Simply Nahala

Writer. Photographer. Soul Traveler.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Dia de los Muertos

The Day of the Dead is a special holiday in the Mexican culture that is celebrated November 1-2. Friends and family gather together to celebrate the deceased. They believe that honoring the dead will invite their spirits to return. It is not a time of mourning but a celebration for those who have passed. Candles are lit to guide the spirits home. Family members build altars to honor their loved ones and adorn graves with gifts such as their favorite items, foods, and drink.

My oldest daughter, who is a makeup artist, made up her little sister for Halloween in the Day of the Dead costume tradition. I wanted to post this picture because it symbolizes the cycle of death and rebirth that resides within all of us; the polarity between the dark and light. Many of us are going through personal transformations where our old identity is dead, no longer a part of who we are. We are embarking on new adventures that support our true identity. No longer should we allow ourselves to live inauthentically.

Many of us are trying to find balance in our lives while still living our truth. Doing so takes courage, and breaking away from what society considers routine or the "norm." Our world, the social paradigm, and the energies that influence our views and actions are changing, and with this change comes the opportunity for us to shed the skin of who we thought we were, or should be, and embrace our individuality. And sadly, with every birth must be a preceding death, which is often sad, but normal within the course of the natural world.

Galileo once said, "I've loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night." We cannot experience the true bliss of living in the light, without first learning how to maneuver in the dark. Now is the time to embrace all aspects of yourself. Accept yourself right where you are at. Release what no longer serves you. Embrace the new day, for it is the first of the rest of your life.

Feliz Dia De Los Muertos!

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