New Lunar Year of the Rabbit

Happy Lunar New Year! Bring on the Peaceful and Intuitive Rabbit SpiritHow is 2023 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 fresh start and resolutions? If so, you’re in luck. Not only is every moment a chance for a new beginning, January 22 was 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.

And the Lunar New Year kicks off the 15 day celebration of the new year called Spring Festival. You can think of Spring Festival as Christmas, New Years, and Spring Cleaning all rolled into one. It’s a time of celebration, visiting family and friends, gift giving, and preparing for the next year with personal reflection and letting go.

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 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 RabbitThe Chinese zodiac has 12 years in its cycle, each one represented by an animal, which interacts with the cycle of the 5 elements. 2023 is the Year of the Water Rabbit, the fourth animal in the cycle

Astrologers say that people born in the Year of the Rabbit are peaceful, gentle, patient, and lucky. Rabbits are known for their ability to create harmonious relationships. They rely on their own senses and quick instincts as well as their extensive underground community to find safety and inner peace. They are great strategists that consider all of their options and know when to run fast or take time to rest and play. Rabbits are homebodies that love comfort, beauty, and communal harmony. They manage to prioritize taking care of themselves and ensuring their security while also being generous and tender with each other.

In Chinese astrology, the Water Rabbit energy is said to bring natural vitality, easy luck, and quiet wisdom. Last year the Tiger energy pounced and bounded forward, but sometimes in unpredictable directions with delays. Now the gentle Rabbit energy will help us realign with our goals, consider all the possible outcomes, and make a plan that will create more inner and outer harmony for us all. In other words it’s an auspicious time to put a plan into action and be nimble enough to peacefully navigate around any obstacles that we encounter. Water Rabbit energy is a paradox of cautiously avoiding risk while listening to intuition, following your vision, and connecting with the mysteries of life that brings quick forward momentum and transformation.

Commit to Creating the Experience You Want to HaveThose that celebrate Lunar New Year and the Spring Festival 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 Rabbit. If you’re feeling unsure about the next steps, hunker down in your den and make some time to reflect and take care of yourself so you can restore your lively energy. While you consider your options and all the possible outcomes, remember to let go of old belief systems that no longer serve the highest good of yourself nor bring harmony to all beings. Remember if you start to feel trapped or out of balance, those are your rabbit instincts telling you hop in another direction quickly.

Ask yourself what dreams will bring ease, beauty and comfort to me and my community? Is it time to take action or should I think things through some more? Where can I be more cautious and where do I want to be more trusting? How can I bring tenderness and kindness with me while I foster my drive for forward momentum? How can I align myself with my keen senses and intuition to remain anchored with wisdom and my true nature?

Get Some SupportIf your intentions and resolutions include improving your health and well-being in 2023, 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: 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 2023, while aligning with your true nature, wisdom, and intuition please join us for our Growing More Peaceful Even Now zoom calls (info below).

What We’re Treating in the ClinicEar Infections. There’s a head cold going around that causes clogged ears that come on quick and linger. Unfortunately for some people it ends up causing pain, ear infections, and even ruptured ear drums. If you’ve ever had a clogged ear for an extended period, you know that it’s painful, distracting, disorienting, and even stressful because it effects your hearing, balance, and overall sense of wellbeing and clarity.

The good news is that Christina found Chinese Medicine because of a long history of ear and sinus infections, and we have lots of solutions to treat clogged ears and prevent or help clear up ear infections. Acupuncture is great for treating the ears, but when you are sick and contagious at the start you need to stay home to avoid spreading the cold. So the extra good news is that there are great herbs that we carry in the clinic so you can treat yourself at home. We have herbs that you drink to treat it internally, ear drops, and even topicals to massage into the area around the ears to open the Eustachian tubes.  Then when you are past the contagious stage you can come in for acupuncture, but you are already ahead of the curve in helping to clear up those ears.

If you get this head cold, you will know it as soon as your ears start to clog up–give us a ring and we can connect you with some home treatments.  If you are prone to ear issues or colds it’s a good idea to stock up on some of the supplies so you can start treating your ears as soon as they start to feel out of balance. Ask us at your next appointment or get in touch if you want to know the best treatments to have on hand for you.  And if you get an ear infection and your Dr prescribes antibiotics, the herbal remedies we have are supportive and can help the antibiotics do their work faster.

Ongoing Event

It is possible to create more of want you want in the world effortlessly with grace and harmony, 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 your innate wellbeing.  If you want to explore how to understand your thinking in a way which allows for more ease, resiliency, and enjoyment please come join us on Tuesdays. 

Weekly Virtual Zoom Conversation
When: Tuesdays 4pm – 5pm PST
Hosts: Julie Gleeson, Founder of The Art of Living Inc, and
Christina Ness-Hawks, LAc from Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness Corp.
For more info and the link to register: click this link to our event page 
Please reach out with any questions.

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.

Immune Support

“I just have to tell you that your magic herbs are the real deal!  I started to get sick, and remembered I had squirreled away herbs to take if and when that ever started to happen.  I rarely get sick, so it had been awhile.  So I went to the box, got them out, took them as recommended and WOW, the next day I was no longer ill!  I have no idea what’s in those but they really worked for me.  Thanks for the recommendation that I should always have them available –  and for knowing about them.  You are the best!”

Stock up now so you can be prepared with herbs and supplements in case you or those around you get sick.

Check out our updated recommendations we’ve been sharing for the past 2+ years called “The Golden Window For Treating Viruses” and let us know if you want help creating a plan that will work for you:

As the quote above shows, if you treat viruses preventatively or as soon as you feel symptoms, it’s surprisingly effective for preventing a virus from taking hold or reducing symptoms and duration.

“Whatever herbal magic you gave me it F-ing worked and turned my Covid around super quickly.  I’m barely coughing and congested right now.  And tested negative after it being dark purple+ two days ago.

Gong Xi Fa Cai! (Happy New Year)!
Christina and Team Thrive

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