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The Daily OM For Jan. 22nd – The Time of Your Life

The Time of Your Life
Learning to Slow Down

by Madisyn Taylor

When we rush through our days and lives, we fail to notice the simple beauty of living.

Throughout our lives, we are taught to value speed and getting things done quickly. We learn that doing is more valuable than merely being, and that making the most of life is a matter of forging ahead at a hurried pace. Yet as we lurch forward in search of some elusive sense of fulfillment, w

e find ourselves feeling increasingly harried and disconnected. More importantly, we fail to notice the simple beauty of living. When we learn to slow down, we rediscover the significance of seemingly inconsequential aspects of life. Mealtimes become meditative celebrations of nourishment. A job well-done becomes a source of profound pleasure, no matter what the nature of our labors. In essence, we give ourselves the gift of time—time to indulge our curiosity, to enjoy the moment, to appreciate worldly wonders, to sit and think, to connect with others, and to explore our inner landscapes more fully.

A life savored slowly need not be passive, inefficient, or slothful. Conducting ourselves at a slower pace enables us to be selective in how we spend our time and to fully appreciate each passing moment. Slowness can even be a boon in situations that seem to demand haste. When we pace ourselves for even a few moments as we address urgent matters, we can center ourselves before moving ahead with our plans. Embracing simplicity allows us to gradually purge from our lives those commitments and activities that do not benefit us in some way. The extra time we consequently gain can seem like vast, empty stretches of wasted potential. But as we learn to slow down, we soon realize that eliminating unnecessary rapidity from our experiences allows us to fill that time in a constructive, fulfilling, and agreeable way. We can relish our morning rituals, linger over quality time with loved ones, immerse ourselves wholeheartedly in our work, and take advantage of opportunities to nurture ourselves every single day.

You may find it challenging to avoid giving in to the temptation to rush, particularly if you have acclimated to a world of split-second communication, cell phones, email and overflowing agendas. Yet the sense of continuous accomplishment you lose when you slow down will quickly be replaced by feelings of magnificent contentment. Your relaxed tempo will open your mind and heart to deeper levels of awareness that help you discover the true glory of being alive.

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Your Daily Chinese Horoscopes for June 1

Rabbit

You have a serious “look” about you today, but where it comes to adventure you are all fun and games. You may be starting up a serious sporting event or club in your community, and could take a leadership role in your social circle.

Dragon

Your intuition will be sharper today, and you will be lead to opportunities in your local community to make an impact on the lives of others as well as your own. You may find that the act of repairing a few broken windows, painting over some graffiti could make a big difference.

Snake

Friends and family will be the theme again today, and you may find your recent efforts to play “matchmaker” are bearing fruit at long last. Your own love life could be heating up with some help from a relative who is eager to return the favor.

Horse

You might find that you are juggling your attention between home and work, especially if you have a small home office business. If you have a “day-job” expect some intrusions from your boss or employer, but there could be rewards for delaying your own entertainment to please a higher-up.

Sheep

Looks like you are thinking about or planning for a pleasure trip sometime soon. You may have to plan more than normal, but you have a terrific opportunity to learn a great deal from other people and other cultures. If you are a parent you may be doing a lot of extra driving today.

Monkey

Big financial changes are coming. A business partner or associate is going to plug you into a very lucrative deal. You’ll want to share some of the windfall to buy yourself some time to spend with your family soon. Be careful that you don’t spend too much money today.A considerable change in your spiritual, social or religious values will come along with insights and ideas that expand your boundaries. You may find that you have a new way to contribute to your community through a group, club or religious charity.

Rooster

It’s playtime all of a sudden. Whether you are single or partnered, you will find there is a dramatic spike in your romantic energy today. If you are single, that works well towards attracting a mate. If you are married, it adds some fire and spice to your love life.

Dog

You may be feeling cautiously optimistic about some workplace changes you plan or are facing in the near future. Don’t be afraid to experiment with beneficial alternative diets or healing plans. You may be a little ahead of the “acceptance curve” if you are hoping to encourage others to join you.

Pig

Artwork, entertainment devices, and recreational tickets are better bargains today. You will find you have more time, energy and money for self-enjoyment than you have had recently, and you really do need some extra time out to relax and recreate yourself.

Rat

If you are still single, this is a good day to take your latest “intended” home to meet the folks. You will find them to be more receptive to your choices than normal today. If you are already married, this is a good time to get together with in-laws to make a good impression.

