Happy Lunar New Year of the Ox!

Happy Lunar New Year of the ox

Happy Lunar New Year of the Ox! Let’s hope that it proves to be at least a tad more auspicious than the Year of the Rat.

I turned to the Yi Jing (Book of Changes) for some guidance for the year ahead. My reading came up with Hexagram 41, signifying sun and decrease. The hexagram combines a lake on the bottom and a mountain on the top. It cautions you to rein in your ego and restrain your desires in order to bring a sense of equilibrium to your life: that calm and peaceful place where the two contrasting elements meet.

Yi Jing Hexagram 51

That’s certainly apposite advice at a time when it can be so easy to become overwhelmed by anger and frustration at the destruction being wrought by Covid-19 and humanity’s bungled response to it – not to mention consumed by a longing for life to return to what was once considered normal.

The problem is of course that the more you rage at the pain and suffering being caused by the virus, the less able you are to deal with the practical issues you face in adjusting to the changes that it has brought to your life. By dialing down the emotions and focusing on what you can control rather than worrying about what you cannot, you have a much better chance of finding a path through the difficult challenges you face every day.

This is much easier to say than to do, but it is only by developing a greater sense of internal balance that you will be ready for negotiating the long and winding road that lies ahead for all of us. As the Yi Jing teaches us, the world is in a constant state of flux. Retaining your equilibrium amidst the joys and sorrows life throws at you is essential for dealing with this reality.

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