“Walking, I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.” –Linda Hogan
Linda Hogan’s reference, in the quote above, to her ancestors while on a walk offers a profound invitation to acknowledge we “are the result of the love of thousands.” Giving voice to what indigenous elders from around the world have been saying for years, her message offers support when you need it.
As we approach the silly and scary fun that Halloween can bring, we also come to the time of traditions like Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), All Saints Day, and All Souls Day that honor the dead.
From a moment of silence to “call in” or honor the ancestors to lighting a candle for each loved one lost and remembered in the recent past, there are many ways to remember, honor, and feel the love of the thousands that have come before us or the ones that have left us too soon.
However you choose to celebrate over this week and next, may you open to the possibility that you truly are the result of the love of thousands. And may internalizing this wisdom forever change you.
A Good Ancestor
“Be a good ancestor. Stand for something bigger than yourself. Add value to the Earth during your sojourn.”
–Marian Wright Edelman
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