Yesterday was the Chinese New Year, a date that I recognize every year but mostly by devouring all sorts of summations and forecasts from some of my favorite online sources. I’ve definitely been feeling differently in 2014 than I have in the past couple years. I love it when my intuitive feelings are validated by those who study deeply the natural energies that make up our environments and interact intimately with our own complex physical energies. And customs of various cultures around the world are simply fascinating to me, this being an especially beautiful, mystical, yet scientific part of the Chinese culture.
This is my take away from all the reading up I’ve been doing on 2014: The Year of the Yang Wood Horse. Go for it.
We’ve had a lot of watery energy the past couple years. Water flows, it’s emotional, and often hard to find your grounding. Sometimes it’s a raging river, and sometimes it’s a persistent drip. I don’t know about you, but I’m about done with that wishy-washy energy for a while.
Yang is big energy. It’s loud. Bold. Bright. Expanding.
Wood is strong. Stable. Upward growing. Even when whats ahead is unclear, it reaches for heights trusting in it’s hearty roots and it’s ability to sway in winds and storms but remain standing tall.
Horses are huge. They are hard working and determined. There is a sense of freedom associated with horses. They are strong, whether persistently pulling or racing at great speeds. Horses have great vision. I’ll admit, I am quite intimidated by horses because I find them to be a bit unpredictable. A horse that is out of control, or untamed, can be very scary.
All of this to say, 2014 is bound to be a very different year that what we’ve been living through. My take-away is: Let’s be brave, be bold, and go after our wildest dreams. Being solid in our roots–the values and priorities that guide all of our choices. From that place, take some risks, tenaciously pursue what you want while remaining flexible enough to learn along the way.
Instead of riding the waves, feel the fire under your butt and get moving! Be sure to keep a steady pace, but keep your eye on the prize (and spend some time really figuring out what that prize is for you first), and believe in yourself.
Happy Chinese New Year to you. May you stand strong, reach toward the sun, and remain resilient as you forge ahead toward your wildest dreams!