Tomorrow (February 27th) welcomes in the Year of the Firebird, the celebration of Shambhala, or Tibetan New Year, also known as Losar (lo meaning “year, age” and sar meaning “new, fresh). An ancient tradition that is rooted in the longing we all have to be completely authentic and to live in a society that cultivates our true expression as human beings. The energy of the firebird holds an intense power and is the symbolic representation of awakening, (similar to the Phoenix), she’s a tenacious animal, determined and built for hard work, but also impulsive and hotheaded in her demeanour.
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the founder of Shambhala and Buddhist meditation master once said….
“There are seasons in your life in the same way as there are seasons in nature. There are times to cultivate and create, when you nurture your world and give birth to new ideas and ventures. There are times of flourishing and abundance, when life feels in full bloom, energized and expanding. And there are times of fruition, when things come to an end. They have reached their climax and must be harvested before they begin to fade. And finally, of course, there are times that are cold and cutting and empty, times when the spring of new beginnings seems like a distant dream. These rhythms in life are natural events. They weave into one another as day follows night, bringing, not messages of hope and fear, but messages of how things are.”