Ox

Do be careful to stay at the speed limit if you are driving today. Your chart speaks of “unexpected encounters with authority figures while traveling” – which could add up to a speeding ticket if “Lead Foot Louie” is not extra careful today.

Tiger

Get ready for financial breakthroughs. If you have been looking for work, sharpen your pencil, dust off that resume, put on your best duds and hit the pavement. Today could be your lucky day. If you are employed look for a bonus, promotion or raise in the near future.

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General Daily Horoscopes for Tuesday, Sept. 7th

Today is a cosmically quiet day without significant planetary aspects, giving us a bit of breathing room to integrate the recent changes before the next wave hits. Although we might have extra time on our hands, we may be confronted with issues that we previously tried to avoid. The steadfast Capricorn Moon settles our intense feelings as she separates from yesterday’s conjunction with dark Pluto and harmoniously trines the practical Virgo Sun.

 

Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

Being overly concerned about how others see you isn’t your normal style, but the cautious Capricorn Moon in your 10th House of Status requires you to be on your best behavior now. You must proceed carefully, for your natural inclination is to talk before you think. Thankfully, your intuition should show you the most practical course of action, which is exactly what you need.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

Everything appears to fall into place today, but, unfortunately, you still may not feel completely at ease. Although it’s reassuring that your life has settled down sufficiently for you to have some time to relax, you might think that you’re missing something important now. Don’t worry about anything that’s not concrete. Focusing on reality rather than your anxiety is your best preparation for whatever might occur next.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

Accept the support of your closest friends and family today, for they will supply the solid foundation that you might lack on your own. The help you need now isn’t about money; it’s about knowing that others have faith in you and in what you’re doing. Don’t wait for someone to offer assistance; ask and you shall receive.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

You may be more content with listening to what others want without feeling the necessity to fix anything today. You can be sweet and caring, but it’s more important now to fulfill your obligations and make time to meet your own needs, instead. Remember, you will have more to give later on if you feel satisfied yourself.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

No matter what you feel today, it’s best to stick to your regular routine as closely as possible. However, you still must remain flexible enough to handle changing circumstances because unexpected situations may arise that pull you off your normal schedule. Don’t be overly rigid when responding to a surprise; instead, just return to the safety of the tried and true as soon as you can.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

The Moon brightens your 5th House of Self-Expression, reflecting your current need to tell someone how you feel, especially if there is a romantic attraction. You would prefer to let your love light shine all the time, but sometimes you turn it down low so you can be of service to those who need your help. Now, however, don’t deny your desires; let your heart guide your way.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

You might prefer to hide away at home today, out of sight from the real world. Unfortunately, your little mini-retreat may not work out so well because you still have to go to work or run errands. Being productive is admirable, but don’t be afraid to honor your own needs, too. Finish what you start quickly, so you still have some time left over for relaxation later in the day.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You really want to do something special with your friends or family today, but are hesitant to schedule too much into your day. If you’re busy, you may be resistant to the idea of doing more, yet you’re likely to enjoy yourself once you get into the flow of events. Don’t procrastinate; the sooner you put your calendar in order now, the smoother everything will go.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

If you aren’t in conflict with someone else today, you are probably arguing with yourself. Your thoughts could be leading you around in circles; even if you attempt to stop the inner dialogue, it seems to have a mind of its own. Regain your emotional balance by allowing your mental meanderings to continue without trying to push them away. Paradoxically, once you try to exert control, the cycle restarts for another round.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Your strong resolve to follow your agenda is being severely tested today and you’re ready to bury your feelings if you think that they might get in the way of your progress. Unfortunately, denying your emotions only postpones the inevitable; your repressed energy will come out sooner or later. If tension does escalate, however, the expression can be much more difficult. It’s healthier to deal with the consequences as they occur and then let them pass.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You might not be telling the whole truth about what’s happening today because your desire for self-sufficiency encourages you to keep your feelings secret. You don’t have a reason to show your vulnerability, which could restrain the intensity of an emotional interaction. There’s no right or wrong way to approach a situation now as long as you keep your heart open and act with kindness.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You can count on your friends to come through for you today as the Moon visits your 11th House of Social Networking. Your desires are pretty basic, and thankfully you should be able to get what you want. Ironically, others may not be very demonstrative now, but you still won’t have any doubt about their love and support. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need because you’ll likely receive it.

