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  • Way of Life’s January Newsletter

    Happy New Year Welcome 2018!

    All of us at Way of Life wish you a new year filled with promise.

    We are ever grateful to you ,our community, for your continuing support of our locally owned small business.

    We are proud to have served and fulfilled your health and wellness needs in 2017.

    As we enter this new year, we look ahead to continually evolving our assistance towards a common bond of finding a collective balance of body, mind and spirit.

    Yang Earth Dog 2018

    by Madhu Mati Brodkey, BTB MFS

    Is this going to be a year where the DOG nips at your heels or adoringly climbs into your lap for a nap? Any way you look at it, it’s going to be attention-grabbing. 

    The eternal optimists, dogs always see the best in themselves and others and have a naturally happy disposition….Unless they get in a mood! They are enthusiastic which can be contagious or it can be annoying, for they never give up. This year is a Yang (strong) Earth Dog Year and can inspire others to look to The Dog for leadership. Mostly trusting and loyal, dogs can also be jealous and unforgiving when you don’t agree with them. Their innate stubbornness also means they will rarely admit when they are wrong. Sound like anybody you know in the public eye for the last couple of years?

    Come to The Way of Life on the evening of Wednesday, January 24, to learn more about the year and what we can expect from this Yang Earth Dog. I promise it will be illuminating and fun!

    This year Chinese New Year falls on Thursday, February 15. It is a time of ritual and gathering with friends and family. Celebrations can go on for 15 days. No expense is spared and I have found from personal experience that every restaurant in China Town is filled at this time with families and friends celebrating. Preparing for the Chinese New Year involves many activities. Here are some tips to help you get ready:

    Pay off debts with friends before the New Year so that they can start the year fresh. 

    About three weeks before the New Year families start their spring cleaning to welcome in the New Year. Do this with the intention that you are sending old stuck Qi away and welcoming fresh invigorating energy into your home. It’s a great time to DE-CLUTTER!

    New Year decorations are displayed to create a festive atmosphere and invite the gods to bestow blessings on the household.  An orange tree known as kum quat is a favorite found in Asian homes at this time. It represents abundance and is placed near the front entrance.


    A major activity of the New Year is the exchange of gifts. Most of the gift items have symbolic meanings to demonstrate good will or to express good wishes and are presented to family and friends.

    Popular items include New Year cakes in auspicious shapes, Mandarin oranges, sweets, candies and chocolates. 

    Wear something new on New Year’s Day. This symbolizes the new beginning of spring. Celebrate with family and friends by sharing great feasts which bring joy to the year’s start. 

      Last but not least, prepare red envelopes. It is a tradition in Chinese New Year to give out red envelopes with money inside. The amount of money is not important but the meaning of the act is very important. Red Envelopes are known as or Hóng Bāo, which means lucky money. Usually the adults will prepare the red envelopes and give them out to the children throughout the Chinese New Year Celebrations as a blessing.

    Many people will also check predictions of their luck in the New Year (Yearly Chart Analysis). The Chinese calendar has a 60 year cycle and each year is presided by a star. Everyone has a star that corresponds with the year of their birth. This birth star may conflict with the year’s presiding star, creating difficulties in work, business or personal life. To avoid or minimize the impact, rituals like the Golden Cicada Ritual can be performed.*


    *Madhu will lead the Golden Cicada New Year Ritual on Saturday, February 17, followed by a potluck of favorite New Year foods. Space is limited, so, please reserve your space by contacting Madhu.

    Madhu Mati Brodkey, BTB MFS, is a graduate of the BTBTM Feng Shui Masters Program (based on the teachings of Professor Lin Yun, founder of BTBTM Feng Shui. Madhu is a frequent guest speaker at events and bookstores, television and radio programs, and is a contributing writer for several local publications. For a personal forecast for the Year of the Yin Fire Rooster, contact Madhu at: 831-722-3669 or e-mail: madhu@fengshuireflections.com 

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    Wednesday, January 10th

    6:30 -8:00 pm

    Exploring the 2018 Pocket Astrologer:

    And Forces of the Astrological Aspects of 2018

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    Wednesday, January 24th

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    Year of the Yang Earth Dog…

    Will He Nip At Your Toes or Snuggle In Your Lap?

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    Chinese Five-Spice Noodles with Broccoli

    1/2 lb bean thread noodles
    2 Tbs. soy sauce
    1 tbsp. sesame oil
    2 tsp. chili paste
    4 cloves garlic minced
    1 tsp. fresh ginger, minced
    2 tsp. five-spice powder
    1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    1/2 cup onion, chopped
    3/4 cup vegetable broth
    1 large bunch broccoli,
    stems peeled & chopped
    1 cup shredded carrots
    1 cup shredded cabbage
    3 scallions, chopped
    Salt and pepper

    Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Toss in the bean thread noodles and cook for about 30 seconds. Dump the pot into a colander, and rinse the noodles under cold water. Let drain in the colander. Mix together the soy sauce, sesame oil, chili paste, ginger, garlic and five-spice powder in small bowl.

    Place a large wok or saute pan over high heat. Pour in the oil, and then add the onion. Cook, stirring often until translucent, about 3 min. Then add the broccoli, carrots, cabbage, broth, and finally the soy sauce mixture. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until the broccoli is very tender. Toss in the scallions and noodles. Stir well, and cook until the noodles are coated in the sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste. https://goo.gl/6duKMX