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As we sit under the first full moon of the year, it is only natural to anticipate what this year will bring to all of us. Will we stick to our newly formed resolutions? Will fortune and adventure smile upon us or should we brace ourselves for the unexpected?

In lieu of these expectations, we often fall victim to the sensation of anxiety and worry, while being in the ether of suspense. But worry not, because with the first moon comes Thaipusam, encompassing many lessons we can carry throughout the year and even further into the unknown.

Thaipusam commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a Vel (spear) to vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman. The entire motive behind the Thaipusam festival is to receive the strength to overcome and destroy our bad traits.

Similar to Murugan, we too have our own demons to battle – but unlike the God of youth, power and virtue, we do not have the luxury of Parvati granting us the power of the Vel to overcome our problems.

The only way to unshackle our selves from the forces of our inner demons is to face them head on, as recognising our demons is already half the battle won.

This year, pick out your limiting beliefs and work on them relentlessly until they are finally defeated. No matter how big or small, it’s these victories that will make our year a triumphant one.

May your mind prevail over all limiting matters.

Happy Thaipusam everybody.

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