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I have written about this topic in the past.  I definitely experience this time of year (a time before the Tibetan new year – Losar – where things need to be reconsidered at best, and I often have to slow down to get through it with a modicum of ease).  Not everyone is going to feel it though, and perhaps, depending on other astrological factors, some years will be more intense than others.  So take this with a grain of salt if you like.

From February 8th until the 17th, we might encounter extra obstacles to spiritual practice, obstacles to mindfulness, or possibly even physical obstacles.  It is recommended that during these ten days, we should do Vajrasattva mantras (purification), or Protector practices (Achi Chokyi Drolma or Mahakala, etc) and this is often the time of the year where Tibetans literally clean their houses.  I think it is viewed as a time to move stagnant energy out.  On Feb. 18th, it is a new cycle, a fresh start.  So get ready ahead of time!

I would recommend this article on the topic as well: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2015/02/don-season-how-to-survive-the-next-10-days-of-chaos/

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Prayer flags at the Tibetan Meditation Center, Maryland

Prayer flags at the Tibetan Meditation Center, Maryland

Happy New Year, people who practice Tibetan Buddhism celebrate a new Lunar calendar while they mourn those Tibetans who stood up for their faith and their truth and were killed.  I find it fascinating how the Tibetans commemorate their country-folk by not celebrating, although this makes sense.  For instance, if my beloved family members were suffering in prison, I would feel very sad about celebrating and partying.  This year, there is to be no singing, no dancing on what is normally one of the most festive days of the year for Tibetans.  Could you imagine what this would be like for the U.S.?  We do not celebrate enough as it is, to be saddened by yet another day – woof!  Actually I need to realize I can not possibly put myself in the shoes of someone whose people has suffered as much as the Tibetans (and others) have.  And as an American, I must recollect the atrocities my government has visited upon Native peoples…  Om Mani Padme Hung Hrih

For me, I am realizing the benefit of silence.  I keep reading, that if we discuss and share the secrets of our experiences or realizations, then they dissolve and fizzle, not to be regained with ease.  And then I keep inappropriately and zealously sharing dreams and insights.  Wow – I need to stop.

Tashi Delek Pun Tsum Tsog!

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