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Ya la suo! May you be auspicious!
Please enjoy this special message and blessing from Miao to celebrate the coming Year of the Sheep!
Feb. 11, 2015
Dear Family & Friends,
As we prepare to celebrate the traditional Chinese New Year on February 19, 2015, the coming Year of The Sheep, I invite you all to embrace the spirit of celebrating a new year–of letting go of the old and welcoming the new. May you truly embody New Year’s greetings and “Be auspicious.” “May all your wishes be fulfilled” become a solid reality and usher in a new, auspicious life chapter for you.
I say that you are all auspicious because you have vows: you have faith in the mission of NCF and the dharma teachings. You have brought more warmth and joy to this world through practicing and spreading the Wisdom of Joy and the Yoga of Joy. Therefore, when adjusting your life frequency to let go of the old and welcome the new, please also recognize and receive with smiles, the gratitude sent back to you by the world. Then, pass this gratitude on fully to those whom you wish to thank. Despite the fact that you’re still in the process of learning and growing, sometimes possibly even feeling you’re regressing, please remember your true nature is always pure and kind. Never give up. You are and have always been loved! The ability to receive love is auspicious and we all possess it.
“May all your wishes be fulfilled” is a popular greeting during the Chinese New Year. Wishes stemming from a pure and clear heart are different from those arising from a confused and conflicted mind. A pure and clear heart is a generous, big heart in which troublesome things cannot survive. A confused and conflicted mind is an egoic, small mind that can’t hold a big, life blueprint. Having no attachment is the way to make a heart generous and big, which is a truly auspicious life state. I encourage you all to make “attaching to nothing” one of your New Year’s resolutions and to help each other realize it– you don’t do things: let things do you.
Even if you’re encountering serious matters that demand your attention, through deep and proper under-standing of the Wisdom of Joy, you’ll be able to discern which are the right thoughts and which are not, among the many thoughts which arise related to the issue. With direct and unbiased recognition, you’ll know the “right force” to use in handling the matter. Using more or less force is not “right” force. “Right” force is the proper effort needed to deal with any issue. Being anxious, stressed out or worried are all emotions which create the opposite of “right force.”
By embodying the Wisdom of Joy, your emotions will not easily influence whatever happens. From this empty state, “out of the blue” ideas or thoughts may appear. “Out of the blue” is such a wonderful creation! Yet, you need to let the “blue” open first before anything can come out of it. “Letting the blue open” symbolizes enhancing your Wisdom of Joy. “Out of the blue” represents ideas and thoughts which originate outside of the habitual “box.” From “out of the blue,” your value system will be adjusted, your creative capacity will be increased, and the space of Spirit will reveal itself to you. You can only fly when there is space. Therefore, we need “out of the blue” inspirations which emerge from a pure and clear heart– with infinite space to allow our spirit to fly high and freely. Then, little by little, you’ll find yourself becoming the bodhisattva who attaches to nothing–who knows no worry, but only childlike joy.
Blessings with love.
~ Yuan Miao