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    CONNECTING WITH SPIRIT, IN MARCH

    It is connecting with the spiritual life that gives perspective on our passage through time.

    The activities lift us to a connection with God, and unite us with one another as a human community inside each tradition.

    Both Christian and Baha’i faiths have periods of fasting, reflection, and repentance this March. By contrast, Jewish Purim is a festive, merry event, and Norooz celebrates the life of a new year.


    Click here for a wonderful interfaith calendar.

    Some March dates for reference: 


    March 1st Ash Wednesday: Lent begins - Christian
     

    March 2th – 20th Nineteen Day Fast * - Baha'i


    March 12th Purim - Jewish

    March 21st Norooz (New Year) - Persian/Zoroastrian

    In Gratitude,
    Kelly Sutton MD

     

    EPIPHANY AND CHINESE NEW YEAR

    What starts in January ends in February for both the Chinese calendar and the Christian church calendar.

    Chinese New Year, lands any time from January 21st till February 20th and lasts 15 days. This year it starts January 28th and ends with the Lantern Festival in mid-February.

    2017 is the year of the Fire Rooster. A Fire Rooster usually has a responsible character.

    The Chinese New Year is an ancient celebration, going back 4000 years, blending elements of Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism. It is also called Lunar New Year, and Spring Festival. For part of the 20th century, Chinese people were not allowed to celebrate Chinese New Year, as it was considered too religious by Mao Tse-Tiung. The celebration was reinstated in the 1980's.

    Chinese New Year facts: Link 1, Link 2

    Epiphany season is longer – it begins January 6th, and lasts until the end of February. Within it are three junctures in the life of Jesus in which he is brought into contact with the wider world.

    • The visit of the three Kings (Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar represented Europe, Arabia, and Africa respectively).​
    • The baptism of Jesus.  ​
    • The wedding at Cana (first miracle).

    Epiphanytide lasts until the end of February, on Transfiguration Sunday, February 25,  which commemorates the transfiguration of Jesus on a mountain, in conversation with Moses and Elijah. There, Peter, James, and John heard,  “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him, I am well pleased; listen to him!”   Matt 17: 1-9   

    Epiphany facts: Link

    We are still in a time of beginnings – wishing you the best beginnings, and strong follow-through,

     

    In Gratitude,
    Kelly Sutton MD

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    My apologies for the late publication of this month's newsletter!

    This month we suggest some rich resources to look at the question... What is Anthroposophic Medicine?

    We also ponder the many questions that come up around Vaccine reactions – what different kinds of reactions mean and what we can do about them.

    Lastly, there are reflections on American Conservatism, the holding or letting go of our original documents as a country, and what this means for parents concerned with health freedom.

    I hope 2017 is a remarkable year in a positive way, and that each of us has the strength and love to meet its challenges.

    In Gratitude,
    Kelly Sutton MD

    TOWARD RENEWAL

    We are in the darkest month now, but the culture has longstanding festivals of renewal this time of year (among them, Christmas and Hanukkah). We seek renewal after an election, and I hope for renewal in my profession of medicine (please read below about the important new group PHYSICIANS FOR INFORMED CONSENT), and I see cycles of change in nature and human developments bringing openings that can be renewal. Dr. Baer and I have put together Winter Remedy Kits so you are ready to go through an illness toward your own renewal with strong support (the kits offer significant cost savings on useful groups of remedies).  

     

    In Gratitude,
    Kelly Sutton MD