We attended a Dia de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) event at the Longmont Museum last weekend. It was awesome. So much to do for the children…traditional mexican dancing to watch and dance along with, sugar skull decorating, and sawdust carpets/stenciling. There were altars to be seen, but by the time we got to do that, we were all so tired that we needed to skeddadle out of there. Iliana and I did notice one altar that we both liked as it contained elements that we’ve worked with when doing crafts at home: pom poms and felt flowers. Emerson totally got into the sawdust making…he kept going over to the bins and getting more sawdust and pouring it out onto the stencils. I did a sugar skull, mine is the one second in from the left. Emerson’s is on the far left.
I liked being reminded of the thin veil that exists between the living and the dead celebrated by this event. This time of year is so ripe with magic in a way. The light in the sky is so different, as it hits us sideways. Last night we saw the moon, which looked full or almost full. Also, as we head into the darkest season of the year, it’s nice to be reminded of the beauty of it all.
I read this Daily Reflection on the Sahaj Marg website the other day. It seemed so apropos for this time of year and for something I’ve been thinking about more lately.
I hope as we enter this time of year where there is so much opportunity to give that I’m able to do it with grace, abundance, and total love.