Today the Lunar New Year begins the Year of the Tiger.  The tiger gives people hope and is associated with bravery, courage, and strength.  It’s a time to wear red for good luck and to ward off evil spirits.  It feels like Christmas to me, a time for birth and honoring our time on earth.

I’m with this quote of G.K. Chesterton: 

What was wonderful about childhood is that anything in it was a wonder.  I was not merely a world full of miracles; it was a miraculous world.

I invite that now.  

One thing I’m noticing is the importance of looseness in the lips, shoulders, and armpits. Do we allow breathing under our arms, the flow out from the heart?  Do we taste the freedom blooming there?  

I came across a poem I wrote a few years ago and it guides me now, this early morning, as I rise to welcome this new day and year.  I shine in the early morning dark.

Lighthouse to myself,

Armpits open to air, shine

Beacon inside out  

When Thich Nhat Hanh and his followers walked in a Peace March, others passed them, as they were walking slowly and mindfully and being peace, but then, they were shown a shortcut, and they arrived first.  Life can be like that, pure ease, when we embody interbeing, and live as a torch or lighthouse of peace. The moon is new; may we be too.

Camellia opening Spring

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