Today is the second day of the Triduum of All Hallows: All Hallows' Eve yesterday, All Saints' Day today and All Souls' Day tomorrow. It's a time to think about the dead and about dying. The veil may be thin between Heaven and Earth, the living and the dead during these days. I can feel it in the falling of the leaves and in the warm wind that is blowing over the earth today, moving the clouds quickly, hinting at the winter that will be here soon. All of the natural world seems to be in a state of decay.
I am today thinking of an artist Kj and I met when we were in Taos last May, Brandon Maldonado. I love the richness and playfulness his work brings to the mysteries of mortality and death.The now-prolific ceramic artist had another gift for me. When she gave it to me the other day I couldn't believe how timely it was--my heart was hurting. But she said, "No, Mamma, it's not a broken heart. It's your heart and mine. And sometimes we are apart and sometimes we are together...look how perfectly we fit together."
Pay attention today to the memories you have of those who have died...the way they lived, what they loved. Think of the essence of their being that you carry with you through your days. Let your heart wander back to the memory of how they looked when they smiled, the sound of their voice and the way it felt inside their hug. And think, too, about your own death, the footsteps you'll leave behind, the things you wish to do while you are here, still, enjoying the cloud formations and the ceramic creations.