Monthly Archives: November 2014

New Moon Healing

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Tonight’s collection as I sit with this New Moon who is asking me to define all the ways in which I am healing…

“So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.” ~ T.S. Eliot

I’ve been taking a cue from November’s bones, who speak to me of dismantling all my intentions {right down to the bones} and re-evaluating what I want to continue carrying, letting everything else fall away.

There is lightness and freedom here – and more room to breathe.

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November’s Rhythm

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Listening to the beat within and diving deeper into the pulse of all the things. Observing November’s rhythm – which is calling for new eyes to notice all the shifting altars.

“What is saving my life now is the conviction that there is no spiritual treasure to be found apart from the bodily experiences of human life on earth. My life depends on engaging the most ordinary physical activities with the most exquisite attention I can give them. My life depends on ignoring all touted distinctions between the secular and the sacred, the physical and the spiritual, the body and the soul. What is saving my life now is becoming more fully human, trusting that there is no way to God apart from real life in the real world.”

~ Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith

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A Season for Remembering

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“Death smiles at us all, all we can do is smile back.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

It’s no secret that Fall is my favorite season. With it’s color changing leaves, crisp air and a general feeling of renewal, to pumpkins, hoodies and Halloween preparations, there is also something happening in the undercurrent. A stopping of sorts that lends to a deepening… a turning inward to remember.

Making Light out of Shadows
I bow to the cycle of Life and Death
Honoring all that has come before me
I celebrate Life, by remembering the Dead.

Every year I observe and celebrate Allhallowtide, which is the combined holidays of All Hallows’s eve (October 31st), Hallowmas or All Saint’s Day (November 1st), and All Souls’ Day (November 2nd). In Mexico this is most popularly known as Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

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This is a time to remember our beloved departed, as well as to celebrate the life they had and honor the life that is around us. And so altars are built in their memory, it is said that this time of year the veil between the worlds are at their thinnest and the dead can cross over to come visit their loved ones. The altars generally include offerings of sweets and liquid so the dead may rest and feast with the living. To see more of my 2014 Ofrenda (altar) click here.

“The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?”
~ Edgar Allan Poe

Hay más tiempo que vida
(There is more time than life)

During this season of remembering, and all year round, may our loved ones passed be always present in our hearts.

Over a year ago I wrote {Death’s Song} which was published over on the Women’s Spiritual Poetry website as well as in their poetry anthology book Journey of the Heart, and my friend who created this image reminded me of how timely this poem is this time of year… How it reminds us that there is always a new beginning after an ending.

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(Photograph: “Love is Stronger Than Death” by Katarina Silva)

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