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Meditation is, among others, a way to balance the energy between our Yin self (spirit) and our Yang self (body).

For some people meditation might be against their faith or their beliefs and their position deserves the utmost respect but did you know that there are various scientific examinations on meditation that give proof of its benefits?

For instance, there is a research project named Shamatha Project, probably the most comprehensive study on meditation ever conducted, led by Dr. Clifford Saron, a neuroscientist at the University of California Davis campus (UC Davis), which showed that “…people undergoing intensive meditation training became better at making fine visual distinctions and sustaining attention…the ability to sustain attention, previous research shows, can help with regulating emotions, reducing depression and controlling anger…some of our research results even suggest that meditation also has a desirable physiological effects that might increase a person’s lifespan “.

Additionally “The meditators reported (in questionnaires) a range of positive psychological changes, including:

  • enhance wellbeing and a sense of purpose and feeling of control over their life and surroundings;

  • increased mindfulness (being able to observe their experience in a non-reactive manner);

  • decreased neuroticism and negative emotionality;

  • increased empathy

  • decreased tendencies to be anxious and avoidant in interpersonal relationships; and

  • more resilience and greater ability to meet challenges”

 Being said that why not giving it a try?

The Year of the Fire Monkey 2016 and the Stars

MICOAccording to the Chinese calendar, we are still during the year 2015, better said we are still during the year of the Wood Goat 2015, even though it is soon coming to an end. If the year of the Wood Goat 2015 was not favorable for you, the year of the Fire Monkey 2016 might really be better. The energy of the Fire Monkey is already ascending even though the year officially starts on February 4th at 6:14pm. Don’t get confused if on February 8thth 2016 you hear that the Chinese are celebrating their new year, traditionally Chinese have celebrated their new year based on the lunar calendar, which falls on February 8th, 2016, however the energy around us really changes according to the solar calendar, which falls on February 4th.

Based on one of the most powerful formulas of feng shui the energy around us is represented by stars that fly year after year to different sectors in a space; this formula allows us to predict certain events in our life, see below how your life could be affected during the year of the Fire Monkey 2016 depending on the location of the stars:

The most prosperous star is number 8 and it comes to the southwest; if the main door of your house or office is located in this sector you could expect increased business opportunities or increased rewards for your job.

The star associated with good news is number 9 and it comes to the east; if your main door or your bedroom are located there you might be part of a great event like a wedding or the conception of a newborn.

The star associated with recognition is number 1 and it comes to the southeast; locate yourself there to be recognized for your achievements at work or place your children there so they reach academic excellence.

The star associated with sickness is number 2 and it comes to the center; if your bedroom is in that sector please watch your health.

The star associated with arguments is number 3 and it comes to the northwest; if this is the place where you spend a lot of time you better think well before you speak and before you act because what you say and what you do might create discord.

The star associated with love and academic success is number 4 and it comes to the west; if this is the place of your bedroom this might be a favorable year for romance. The star associated with disasters and misfortune is number 5 and it comes to the northeast; if your main door or your bedroom are located there, watch your health and your finances closely and please do not renovate that sector of your place.

The star associated with authority and the advancement of career is number 6 and it comes to the south; if your main door or your bedroom are located there you could expect a promotion. The star associated with rivalry and robbery is number 7 and it comes to the north; if your main door is located there you might want to consider the installation of an anti-theft alarm system. If you would like to know more about the impact of the stars in your life please contact me.

Viviana Estrada