We are approaching the day between the Autumn Equinox and the Winter Solstice, called in the Celtic tradition Samhain (pronounced "sow-in"), and variously known as All Souls' Day, All Saints' Day, All Hallow's Eve, or Halloween. In the Mexican tradition Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd, and in the Hindu tradition this year Diwali, the Festival of Lights, falls on November 3rd (the new moon).
As we watch the last leaves fall from the branches we can sense that it is a time of endings, but as we plant the garlic and other bulbs in the ground we know that, too, it is a new beginning. The ancient Celts considered Samhain to be the first day of the new year just as the planting of a seed in the dark of the earth marks the beginning of the plant's life. That time spent in the darkness is sacred and much transpires before the seedling pokes its green head up into the sunlight.
This is a perfect time of year to nourish our dream seeds, to cultivate introspection and contemplation. Yoga and meditation can be supportive practices on your journey into the fertile darkness of this time of year. Visit my website to learn about new meditation courses, yoga classes, and retreats: www.saprema-yoga.com.