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Happy Chinese New Year - the Year of Horse龙马精神 Lóng mǎ jīng shén
The spirit of the dragon and horse.

马上有钱 Mǎ shàng yǒu qián
Get wealthy quick

马年大吉 Mǎ nián dà jí
Best wishes for the Year of the Horse!

Chinese ProverbThe Chinese tell the story of an old man who owned a bony plow horse. One spring afternoon the horse ran away. The old man's friends, trying to console him, said, "We're so sorry about your horse, old man. What a misfortune you've had." But the old man said, "Bad news, good news-who knows?"

Walt Witman"You have not known what you are

You have slumbered upon yourself all your life.

Your eyelids have been the same as closed most of the time.

What you have done returns already in mockeries.

The mockeries are not you.

Underneath them and within them, I see you lurk."

Some helpful guidelines

1) Breathe and take time to relax. Breath is our most primary need. Air oxygenates the blood and helps to focus the mind. Conscious breathing brings us back to the now/here from the no/where. Breathing is helpful to the self discovery process. It reminds us that we are here in the present and not there in the past or gazing into the future. It also facilitates relaxation and a relaxed mind, body and spirit is felt within and is extended out towards others. "From peaceful minds great ideas flow" -Neale Donald Walsh

Knowing yourself means to be in good company when you're alone.  It is being who you are, without feeling inadequate, insecure, frustrated or lonely. You feel confident and don't live according to someone else's expectations or best interests.

Self-Knowing

 We exist in comparison or 'relative' to everything else (which affects how we feel about ourselves and our surroundings) Without anything or anyone to compare ourselves with we wouldn't exist as we are. If we were placed into a weightless environment where we couldn't see, hear, feel, smell or taste (sensory deprivation) our brains would eventually have no data to process (nothing to compare ourselves with) and would literally shut down.

QuestioningQuestioning is becoming more and more a lost art. With practice however questioning becomes a more natural process in deciphering the messages we call emotions. Children know this instinctively, they do it with the greatest ease and shameless abandon.

"Listening, not imitation may be the greatest form of flattery"  - Joyce Brothers

Listening to ourselves is essential to self understanding. It tells us what's going on. It gives us feedback to the changes (or lack of) we make and helps us to be more aware of what we allow into our lives. Often times, our hearing is selective and we listen for only what we want to hear or are used to hearing.

It has been said that communication is the cause of and solution to most of life's problems/challenges.

Most people think that communication is with others but before we can do that we must first learn to understand what we're saying to ourselves and weather or not we really understand what it is we're trying to say. A great deal of what we say or more acurately 'repeat' is in the form of cliches, information exchanges or opinions. Most is either influenced or comes directly form the media.

All of life is motion, nothing stands still. Life is change, it's in the process of transforming itself from one form or phase into another. We are always evolving. Change itself is the only constant.

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Some helpful guidelines
Knowing yourself means to be in good company when you're alone.  It is being who you are, without
 We exist in comparison or 'relative' to everything else (which affects how we feel about ourselv
"Listening, not imitation may be the greatest form of flattery"  - Joyce Brothers
It has been said that communication is the cause of and solution to most of life's problems/chall
All of life is motion, nothing stands still.

Question of the month

What is your mission in this life?

To get through it as best I can..
17% (1 vote)
To become the best person I can while helping others..
33% (2 votes)
To be happy..
50% (3 votes)
Total votes: 6