For so many people, Halloween is the designated day to day to dress up, overindulge in sugar, and get your fright on. It emphasizes the spooky parts of death and hones in on fears related to the afterlife. However, Halloween in other parts of the world, is actually viewed as a celebration. It is recognized as a traditional celebration with a deep connection to the supernatural and the dead.
This is referred to Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. A Mexican holiday with 3,000 years of incredible tradition. Over 2 days, families remember and honor the spirits of the unliving. There’s face painting, stories, food, and festivals greeting the spirits from the other side. Sure, the theme is death, but the tone is commemoration - undoubtedly different than the Halloween I grew up on.
So, this got me thinking...rather than fearing death, what if we used the thought of dying as a portal to
recognize the things that are still in us to create?
In addition it can be used as a tool to identify what has died within us and is ready to be released?
Death can provide us with valuable information for deeper insight due to the finality of it’s nature. Are there any limiting beliefs holding you back from realizing your dreams? What a perfect opportunity to go inward and figure out what we hope to get out of life and living.
So, if you died tomorrow, what unrealized dreams would you have?
Is it a relationship, traveling more, launching a business, or just more meaningful connections — that’s information on how you should move forward and what you should spend time cultivating.
By taking a moment to pause and step out of our regular routines, we can cut through the noise and realign to what matters most. And sure, it might be uncomfortable at first, but reflecting on death has a unique way of making what we want to do with the limited time we have left crystal clear.
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.