The day dawns bleak, dismal & dreary by all appearances. Here in my little part of the world, a light rain has graced us on this New Year’s morn - not what I had anticipated. I had big plans to celebrate the #NewMoon – honored in native traditions as a time of new beginnings. How apropós that it should land on the 1st day of a new year, when we make resolutions to create change for the betterment of our lives. My typical ritual on any Moon is to go to the water’s edge and honor the importance of that moment in time. Through prayer, meditation, reflection and ritual, I review the past, appreciate the present, and anticipate the future. I am comforted on my journey, as I reconnect with my ancestors & Spirit, knowing that They support me in all my endeavors. Today, therefore, is no exception. I am again drawn to the water’s edge and the drizzle has now become my blessing, my medicine… cleansing me of the old, preparing me for the new. I am grateful.
And so with this New Year, on this New Moon, the advice I offer is that which you have heard before and know in your soul:
1) Your thoughts - becoming your intention – manifest in your reality. In my Buddhist meditation classes, I am reminded that “thoughts come, thoughts go”. When seemingly random or annoyingly repetitive thoughts pop in your head, be aware of the energy they contain. Like a garden, with conscious intention eliminate the ‘weeds’ that stunt your growth, and nourish those elements that feed your soul.
2) Change is good. The #resolutions we make on this day are a promise that we make to improve or make a difference in our day-to-day world. Have a specific goal as to what your final outcome will look like; be realistic in the steps you need to take to get there; and be kind to yourself when you encounter those pieces that are beyond your control. Here at the water’s edge, I watch in silence at the reeds’ graceful dance as they move and yield to the gentle power of Brother Wind. Let flexibility be your motto while you change and grow.
3) Choose good health as the foundation on which to build your dreams. Your body is your Temple. Your career, relationship, finances, your sanity even… are worth nothing without a healthy Body, Mind and Spirit. Go forth into this new year with the firm conviction that this will be your best year yet, and you will have the best health ever. In Chinese Medicine, the Yin-Yang symbol as applied to the Body represents good health and a life that’s in balance and harmony. #Acupuncture can help you maintain and restore your health.
Now on this rainy New Year’s Day, I leave you to contemplate an excerpt from “The Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon of St. Francis of Assisi”:
Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord, All praise is Yours, all glory, all honor and all blessings.
To you alone, Most High, do they belong, and no mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your Name.
Praised be You, my Lord, with all Your creatures,
especially Sir Brother Sun,
Who is the day through whom You give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor,
Of You Most High, he bears the likeness.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,
In the heavens you have made them bright, precious and fair.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air,
And fair and stormy, all weather's moods,
by which You cherish all that You have made.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water,
So useful, humble, precious and pure.
Praised be You my Lord through Brother Fire,
through whom You light the night and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.
Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister,
who sustains and governs us,
producing varied fruits with colored flowers and herbs.
Praise be You, my Lord, through those who grant pardon for love of You and bear sickness and trial.
Blessed are those who endure in peace, By You Most High, they will be crowned….
… Praise and bless my Lord and give Him thanks,
And serve Him with great humility.”
Blessings to you all!
Audrey Steele, L.Ac, Acupuncture Physician