Today is the last day of the Lunar Tiger year, we will be welcoming the friendly and adorable Rabbit when the clock strikes 00:00 January 22, 2023.
The custom is to stay up all night on New Year's Eve (守岁Shǒusuì) together with our family to see the new year in. I had long abandoned this practice and made it a routine to meditate instead. Practicing Right Mindfulness as I breathe in and breathe out with sincerest gratitude to have able to live through another challenging year to serve my community and love myself with compassion and wisdom.
"Be mindful 24 hours a day, not just during the one hour you may allot for formal meditation or reading scripture and reciting prayers. Each act must be carried out in mindfulness. Each act is a rite, a ceremony. Raising your cup of tea to your mouth is a rite. Does the word 'rite' seem too solemn? I use that word in order to jolt you into the realization of the life-and death matter of awareness.
Mindfulness free us of forgetfulness and dispersion and makes it possible to live fully each minute of life. Mindfulness enables us to live." | TNH The Miracle of Mindfulness. An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation.