The following blog post comes from Acupuncture Media Works. I was thinking of writing something about the Chinese New Year, and voila! I found this in my inbox! (And they gave me permission to use it, so I'm not stealing!)
It's about a month into the New Year. Do you already wish you had a do-over for your New Year's Resolutions?
If so, you're in luck. You do.
February 10th is the Chinese lunar New Year. The celebration of the New Year, the Spring Festival, is China's longest and most important holiday. Because it is based on a different calendar, it falls on a different date between January 21 and February 20 every year. You can think of Spring Festival as Christmas and New Year all rolled into one. Just like our holiday season, it's a time of celebration, visiting family and friends, giving gifts and preparing for the next year.
The Chinese zodiac has 12 years in its cycle, each one represented by an animal; 2013 is the Year of the Snake. Astrologers say that people born in the Year of the Snake are wise but enigmatic. They are very intuitive and size up situations well, but say little.
Snakes are refined; they like to dress well and are usually financially secure. They are intense and passionate in relationships, but can become jealous and suspicious. Snakes prefer a calm, stress-free environment.
Are you keeping your New Year's resolutions? If you're having trouble, maybe it's time to take a lesson from the Snakes. Take a quiet moment and reflect on what is stopping you. Do you need to get serious? Do you need additional support? Are your goals genuine - do you want to do them or do you think you should do them? Why haven't you kept your New Year's resolutions?
If you need to make a deeper commitment to your resolutions, take a moment and think about what you need to do to keep them. Write down 3 easy action steps...and do them. Now. Use the Chinese lunar New Year as a do-over. Commit to your New Year's resolutions.
Gong Xi Fa Cái. Happy New Year.