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The Year of the Rat in the Taoist calendar begins on 25th January, and we'll still be in the traditional celebration time when we meet on 4th February. If you're not sure which animal you are in the Taoist calendar you can find out tonight and reflect on your strengths. The element for this Rat year is metal, associated with the lungs, so we can take some deep breaths after the first month of 2020, and gather our courage and clarity through meditation and qigong at this time of renewal. Early February is also the time of Imbolc or mid-winter. Now the snowdrops rise up, the earth's energy grows towards spring, and we can celebrate the return of the light. February also brings Valentine's Day. Oscar Wilde wrote that "To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance", and this is a sentiment at the heart of Taoist philosophy and the jade egg holistic practice! This month's circle will be a chance to remember our self-love and self-compassion, and to commit to embracing all that we are. We'll gather together for meditation, movement, an introduction to the jade egg holistic practice and other Taoist ways to nurture ourselves on all levels. Please bring a cushion to sit on (and a blanket if you like), a bottle of water, notepad and pen. Chairs are available at the venue. When you arrive at the hall, turn left. Follow the corridor through two sets of double doors all the way to the Club Room at the end.
It's International Women's Day on 8th March, and to honour this celebration of global sisterhood I invite you to bring a friend for free for an evening of relaxation and self-empowerment. Women are achieving great change for the world by uniting in compassionate strength, and in our own lives sharing our truth with a trusted friend can be transformational. Let's gather together and celebrate what we bring to each other's lives. I'll offer Taoist meditation, gentle yet strengthening qigong exercises, and an introduction to the jade egg holistic practice. As we approach the Spring Equinox we can also connect to the new growth and vitality around us, associated in the Taoist tradition with the liver, the tendons and ligaments, the eyes, and the colour green. We can embrace this energy through guided meditation and movement, feeling grateful for our flexibility, our vision, and our growth on all levels. Please bring a cushion to sit on (and a blanket if you like), a bottle of water, notepad and pen. Chairs are available at the venue. When you arrive at the hall, turn left. Follow the corridor through two sets of double doors all the way to the Club Room at the end.