In the lunar calendar, May is positioned right between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. It is the time of soft yin warmth as the Fire Element begins to exert its energy on our lives. May is further represented by the Chinese character Sze 巳 which translates to “preparation for ripeness,” an indication that all sorts of interesting, emerging possibilities are coming our way.
May 1 is May Day, a spring festival in some countries and International Worker’s Day in others. Cinco de Mayo marks the date of Mexico’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla and is celebrated with food, dance and Mexican culture. Mother’s Day is observed in nearly every country in the world and in our case, will be celebrated on Sunday, the 12th.
Some Chinese families commemorate Meng Mu on Mother’s Day. She was the mother of Meng Zi, the most important Confucian scholar after Confucius himself. Meng Fu placed a strong emphasis on her son’s education, and the importance of education and the filial devotion continues in China today.
The 27th is Memorial Day in recognition of the 1.8 million American men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. The flag is flown at half-staff until noon in their honor and then is raised to the top of the flagpole pole to remind us of the importance of continuing to fight for justice to all.
The arrival of the three-day Memorial Day weekend is also an indication to children that school is about to end and summer vacation is right around the corner. The I Ching also has reminders for what we can expect in a phase of rising Fire, so here are some tasty tidbits for you to enjoy.
It’s kind of funny, but some people think they are adequately hydrated because they carry a water bottle around with them, even though they never take a sip! We don’t get any points for good our intentions, we only get them for our actions, so as the weather starts to heat up, drink up in order to support your Water Element organs: kidneys, adrenals, bladder, and reproductive organs.
Do you get discouraged when you try to meditate, but find that your mind is wandering? You may have set unrealistic expectations for yourself. Sit comfortably in a quiet room and slow down your breathing. Quietly repeat a chosen word to yourself as you exhale. If your mind wanders, and undoubtedly it will, gently bring your thoughts back around to your chosen word. Repeat.
Having a hard time with your Mom? It’s time to change your perception. Even though you may think the only way to improve your relationship is for her to change, you are the only person you can actually change. Resolve conflicts now, so you don’t have to carry them into the future. Remember that some of the things that bother you are trivial, and don’t really need to be resolved.
Summertime is vacation time for many of us, but after you shake the piggy bank you may realize that you can’t afford to jet off to Cancun this year. Having fun in a stay-vacay is just a matter of attitude. Hang out at a beach; dig your toes in the sand. Swim. Snooze. Contemplate your belly button; doing a whole lot of nothing is actually very good for your soul!
Not certain that your career honors your vision and dreams? Invite some buddies over for dinner and have a discussion about some ideas you may be considering. Allow them to tell you what they think is most suitable for you; after all, they know you best! Not sure you want to invest a lot of time in a professional career? In far less time, you could become an assistant in that very same field.
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