I’ll admit I was a little hesitant to enter into a yang fire year (Year of the Red Monkey). All of my astrological charts show a lack of water element and my move to Colorado has given me a whole new appreciation for humidity, so a fire year just seemed overwhelming knowing that appropriate eating, exercise, and meditation is all I need to sustain myself in a yang year, I am now excited to ride the wave of energy that fire creates in her wake.
The fire element represents communication, creativity, and compassion, yet the nature of fire is intense, erratic and explosive. This can make for an interesting dichotomy of emotions. This is an opportune time to present your true self to the world! It’s the time to share your talents. Everyone is more energetic, open-minded and inspired when the mischievous monkey is out to play.
I am taking the wisdom and enthusiasm of the monkey to inspire all of us to let our inner lights shine. I have the honor to have a husband, family, and friends that are inspiring, courageous and supportive. They are a constant reminder that with courage, hard work, and inspiration, anything is possible.
If you need success stories check out these links on people I know personally that have created the life they want to live:
I’ll leave you with a tea inspired to feel like a big, internal hug. It is delicious, energizing, and nourishes you from head to toe. As always, use organic and sustainably harvested ingredients, or grow your own.
Recipe: Medicine for the Soul
2-3 tsp milky oats
2-3 tsp hawthorn berries
1-2 tsp of sage (your choice — pineapple, white, or clary)
1/4-1/2 tsp of cinnamon or cardamom
- Simmer hawthorn berries and cinnamon in 2 to 3 cups water for at least 5 minutes.
- Turn heat off and steep Milky Oats for at least 5 minutes.
- Add Sage the last 1 to 2 minutes of the steep.
- Strain herbs and drink 1/2 cup of tea per serving. Feel the herbs move throughout your body and observe any sensations that may arise.
When energy flows, wellness grows…