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Community Well Monthly Theme: November

Ancestors :: Trees :: Leaves :: Composting :: Dormancy

Artwork by Joanna Van Der Hoeven

As the vibrant colors of October fade into the background and the air grows crisper, the month of November brings a unique blend of ancestral remembrance and the quiet transition of nature. This is a time when traditions intertwine with the changing environment, reminding us of our deep connections to both our ancestors and the natural world. Let's explore the rich tapestry of November, where ancestors, trees, fallen leaves, composting, and dormancy weave together in harmony.

Honoring Ancestors: A Time-Honored Tradition

The first week of November carries the legacy of ancestral reverence. Across cultures and time, this period was regarded as an opportunity to welcome the spirits of loved ones into our homes, creating a sacred space that warded off mischievous trickster spirits that may have lingered from the Samhain festivities. Inviting ancestors into our midst was a way to strengthen the bond between the living and the departed, acknowledging the wisdom, guidance, and love they continue to offer.

The practice of setting a place at the family table or speaking aloud to ancestors serves as a poignant reminder of the continuity of life. It's a gesture that keeps memories alive and fosters a sense of connection to those who came before us.

Trees: A Lesson in Dormancy and Renewal

Amidst the cultural practices of ancestral remembrance, the natural world paints a scene of transition. As the leaves fall from the trees, they blanket the ground in a mosaic of colors. This process of leaf shedding isn't just a visual spectacle; it's a vital aspect of trees' survival strategy. As leaves decompose on the ground, they contribute to the creation of nutrient-rich compost. This compost nourishes the soil, providing trees with the essential nutrients they need to thrive. Just as our ancestors provide us with a foundation of wisdom and experience, fallen leaves offer a gift of nourishment to the trees as they enter a period of dormancy.

Dormancy: A Time of Rest and Reflection

As November settles in, the trees' transition to dormancy serves as a powerful metaphor for the season of life we all go through. Dormancy isn't just a period of rest; it's a time of introspection and growth beneath the surface. Similarly, as we honor our ancestors and reflect on their legacy, we engage in a form of introspection that connects us to our roots and helps us navigate the complexities of our own journeys.

Finding Unity in Nature and Tradition

November weaves together the threads of ancestral connections and natural cycles. It reminds us that we are part of an intricate web of life that extends across time and the natural world. Just as trees cycle through dormancy and renewal, our lives are shaped by a continuous cycle of experiences and growth.

In this month of transition and reflection, we have the opportunity to draw strength from both our ancestors and the world around us. We can take time to honor those who paved the way for us, acknowledge the beauty of fallen leaves nourishing the Earth, and find comfort in the rhythm of nature's seasons. As we navigate this harmonious dance of tradition and environment, let's embrace November as a reminder of our interconnectedness and the enduring legacies that shape our lives.

To dive deeper & learn more check out our monthly theme meditation & journal prompt questions through our Wellbeing Membership below.

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