The Year of the Earth Dog has arrived!
Here are five ways to harmonize with this grounding, comforting energy shift.
1. Create a Cozy Home.
Dog years – especially earth dog years – are extremely grounded in the physical world. So building and maintaining a cozy home will feel especially right this year. Furthermore, a cozy home will naturally support us in our relationships, health, goals, and basically all that we do.
2. Be Playful.
Dogs love to play, and so does the Year of the Dog. So go on adventures. Plan vacations. Play games. Go on walks. Basically, tune into what feels fun (particularly when it involves other people or…dogs!), and do it!
3. Volunteer or Donate.
Dog years lend themselves to fairness, community, and social justice. So this year is an auspicious time to get clear on the causes you care about the most, and then contribute to them with your time, money, or both.
And have you been thinking about starting a nonprofit or charity? Well, now would be an opportune moment.
4. Love. Just Love.
Look into a dog’s eyes and you’ll see one thing: love. A dog is happy to be present with those he loves, and happy to love those with whom he is present. We can choose to feel the same. We can let our eyes light up with pleasure when we connect with another living being. We can bravely open our hearts no matter how many times we’ve been hurt. And when someone we love is near us, we can be happy just to be.
5. Break Your Goals into Action Steps and Take Them.
In the words of Karen Carrasco in her excellent article about the Year of the Dog, “This is one of the best years to move forward on achieving your most cherished dreams. Pull those wispy “some day” longings out of the ethers and plant them into the fertile ground of 2018’s strongly focused energy…Choose a few goals this year and get action-specific with them.”
Wishing you a most magical Year of the Dog!