Happy Lunar New Year! Bring on the Powerful & Graceful Tiger Spirit

Need a Restart on 2022?How is 2022 going for you? Have you made time for rest and reflection or are you just trying to get through? Do you already wish you had a do-over for your New Year’s Resolutions? If so, you’re in luck. Not only is every moment a chance for a new beginning, February 1 is the start of the Lunar New Year. Because it starts with the second new moon after Winter Solstice, it begins on a different date every year between January 21 and February 20.It’s not part of the Lunar New Year traditions to make resolutions, but Chinese astrology encourages reflection.  Chinese astrology has a lot of symbolism and is used more to explore your inner nature and unconscious instincts.  It’s often used to help reflect on how to navigate your inner life and relationships.

Year of the Water Tiger

The Chinese zodiac has 12 years in its cycle, each one represented by an animal, which interacts with the cycle of the 5 elements – a key concept from Taoism.  2022 is the Year of the Water Tiger, the third animal in the cycle.

Astrologers say that people born in the Year of the Tiger are passionate, strong, and confident.   Tigers are bold, ambitious, independent, and masters of their territory, always defending their boundaries, but they are also honest, creative, love to travel, and have great survival skills.  Tigers are known for their instinct and precision while they lay in wait for just the right moment to make just the right quick moves to capture their prey, but we should not overlook the role that their patience plays in their success. 

In Chinese astrology, the Water Tiger energy is said to bring a lot of activity, momentum, and change.  Last year we we plowed the fields with the Ox and planted the seeds, and now it is time for them to sprout.  In other words it’s an auspicious time to make decisions and take action to bring your visions to life.  The Tiger is yang and full of action and the Water element will balance that out because it is yin, go with the flow, mystical energy, that is accepting of change.  Water Tiger energy is a paradox of confidence and vulnerability, which is where true strength comes from.

Take care to let your ideas blossom uncaged because stagnant blocked tiger energy leads to frustration, aggression, and disagreements.  Tiger energy is a combination of patience and impulse, but it is anchored by integrity.  We can find the balance by tuning into our true nature which keeps us connected to our intuition rather than distracted by the shiny circumstances that could lead us off our path to manifesting what we want more of in the world.  Tiger energy is lucky and uplifting, bringing hope for what is to come.

Commit to Creating the Experience You Want to HaveThe Chinese do not traditionally make New Year’s Resolutions, however they do celebrate the transition from winter to spring. It is a good time to reflect and plant the “new idea seeds” that will sprout in spring. You can start by asking yourself:  How do I make time and space to bring out my best sense of reflection? What is the new direction and experience I want to have?

If you’re having trouble, maybe it’s time to take a lesson from the Tiger. If you’re feeling unsure about the next steps, be still, spend some time in nature, gather information, consider you options, and listen for you inner knowing that will tell you the right time to take quick action.  Ask yourself what vision is it time to take action on?  How can I align myself with my instinct?   Where can I be more patient and where do I want to be more bold?  How can I relax into the unknown that always precedes action?  How can I foster my self confidence and passion while remaining anchored with wisdom and my true nature?

If your intentions and resolutions include improving your health and well-being in 2022, get in touch to schedule an acupuncture appointment for immune boosting, pain relief, stress reduction, or finally tackling that health issue that’s holding you back.  Existing patients can book online: https://thrive-acupuncture.janeapp.com/.  New patients should call since there is so much information we need to gather and share to make your first appointment enjoyable.

If you want to explore how to accomplish more of what you want in 2022, while aligning with you true nature, wisdom, and intuition please join us for our Growing More Peaceful  Even Now zoom calls (info below).

Upcoming Events

It is possible to create more of want you want in the world effortlessly, even now.  By effortless I don’t mean lack of action, I mean less of the niggling noise in our head that makes things feel difficult.  Growing more peaceful does not mean you will sit on the couch eating bon bons all the time.  I don’t know anyone that’s in balance that wants to sit on the couch 24/7; well rested humans want to contribute to the world.  The secret to doing more of want you want with less efforting has to do with understanding your thinking and your connection to spirit.  If you want to explore how to understand your thinking in a way which allows for more ease and resiliency as we adjust to this round of changes, and many more changes that are sure to come our way, please come join us on Tuesdays.
Weekly Virtual Zoom Conversation
Tuesdays 4pm – 5pm PST every week
Hosts: Julie Gleeson, Founder of The Art of Living Inc, and
Christina Ness-Hawks, LAc from Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness Corp.
 Click this link to our event page for more info and the link to register.
We’re so confident in how helpful this conversation is that the first month is FREE, so you can come check it out without any pressure.  Click this link to our event page for all the information about the community and the link to register.


Stock Up Now On Supplies For Health and Peace of MindDid you know there are herbs and supplements you can take that help you recover from viruses and there is lots of good information about what is helpful to recover from C-19? Given the current transmissibility and level of community spread of C-19, it’s a good idea to stock up now to have things on hand for you and your family to support your recovery if you get sick.  We’re told to stay home and recover and there are things you can do for yourself to aid your recovery.

While I am glad that the current variant has less severe symptoms for most people, I still recommend treating it aggressively because it can go sideways unexpectedly and it’s better to be ahead of it.  Additionally we just don’t know how common Long Covid is with this variant.  Data for the previous variants was showing about 30% of people who got covid, even if the initial symptoms mild, developed long haul symptoms.  There’s good data that shows that supporting the body in recovering from C-19 with herbs and supplements greatly reduces the chances for Long Covid.

All the information about what I recommend to have on hand to prevent and treat viruses is here:https://thrive-acupuncture.com/the-golden-window-for-treating-viruses/
On that webpage you will find a handout with recommended supplements and dosages as well as a link to order everything but the Chinese herbs and probiotics that we have in our office.

If you want Chinese herbs (I consider that the cornerstone of virus prevention and treatment) or need help creating a plan that will work for you let us know.

Did You Know We Moved?
Our new location is: 2880 Cleveland Ave, Suite #5, Santa Rosa, CA 95403Take a moment right now to update the address in your phone and make a note with our new address in your next appointment.   We’ve updated google maps and all the other online places we could find, but if you have our old address in your phone or your search history, your phone might take you there instead.

As you can see on the map, we’re just on the other side of the freeway, a short distance from our previous clinic space.  For most people the drive time is same same but different and all the map apps do a good job of navigating you here.  We are just south of the Wells Fargo Bank on Cleveland Ave.  Or a few blocks north of the Staples on Cleveland Ave and 2 driveways north of the Thai market.

Gong Xi Fa Cai (Happy New Year)!
Christina Ness-Hawks, LAc

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