What does the Lunar New Year have to do with sleep?
“This Lunar New Year, may your life hold for you as much variety as the various phases of the moon.”
Exciting times are ahead!
The Chinese New Year began on January 25th and ends on February 11th 2021. In 2020, we are celebrating the Year of the Rat, which last occurred in 2008. Celebrations run on for weeks hence this later post!
According to Chinese Astrology, the Rat is the first zodiac animal in the 12-year cycle. It symbolizes vitality and strength, as well as intelligence and alertness. The Year of the Rat also brings about new beginnings. Couples who desire to have children often pray to the Rat because of the animal’s reproductive capacity and propensity to survive.
Those born in the Year of the Rat are expected to be optimistic and likeable. They are sensitive to the emotions of others and enjoy saving rather than spending. They are also hard-working and possess keen intuition.
On the downside, people born during the Year of the Rat may be shy and suspicious. They can be thrifty to a fault and lack persistence in certain situations. Whatever you may believe, take the good stuff and go with it!
“No matter how hard the past is, you can always begin again.” Buddha
2020 is also associated with the metal 金 element of the 5 elements theory, part of the medical system known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). We’ve talked about this a bit before. In Chinese philosophy, metal represents contracting or declining. It has structure yet can change form. Metal looks like a flower closing its petals or an oyster shutting its mouth. However, the element’s motion is also durable and unyielding. It gives us our sense of value and enables us to think long term.
Together, the Year of the Rat and metal element, I believe, will set the stage for a successful year for all!
2020 is the year to start fresh and evolve. It’s the year to invest in new ventures confidently and aspires to greater heights. The Year of the Metal Rat is for pioneering, solving problems, and tackling challenges.
What good news!
I am tremendously excited to help all of you grow and cast vision for the new year, decade and cycle. There is no better time to do it than in the Year of the Metal Rat 2020. Remember, this is a new decade, a new 12-year cycle and 2020 means deeper inner visions for you and who you are becoming!
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
As a Personal Energy & Potential coach, I am ready to push you (gently if needed) to be ambitious and open-minded. I am prepared to guide your determination so that you can better support your clients and build your businesses. And as always, I will focus on sleep and its many benefits for your clients and yourself!
Draw inspiration from the spirit of the Chinese New Year beliefs and set fresh goals around your relationship with sleep, your business and those you serve.
Below are three beliefs about sleep I want you to consider as you experience the Year of the Metal Rat.
- Every Night Counts
In 2020, treat every night of sleep as a precious gift. Abandon the idea that you can “catch up” on weekends or that sleep is a “waste of time.”
Sleep isn’t something to label as efficient or inefficient. Though it does promote better performance and productivity! Sleep enables you to perform your absolute best and face the next day’s challenges with emotional resiliency.
Sleep is a critical daily rhythm. It’s like breathing or eating – sleep is essential to our being.
This year, make every single night of sleep count. Don’t think about it like something you “have” to do. Instead, view sleep as something you “get” to do for the betterment of your being.
2. Sleep Impacts Every Area of Life
Sleep is not merely a cure for tiredness.
It’s the key to a healthy life. Good sleep promotes our physical, emotional, and spiritual health. It enables us to be the best we can be consistently. A great night of sleep feeds our willpower and grants us the motivation and energy we need to push through tough times.
Many of us settle for being happy, secure, and satisfied on a part-time basis. In reality, we deserve to be the best versions of ourselves day in and day out. And that is only possible when we understand the importance of sleep and how it impacts every facet of our lives.
Everyone has inside a piece of good news of how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is! adapted from Anne Frank
3. Sleep is for Everyone
Often in our culture, people associate sleep with weakness.
We think that those who need sleep lack persistence. Or that people who choose sleep are lazy. Perhaps, they have nothing better to do.
I encourage every one of us to dispel these rumours! We can’t let our coworkers, friends, and family members believe falsities about sleep.
Sleep is so important. And it’s for everyone.
In the Year of the Metal Rat, my promise to all of you is that I will do my absolute best to continue educating on the value of sleep. I will put my full energy and spirit into serving coaches so that they can better serve their clients!
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