Angry? Nope, not me! Anger in TCM

Anger can be a normal and healthy human emotion but how often do we allow ourselves to feel this emotion? Many people deny their feelings and suppressed their anger, then suddenly find themselves yelling at the cab driver or barista. How long does it take to make a cappuccino?!!?

I was talking to my friend and teacher last week and she asked me So, how do you deal with anger? What do you do when you are angry? What happens when you do not express anger? How does it show up in your body?

I kind of stared at her, thought about it for a minute and realized I did not have an answer for her. I tried to come up with something but I finally whispered “I don’t really do anger.” (Sad but true)

As I pondered these questions, I realized that even though I have done a lot of work around expressing and accepting many of my emotions, anger is one where I still have a hard time. I was brought up in a conservative culture and family where any expression of emotions especially anger were discouraged.


Chinese New Year Celebrations & Common Taboos

Chinese New Year is steeped in tradition and superstition. When I was growing up, my grandmother and mother would emphasize superstitions like Do not sweep the floor on the first day of Chinese New Year to avoid “sweeping” away your wealth and Eating the New Year cake to signify the family sticking together. (Personally, I don’t know if the last one worked as we are all living in different continents)

Common Dos and Don’ts


Chinese New Year: 7 Important Symbols

Chinese New Year is associated with many symbols and each has its own importance and significance.

In part-two of this three-part blog, I talk about 7 important symbols during Chinese New Year. (Click here for part-one)

1. Red

Why is everything red? Red packets, red cushions, red clothes?

In Chinese culture, the color red is associated with good fortune and happiness. During the Spring Festival or Chinese New Year, many items are red in color to generate good fortune and good luck into the households.


Chinese New Year 2017 – Chinese Zodiac

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival 春节 falls on Saturday January 28th this year. It is one of the biggest festivals in the Chinese Culture and is celebrated by 1/6 of the world’s population.

When I was a child, I loved Chinese New Year. The food, new clothes and red packets filled with money. Did I mention the food? I remember in our family, the only time of the year we were allowed to drink soda was during Chinese New Year. Grape soda was my favorite.

The celebration lasts for 15 days and can vary slightly in different countries. Traditionally, the celebrations are based on different myths and traditions. It is a time to honor deities, ancestors and get together with families.

With Chinese New Year less than 3 weeks away, I thought it might be fun to take a look at the origins of the Chinese Zodiac and how we celebrate Chinese New Year. In part one of this three-part blog, I will talk about the 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac. Next week, in part 2, I will talk about the symbolism of the celebrations & food. In part 3, I will cover what we do in the 15 days of celebrations.

Chinese Animal Sign


What is your word for 2017?

Joy? Surrender? Believe? Peace? Fun?

Word for 2017? What do I mean?

When my coach bought this up a few weeks ago, I was stumped. I was thinking “Oh boy, one word? This is going to take some time.

Then she led me through a meditation and my word came to me really fast. Once I realized what my word is, it makes perfect sense as it is something I have been working on for the last few months. (Ok, maybe the last few years)

Your word, if you choose to have one (or it can be a phrase) will serve as a good reminder when or if things get tough in 2017. It can be a motivator, a promise or a guiding light when you feel off centered. You can also use this word to help you make specific goals and plans for the New Year.

My Word for 2017