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Daily Horoscopes for Monday, July 11th

It’s easy for our feelings to grow out of control once the Moon enters cavalier Sagittarius at 5:46 am EDT. We’re motivated to express ourselves in a big way without worrying about the consequences, but we can miss important subtleties in our rush for recognition. Fortunately, we get cosmic help as energetic Mars in interactive Gemini creates a supportive sextile with communicator Mercury. However, the quickest response isn’t always the best one.

 

Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You’re very excited about all the possibilities in your life now that the fiery Sagittarius Moon is tempting you to push your limits even further. You could even believe that the signs are telling you to go ahead and do it all, even if you don’t have enough energy to keep up with such an active schedule. Be smart and practice saying no, or you might spread yourself so thin that you end up exhausting yourself and having no fun at all.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

You may spend too much money on something you don’t really need, but impulsive purchases aren’t necessarily a smart idea today. Although you might regret your momentary lack of fiscal discipline, you could be motivated to act now if you think that you’ll lose your chance by letting the opportunity pass. However, the sense of urgency is an illusion and isn’t based on what’s actually happening. You can avoid buyer’s remorse if you simply take extra time to weigh your options prior to opening your wallet.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

Your key planet Mercury harmonizes with pushy Mars in your friendly sign today, provoking you to talk up a storm. But however enticing a social invitation sounds now, you might need some time to relax away from other people. Everyone seems to be encouraging you to do more, but you don’t have to live up to their expectations. Instead of succumbing to peer pressure, listen to your own voice and do what sounds right.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

The Moon’s visit to your 6th House of Employment may mean that your big ideas about what you intend to accomplish at work today are not realistic. It’s healthy to remember that even your most sensible plans might need to be set aside if you’re distracted by something more interesting than your responsibilities. It’s not that you’re feeling scattered; it’s just that boredom is setting in. It’s okay to explore new avenues of expression as long as you follow through with everything you start.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You are highly enthusiastic about playing with your friends, even if you have real work to do today. It’s hard to get the fun and games out of your mind, whether or not you can participate in them. However, you may be tired of having to take the lead to make anything happen. Acknowledging that you deserve some downtime is part of your solution now; the other part is scheduling your day so you fit in some work and some play.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You feel as if you’re at odds with yourself today because you can’t find the right balance between too little and too much. You are naturally competent in handling details. However, your current extravagance tempts you to promise more than you can deliver, especially if you skim over a crucial piece of information. Thinking about all the possibilities now is healthy as long as you remember that your common sense is still your greatest asset.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Your friends may believe that you’re a bit imbalanced today, especially if your optimism pushes you toward big thinking. Although everything may appear better than it actually is now, you might overcompensate by seeing potential problems everywhere you look. Keep in mind that the truth is somewhere in between the extremes and it’s smarter to moderate your enthusiasm rather than going overboard in either direction.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You may not be willing to let go of your financial concerns, even if you’re more positive now about the future. The upbeat Sagittarius Moon shines a spotlight on your 2nd House of Possessions now and you recognize that your success depends upon consolidating your gains. If you try to bolt ahead too quickly, you may end up jeopardizing your progress. Allow your enthusiasm to build, but move forward cautiously until you build a momentum that you can sustain.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

The Moon’s return to inspirational Sagittarius reminds you of how significant your feelings are to your happiness. Unfortunately, you are sometimes tempted to override your emotions if they get in the way of an exciting activity. However, you are unable to ignore what your body tells you today. Your moods are vital indicators of your overall well-being now, so pay extra careful attention to honoring what your heart needs.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Paradoxically, you may be very talkative today, even though you might prefer being left alone. You aren’t ready to engage with the noise of the world now and it would be wise to avoid unnecessary social events and gatherings of large groups of people. Initiating meaningful one-on-one conversations allows you to connect on a deeper level with someone special. Even if being accepted by a club or a clique could help you achieve your goals, save the socializing for another day.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You’re buzzing today as the Moon in your 11th House of Friends and Associates fires up your social life, even if it’s a workday. It’s not easy to stay serious about your job now, unless it involves interacting with your peers. You want to be connected with your tribe, even if it’s in a business rather than a personal setting. Fortunately, you’ll receive the support and admiration of your co-workers if you take care of your obligations as expected.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Your vision of the future captures the imagination of your associates today, leading you to assume a greater amount of authority. You may not want to be the boss, but others realize that you’re one of the few people who actually understand what’s happening. Don’t turn down a leadership role if you are chosen by your peers. Stand up and play your part; you will be able to step back with a sense of accomplishment later on.

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