Happy Chinese New Year (Year 4702) Year of the Monkey

Whenever any Chinese person sees another on Chinese New Years day, they will always exchange a common greeting “Gong Shi Fa Chai,” meaning, “Wishing you happiness and prosperity!” So, Gong Shi Fa Chai!!!

January 22, 2004 begins the new Chinese Year of the Monkey. It’s also the Year 4,702 of the Reign of Yellow Emperor. According to Chinese almanac, 2004 is a year of Metal and Wood energies. It conjures up a picture of a large but rotting tree with a sharp ax chopping away at its roots. The conflict between the two energies will eventually result in the falling of the tree and clearing the way for a new cycle to begin. Since it’s the beginning of a new cycle, the fresh start often gives a naturally energetic lift to the world and results in increased optimism among people. Generally, the economy should also see an uplift, as well as good progress in science and technology. Monkey Year is characterized by constant changes, spontaneity and transformations. So give in to your imagination and be creative and resourceful to all problems. But be careful of over-optimism and be prepared for the unexpected. Those who are adept at changes will thrive in the Year of the Monkey.

The decline of the Wood energy should warrant attention to health problems relating to one’s liver, nervous and cardiovascular systems. The presence of Metal energy also wards off respiratory problems. One is more prone to developing conditions such as high blood pressure, migraine headaches, dizziness, vertigo, depression, anxiety, eye ailments, heart problems, numbness and tingling in the limbs, poor circulation, sinus and respiratory conditions. To prevent these health problems, one should strengthen one’s liver and heart systems.

Frequent rest and relaxation should top the priority list. Liver-Cleansing programs should   be undertaken regularly as should exercise and meditation. Diet should consist of much “green” color foods as this corresponds to the Wood Elemental Energy. Leafy green vegetables like parsley, kale, mustard greens, spinach, collards, chard, beets and beet greens, supplements containing rich chlorophyll such as Spirulina, Chlorella and Blue-Green algae, herbs including dandelion, milk thistle, peppermint and chrysanthemum should be consumed. Internal Cleanse Tea is an excellent formula for this purpose.

International political conflicts will continue but with efforts focused at resolving the root problem. There exists a strong, underlying element of danger lurking. Unpredictability will still be the norm as the clever monkey is always coming up with new tricks and surprises. In other words, while undertaking new projects and partnerships or ventures, watch for the “monkey on your back” as it is likely to throw you a “monkey wrench!”

2004 is a good year to be creative and start new ventures or programs. Always stay flexible and have alternative plans. Focus your efforts on communication, work that requires dexterity, arts and health. Take care of others, and yourself, everything else will follow. This is what the Tao teaches.

Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy and harmonious Year!

From all of us at Tao of Wellness.