In Ireland and other Celtic cultures, “samhain” [Sah-win] is celebrated on Oct. 31. Half way between the fall equinox and the winter solstice, this is the time of year that many believe the veil between this life and the next is very thin. While it’s a time for tricks, treats and laughter, it’s also a time for silence and contemplation. With “summer’s end” it’s a harvest thanksgiving, bonfires, maple leaves and pumpkins, as well as a time to remember those who have gone before.
Take a break from making last minute Halloween costumes, decorations and special treats for a short meditation, reflection, nature walk, or bonfire (woodstove and fireplace are fine). Below are some places to start: