Written by Victoria Elizabeth

Copyright Victoria Elizabeth 2005.



On February 9th, people all overrepparttar place will be ringing in another Asian Lunar New Year – THE YEAR OF THE ROOSTER!

It’s time to dance with Dragons, bang onrepparttar 118091 drums, light those fancy firecrackers (left over from Halloween), crack openrepparttar 118092 fortune cookies, and let’s have a bash – ‘causerepparttar 118093 "Rooster’s" back in town!

For those of you who haven’t got a clue what’s going on,repparttar 118094 party animals are out in full force. This year, “Rooster” rulesrepparttar 118095 roost! And, that means anyone born in 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993 and of course,repparttar 118096 newborn "Roosters" of 2005.

Yo there Chinese astrology fans, if you recall, “Rooster” isrepparttar 118097 third fromrepparttar 118098 end ofrepparttar 118099 12-year Chinese Zodiac cycle of crazy critters including firstrepparttar 118100 Rat, then Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, (Rooster -- sometimes called Bird or Cock) followed by, Dog and Boar.

Actually “Roosters” are easy to spot. They’re perky, plucky, punctual creatures who don’t need alarm clocks or wake-up calls fromrepparttar 118101 front-desk hotel clerk. These conventional critters have also been known to cut a mean tango, twist, or two-step onrepparttar 118102 dance floor at weddings, retirements and wakes.

Besides preening their feathers and admiring themselves way too long inrepparttar 118103 mirror every day, "Roosters" (as are "chicks") flashy dressers. So, keep your eyes peeled for anyone wearing spiked heels, black fishnet stockings, sparkly mini skirt and matching halter-top with maximum cleavage. And, watch out for a buns-of-steel stud with a colorful rooster tattoo on his right bicep, wearing nothing but a shoe-string thong or skimpy loincloth. No, it's not a figment of your vivid imagination's just a "Chick" and a "Rooster" doing what comes naturally!!

For those interested in more far-flung fowl facts, take a wee peek below.

Inrepparttar 118104 meantime, suffice to say that all those “lady” birds earn their keep by laying oodles of eggs for Farmer Brown. (Lord knows why these "lucky ladies" get a bad rap as “hen-peckers”; no doubt Farmer Brown had something to do with it). Onrepparttar 118105 other hand,repparttar 118106 clucking “cocks”, (who spend most of their time fluffing up their feathers or sidling up torepparttar 118107 hens offering themrepparttar 118108 best bugs and worms inrepparttar 118109 barnyard), usually end up as “roasters” -- onrepparttar 118110 supermarket shelf or in a KFC bucket!

"Roosters" tend be a tad eccentric, self-oriented, outspoken barnyard creatures, and why not. Who else is consumed with devising yet another bird-brained, “stroke of genius” scheme that no one else can pull off? When not doing dashing detective work, playing Doctor-Do-Little or Naughty Nurse Nellie, or rummaging around in people’s heads as a high-priced success coach (psychiatrist in another life), "Roosters" often get lost in a favorite pastime -- deep-musing -- which is second only to frolicking about in bucolic settings with pretty young chicks.

Mindfulness and Laughter: Gaining Clarity While Giggling

Written by Maya Talisman Frost

Life is funny. Throughoutrepparttar day, there are plenty of humorous moments that we tend to ignore. We get so caught up in being earnest that we miss opportunities to gain clarity while giggling.

Sure, there are times when it is considered inappropriate to laugh, but if we're honest, we'll see that if we're suppressing a smile it's a sign that we're fully present.

Not only that, but these are times when we could most use a little laughter to bring levity to an overly-serious situation. The best business meetings--and funerals--I've ever attended included plenty of bust-a-gut moments.

Years ago, during a two-week silent meditation retreat, I gotrepparttar 118090 giggles. Oh, I know, you're supposed to be *serious* about meditating for five hours straight, but I couldn't help it.

It all started when I was roused from my peaceful posture by a certain "KLUNK!" from acrossrepparttar 118091 room. I opened my eyes to see that one of my retreat buddies had fallen asleep and landed with his head againstrepparttar 118092 wall. Momentarily unnerved, he quickly straightened up, closed his eyes and put on his best meditator's face.

I, onrepparttar 118093 other hand, completely lost it.

I managed to stiflerepparttar 118094 first few giggles, but then they started escaping in little bursts. I triedrepparttar 118095 ol' coughing technique, hoping to disguise my snorts as expectoration, but I wasn't fooling anyone.

Pretty soon, I saw (well, I did have my eyes open) others looking my way. Nobody else was laughing. In fact, nobody else was even smiling. Clearly, I wasrepparttar 118096 only one who had allowed myself to get caught up in that unexpected moment of hilarity.

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