As you might imagine, this is the time of year when I'm inundated with requests for ways to guarantee good luck for the year ahead. One ritual in particular has never seemed to fail me, to say nothing of the thousands of people who have also successfully followed this New Year advice!
The ritual involves burning three bayberry candles on the first day of the year. What follows is an old poem that offers the promise attached to this exercise:
"Bayberry candles, when burned to the socket,
Bring luck to the home and gold to the pocket."
It's crucial to let these candles burn all the way down, so be sure to choose smaller tapers. Of course, be sure to burn the candles in fireproof holders.
Enjoy a happy, lucky, and prosperous year ahead!
As you begin the New Year, you may want to reconsider some of the color choices within your wardrobe. If you frequently wear dark or somber colors, then your energy -- your chi -- could be in danger of turning downward. Furthermore, consistently wearing the same colors can also keep you stuck, but if you don a variety of hues (especially brighter ones), it's much more likely you'll move forward -- and boost your chi as well!
Remember that your self-outlook may be affected less by your sense of beauty and more by your level of energy. So if you're having a down day, wear an upbeat color -- and maybe you'll turn that frown upside-down!
The one industry that absolutely rockets off the charts each January is that which thrives on the notion of weight-loss. The whole idea that a fresh year on the calendar can help to support a new you is ever-present now, so it's natural that a kind of collective consciousness has sprouted around this inclination.
However, you don't need to pay hundreds of dollars (or more) to shed pounds when the following age-old concoction will help you melt fat away!
Simply add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and two tablespoons of organic honey to a glass of unsweetened grapefruit juice, then mix thoroughly. Drink one glass 30 minutes before each meal. This will not only reduce your appetite, but is said to help regulate your thyroid -- all while helping you slim down!
There's simply no better time of year than the height of winter to make a wonderfully delicious soup that warms the heart and feeds the soul!
TOMATO AND ORANGE SOUP
1 tablespoon of unsalted butter
2 1/2 cups of small and ripe tomatoes (about 5), chopped
1/2 cup of red onion, finely chopped
1 cup of vegetable broth
1/4 cup of orange juice, freshly squeezed
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh mint leaves to garnish
1. Melt butter in saucepan. Stir in chopped tomatoes and onion. Cook over medium heat for 2 minutes.
2. Lower heat and add vegetable broth. Simmer for 20 minutes, then remove from heat.
3. Transfer mixture to blender, then puree. Add orange juice, salt, and pepper. Puree until well blended.
4. Transfer back to saucepan and reheat over medium heat for 2 minutes. Pour into soup bowls and add fresh mint as garnish.
If you've been traveling for the holidays and have returned to a home that's been fully shuttered while you've been away, it's important to get the energies within your living space circulating positively again. Here are several ways to enliven your home for the New Year!
Open all windows and doors (if only for a few minutes) to allow fresh chi to push out all the stale energies that have accumulated since your departure.
Flush all toilets and turn on all shower and baths for a few seconds. Run a bit of water from all faucets.
Play your favorite music and dance, dance, dance!
Finally, beginning at your front door and moving in a clockwise direction, walk around your house as you clap your hands or even ring a bell. Do this until you end up back at your front door, paying particular attention to corners and rooms that have been entirely closed.
These easy remedies will bring healthy and fresh chi back into your living space, while also inviting new and lucky opportunities to enjoy the new and lucky year ahead!
It's highly likely that your thoughts have turned to paying down all those credit cards you used for your holiday purchases. Well, don't panic!
If you do, however, begin to think in terms of scarcity -- "There's just not enough" -- stop that way of thinking in its tracks and replace it with this tremendously powerful affirmation courtesy of Florence Scovel Shinn, a notable artist and book illustrator from the early twentieth century:
"My supply is endless, inexhaustible, and immediate, and comes to me under grace in perfect ways."
Repeating these words when fear creeps in will soon enough attract opportunities to boost your bottom line -- under grace and in perfect ways, indeed.