transition into another year to be auspicious and filled with the many joys and encouragements we would share to be 100 fold.  I worked on a year of the pig mixed media piece so that I would be actively piecing together elements that would be like a visual firecracker for me.  The lunar new year depending on where you live, is o the 5th. of February.

Ps… my little wheel around the pig.  spins.

Reminder.. due to the storm and the broken water pipe, there will be no service today, but Thanksgiving service is still scheduled for tomorrow evening at 7 pm.

Oyashikiri

Lunar Dog Year

Year 2018 —— Dog (earth )

Dogs are capable and knowledgeable, and it is not unusual to see Dog people in high demand in the job market.  Dogs like to work at whatever career they choose.  Prince William, Elvis, Cher, George Gershwin, Mother Teresa, were born in Dog years

As a partner Dogs are extremely loyal  although they think they know best, it is fortunate that they are usually open-minded. and will be open to advice. Generally speaking with their sensitive and compassionate heart, they do well in occupations or careers that “serve” or work in the best interest of others. ie. teachers, charity workers, doctors etc.

Unlike other Dog years the Earth Dog is less idealistic than most Dogs, the Earth element makes them practical enough they don’t lose sight of reality.

In China dogs are usually associated with justice and compassion.

We are living at a time, when the plus, positive characteristics of the Dog, could stand us in good staid.

  HAVE A HAPPY START TO THE NEW YEAR.  BLESSINGS, GOOD HEALTH, AND PROSPERITY always.

Oyashikiri

Chinese New Year -lunar new year

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January 27 New Year’s Eve – most shops will close by afternoon, everyone is in full preparation mode.

January 28 New Year’s Day – at midnight a barrage of fireworks  with more in the morning and evening.  Children are given red envelopes. (and seniors)

January 29,30, 31, February 1, 2          On these days, it is all about family, friends, Chinese New Year clip.. on travel for the lunar new year and relatives. The festive season, ends on February 1, on February 2, the 7th day of the celebrations, many go back to work.  Some shops, companies and office will reopen on this day because  6 is a lucky number in Chinese culture.

February 3 – 11  the return travel begins, as everyone heads back to the towns, cities where they work.

The Lantern Festival, is on month 1, day 15… this year February 11.  Some business may decide to only reopen on Feb. 15 (day 8)  as 8 is also a lucky number.  The non superstitious may reopen on day 7 (Feb.14)

Chinese New Year 2017, Jan 28/29…. will welcome in the year of the Rooster.

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Life is Art

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Start of a new year for those of us who follow the lunar calendar. Lots of celebrating, dancing, fireworks, colour and excitement. Do we carry the colour and enthusiasm into our new year?

I’d like to think that I do. Every day I try to bring colour of some kind into my days.  Whether it is creatively crafting, writing, problem solving, I enjoy the challenge of working something through from beginning to finish.  That said, what I want to do, and what actually happens,  hmmm let’s say, the stars don’t always align.

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Do I get angry, annoyed, no…   Why?   Because getting angry, stewing and simmering about something that has happened, will not remedy the situation.  PL Precept #4 – Being Annoyed Limits your Expression.   PL Precept # 5, One’s  Self is lost by being Emotional.  Let’s be clear, that doesn’t mean I never snap, or get annoyed with something or someone, I do, but I also have learned to let it go.  Once I vent, spew off the negativity, express my reaction, puff, it is like a breath of fresh air washes over me, and it’s gone.  What, may take all of a few seconds, or a minute or two at most, and its gone.

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PL Precept # 17    Grasp what is Most Essential.  Believe me, I am much happier, when I am at peace with myself.  Reread that last bit if you need to, I work at being at peace with myself.  It is only when I can be at peace with myself, that I can reach out and be useful and loving to someone else.  If we live our lives being angry, then we are not going to achieve love and peace for others, because it hasn’t begun within ourselves.

PL Precept #15   All is a Mirror.

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Be content, be happy, share that love and happiness with others.

We are all blessed with the gift of life, love and the tools to maintain and express this love.

Life (Living) is an art form

May sunshine bless each and every day of the year

for each and every one of you.

Dear readers, you are all so appreciated in my life,

Thank YOU

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PL lesson 5- Widsom Comes Naturally when you are humble

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“You will stop growing if you have a conceited or boastful mind.  Always remember to be humble.”

This is when practicing the art of listening is so important.  If we think we know it all, or already know what someone is going to say or do, we deprive ourselves of learning.  It could be a new way of doing something, or a different viewpoint on a subject we think we have down pat.

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Chinese New Year (year of Monkey) has already started in parts of the world.   A time to celebrate with family and friends. In China, people travel for days to get home, this is a big holiday.

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Where ever you are, however you are celebrating, may inner joy, satisfying rewards, and good health be the core essence of the new year.

China Highlights

http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/festivals/chinese-new-year-celebration.htm

Namaste      –      Oyashikiri

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