We have entered our first full day of the Chinese New Year. At RMACT, we have spent years pulling together a remarkable and talented group of people that comprise our IFW Team (Integrated & Fertility Wellness).
One segment of that team is our group of acupuncturists, who treat all health concerns related to fertility. RMACT is the only fertility practice in the state of Connecticut to offer both needle-free laser acupuncture and traditional acupuncture. Amy Matton, MS, LAc, Jing Zhang, MS, LAc and Elaine Malin, MTCM, LAc collaborated to write this beautiful and thoughtful description of what the coming year can offer all of us.
Next week, we will have a follow up piece describing what how a typical Chinese family prepares for this very special day and time of the year.
Enjoy ~ Lisa Rosenthal
Chinese New Year – 2015 is the Year of the Sheep/Ram/Goat
2015 is the year of the sheep/ram/goat, which is the 8th sign out of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs. The Chinese calendar is based on the lunar cycle and so the New Year occurs on the new moon sometime between January and the end of February.
Similar to the other astrological signs, individuals born under a specific sign are said to share certain personality traits, and years sharing the same sign also share similar attributes. People born under the sign of the ram tend to be creative, nurturing types, good at working in groups. They tend to be strongly family-oriented. They are thought to be the harbingers of gentleness and peace. The ram is clever, kindhearted, proper, calm and introspective. They can also throw themselves passionately into whatever they do. To promote their good health, they should maintain balance in their eating and drinking, be active, and work to keep emotions balanced because negative emotions will adversely affect their physical health.
What the Year of the Ram Means for All of Us
In the year of the Ram, we all need to harness our collective high hopes for a better future for all humankind. We look inside ourselves to find and reflect out our instincts towards inner peace and the ability to collaborate in a respectful way towards all. When we listen and truly hear one another, we become stronger individually and collectively; we become greater than our singular selves even as we retain our unique characteristics. We see the differences that we can make, particularly when adversity appears to stand in our way.
Following one's passion will lead one to great success, and acting on one's compassion will lead one to great joy. Reach out with compassion and sensitivity during the year of the Goat, and one will experience the rewards of a truly rich life. Our passions find their home in our emotions and then our actions, as we behave in a compassionate and humble manner. The year of the Goat is our opportunity to yield way to those innermost feelings of love, sensitivity and strength.