2014 Chinese New Year

福壽雙全 Fúshòushuāngquán – “May your happiness and longevity be complete”

                                           Google doodle for Chinese New Year

Greetings: 2014 Chinese New Year-the Year of the Horse. Celebrate  happiness, longevity, success, family and friends. The celebration lasts 15 days, each day symbolized with food, gift exchange, and cultural festivals.

Recent adaptations of the Chinese New Year -Nian- include the addition of the name “Spring Festival” as a modernized blend of the Gregorian calendar and ancient Chinese traditions.  The 15th day -last day – is commemorated with the Lantern Festival, a colorful culmination of celebration.

The Reunion Dinner

The biggest event of any Chinese New Year’s Eve is the Reunion Dinner,named as “Nian Ye Fan”. Fish is customary for this meal and it is customary to make dumplings (jiaozi, 餃子, jiǎozi) after dinner to eat around midnight. Dumplings symbolize wealth because their shape resembles a Chinese sycee After dinner, families go to local temples hours before the new year begins to pray for a prosperous new year by lighting the first incense of the year and return home to prepare for the new morning in a ritual called “opening the door of fortune” (kāicáimén, 開財門) that initiates the first day of the new year.

The First Day

The first day of Chinese New Year is a time to honor one’s elders and families visit the oldest and most senior members of their extended families, usually their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.

The Lantern Festival

The fifteenth day of the new year is celebrated as Yuanxiao https://i1.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9e/Red_lanterns.JPGFestival/Yuánxiāojié (元宵節) or the Lantern Festival.   Candles are lit outside houses as a way to guide wayward spirits home. This day is celebrated as the Lantern Festival, and families walk the street carrying lighted lanterns.

Symbolism

Red is the predominant color used in New Year celebrations. Red is the emblem of joy, and this color also symbolizes virtue, truth and sincerity. For fifteen days, red dominates the color palate since red is universally power. The Chinese especially honor red with the power to ward off evil spirits and bad fortune. Often red envelopes of money are given as wishes for prosperity and engaged energy.

Wear red, celebrate with joyous happiness, pray for longevity.

May all of your day be new. Happy Chinese New Year!

(Tell us how you plan to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Feel free to share your joy).

God’s Eye Watching

Google honored a legendary woman, author Zora Neale Hurston, today on her earth/birthday, with this iconic banner.  Thank you Google for recognizing a person who, in spite of struggles and obstacles, including the Depression, racism, sexism, shouted glory with her artistic voice.

Alice Walker, awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1983, reclaimed the weed-bound unkept grave site of her fellow southern writer. Thank you Ms. Walker for knowing that God’s eye was watching.

Ms. Hurston, the author of Their Eyes Were Watching God, whose peers were known as the Harlem Renaissance – an esteemed artistic group of African Americans who shaped the literature and culture of American life. Some of those philosophers and writers were: Alain Locke, Jessie Fauset, and Arthur Schomberg whose namesake Center for Research in Black Culture is a part of the Harlem branch of the New York Public Library.

We are watching, we celebrate your life.

The Power of Will

Truth speaks…read this post for insight.

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willpowerI often use the excuse that I have no willpower when I’m trying to change an undesirable behavior, yet failing.What I really should be saying is that I have no “won’t” power.

I actually have a very strong case of “will” power.  I. Will. Have. My. Way.

When we fail at goals or fall short of what we intended, we always search for the reason. Many times lack of willpower becomes our scapegoat.  The reason we didn’t lose weight, the reason we didn’t workout, the reason we never quit smoking, yada, yada, yada.

I have come to realize that those of us who say we have no willpower actually have incredibly strong wills.  If only we would quit allowing said will to carry us over to the dark side. We need to harness that stubbornness for good.  We need to learn to stubbornly refuse to fail.

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Make A Request

Ritual of arcane summoning

Ritual of arcane summoning (Photo credit: hersheydesai)

Today, ask for what you want! You may decide to verbalize your request to a specific person or you may quietly make a request to the universe. Either way, the request that you make will be heard.

Your ability to manifest what you have made a request for is directly controlled by how clear and powerful and creditable you state your request.

In order to make your request stick, mean it and believe it. Summon what you want, make a request that is valuable to you.

The inchoation (beginning or origin) of what you want is simply to make a request. So many people dance around stating what they want, expecting others to “get it,” and thereby fall short in getting what they truly wanted. Instead, open your mouth and your mind this year and ask for what you want.

Let the universe and others know, in clear and specific words, exactly what you want not as a demand with ultimatums, but as a calm invite to partner with you to fulfill your request. Make a request that is powerful and be a peace; you’ve said it and you will have it.

The year 2014 is a period for making requests. Clarify what you want and then make powerful, clear requests. Go ahead, make a request.

What do you want in 2014? Request it.