The Tibetan New Year: A Firebird Rises

Source: TheMindUnleashed
Christina Sarich
March 5, 2017

While most of us celebrate the New Year on January first, Tibetans in the Shambhala tradition just kicked off a lunar New Year on February 27th which lasts several days, including celebrations into March. This lunar New Year is revered as the Year of the Firebird, and we’re in for quite a ride, according to ancient Tibetan astrology.

The Tibetan lunar New Year is calculated according to the Tibetan lunar calendar, using ancient knowledge of astrology, and changes annually to coincide with the lunar cycle. Tibetan and Chinese New Year start on different dates.

The fire cock (or heaven bird) in the Tibetan tradition represents Venus and Jupiter, with qualities emphasized for the duration of the year such as: idealism, intelligence, precision, organization, self-confidence, and the perfection of skills and intent. This year and every lunar year marks an opportunity to become more mindful, and to reflect on the events of the previous twelve months. The New Year is also known as Losarlo meaning “year, age” and sar meaning “new, fresh.”

Tibetans combine 12 animal signs (mouse, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, bird, dog and pig) with the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) to create a 60-year cycle. They believe that the influence of the Lunar New Year can greatly shape our consciousness.Fire Bird 2

Tibetan societies were steeped in mysticism and renowned for their uncanny psychic ability to understand the way celestial occurrences affect us.

Nothing quite represents a new start than the fire bird, with similar Campbellian archetypes which are comparable, such as the phoenix. This is the symbol of rebirth. The phoenix, like the fire bird is an imperious, self-rejuvenating bird that reincarnates by burning itself up. It appears in ancient Egypt, as well as in the Southwest as the Thunderbid; in India, Garuda; in Iran, the Huma; in England, Arthur’s dragon symbol. Its forms change, but the flame-like essence, able to burn away misfortune and degradation (bad karma) remains.

C. G. Jung likened the phoenix to the transmutation of alchemical “prime matter” into bright metal through purification by fire. He also associated the symbol with rebirth. It is also said that the phoenix’s voice summoned the God Apollo to carry a message of rejuvenation.

The Tibetan year of the Firebird will be particularly exciting. This is the symbol of awakening, and we can already see signs of this everywhere we look.

The Tibetan Buddhist tradition offers much sage advice on how to deal with resurrection – both spiritually, and physically. The tradition teaches:


1. There is no possible way to escape death. No-one ever has, not even Jesus, Buddha, etc. Of the current world population of over 5 billion people, almost none will be alive in 100 years time.

2. Life has a definite, inflexible limit and each moment brings us closer to the finality of this life. We are dying from the moment we are born.

3. Death comes in a moment and its time is unexpected. All that separates us from the next life is one breath.

Conviction: To practise the spiritual path and ripen our inner potential by cultivating positive mental qualities and abandoning disturbing mental qualities.

“Tonight you die to be reborn in the morning, like every second that exists.” 

― Brian E. MillerShambhala

We have an opportunity with the year of the firebird to discard all that hasn’t served us, and to replace these thoughts, words and deeds with uplifted, more conscious thoughts, and actions.

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Tibetans use energies and qualities when they are assigning categories of distinction to their years. The new year always begins and ends on a new moon. This is a similar system to the Chinese, Hindus and ancient Babylonians.

All of these traditions used the symbol of fire to describe the burning away of impure thoughts, and karmic actions.

What ashes will you rise from this Tibetan Lunar New Year, in order to create something anew?

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Christina Sarich is a musician, yogi, humanitarian and freelance writer who channels many hours of studying Lao Tzu, Paramahansa Yogananda, Rob Brezny, Miles Davis, and Tom Robbins into interesting tidbits to help you Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and *See the Big Picture*. Her blog is Yoga for the New World . Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing The Body And Mind Through The Art Of Yoga.

Vegetables You Can Plant In Your Garden During July

Source: LearningYourGreens
July 25, 2016

John from goes on a field trip to Vilardi Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona to share with you some of the vegetables you can still plant in the heat of the July summer.

In this episode, John will give you a tour of this Wholesale nursery that grows plants for retailers in the Phoenix, Arizona area. You will discover some of the most heat tolerant vegetables that you can still plant and grow during the hot summer if you haven’t yet started a garden or still have places in your garden to plant vegetables.

John will cover a variety of his favorite heat-loving plants that thrive in the hot 100+ degree weather in Phoenix, Las Vegas or whatever desert you live.

You will discover many common and uncommon varieties of vegetables you should focus on if you grow in the desert or other places where summers are HOT!

John will share with you many uncommon perennial vegetables that thrive in the heat that he loves to grow.

After watching this episode, you will have the information you need to get planting and start (or add to) your July vegetable garden.

ps. YES, I did purchase and plant all 2 1/2 flats of vegetables in my garden except for the 2 caper plants that are awaiting a home. They were protected under 30% shade cloth for a few weeks to harden them off to ensure their success.

12 Fruit Trees that Thrive in the Desert with Little Care

Source: GrowingYourGreens
July 22, 2016

John from takes you on a field trip to Phoenix, Arizona to the home of Jake Mace where you will learn the top 12 fruit trees that can thrive in the desert with little care.

In this episode, you will discover the garden of eating that Jake Mace has created at his standard residential tract home in Phoenix, Arizona. You will get a tour of his edible food forest garden and learn about the 12 most important desert adapted fruit trees you can grow.

Besides some of the most desert acclimated fruit trees, you will learn about some of the more tropical fruits that Jake is growing in the form of “extra credit”.

You will also discover a few of the most important practices you must do to ensure your success growing fruit trees in the desert or other hot, dry, arid climate zone.

Finally at the end of this episode, John will interview Jake about some of these desert adapted fruit trees as well as talk about some good vegetables to grow in the heat. You will also learn about water and water conservation and how you can save more water growing your own food and eating lower on the food chain.

After watching this episode, you will have a better understanding of the best fruit trees to grow in the desert and how to make changes in your life to leave a lesser foot print on the planet.

#GoodNewsNextWeek: West Virginia Comes Together After Historic Floods

James Evan Pilato
June 28, 2016

This week on #GoodNewsNextWeek: Stop the presses! Going outside is good for your mind and body; West Virginia gets outpouring of support after deadly floods; and we’re lovin’ it as McDonald’s closing 500 more locations. Notes/Links:

Long Visits To Nature Linked to Improved Mental Health

Death Toll Lowered To 23 After Deadly #WestVirginia Floods

Fayette County Sheriff’s Department: “If the residents of this area catch you first, you may not make it to jail.”

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Activists Rescue 1,000 Dogs From China’s Controversial Dog Meat Festival

Outdoor Library Season Begins In Slovenia

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Brisbane’s Orange Sky Laundry Still Helping Homeless

Real Brexit “Catastrophe”: World’s 400 Richest Lose $127 Billion

Phoenix Seniors Find Healing With The Power Of Music

Running Releases Proteins That Help Boost Brain’s Ability To Remember

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Lawfully-Armed Portland Woman Shoots, Kills Home Intruder

Oregon Cowboy Lassos Would-Be Thief In Wal-Mart Parking Lot