What does Memorial Day mean to you? This U.S. holiday falls on the last Monday of May each year, and was originally known as “Decoration Day,” a day when families would decorate the graves of fallen soldiers. Today, for some, this holiday means little more than BBQs and pool parties, as the official “kickoff” of summer. For others, this is a day to remember and honor the men and women who have served our country in the name of freedom. But if we look even deeper, what does Memorial Day offer us in terms of its metaphysical meaning?
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good barbecue and it’s exciting when the kids are out of school for the summer and a new season is upon us. But there’s always a part of me that can feel the pain each year of the families who have suffered a military loss and are missing their loved ones today. I can feel their sadness and grief mixed with pride and an attempt to be brave and keep going.
Historically, so much blood has been shed across our beautiful Earth. So much conflict. And Memorial Day arrives each year to gently remind us of those who have sacrificed their lives for something they believed is stronger than themselves.
When I check in today around the metaphysical meaning of Memorial Day, I am reminded of these core values, essential, no matter what you believe about who and what are right or wrong, no matter which side of the political fray you stand.
Courage. Commitment. Dedication. Passion. Fortitude. Bravery. Sacrifice. Willpower. Strength. Might.
Did I mention dedication? Yes, I’ll say it again because it’s that important. What are you dedicated to? What do you stand for, so strongly that you are willing to do anything to protect it? So often, we are weak-willed. We lack the fortitude to stand boldly and declare: THIS IS WHO I AM. We rationalize. We practice spirituality, metaphysics, and healing in secret.
Many people say they want to change the world, and yet they lack the courage to stand up and stand fully in their power and authenticity.
The purpose of this post is not to condone war. I don’t support polarity and conflict. But I do support the men and women who fight for what they believe is important. And I admire their strength and conviction. And most of all, what they are willing to sacrifice for what they support.
We can all learn something from that. And it may comfort you to know that we don’t ever really die. Our energy, our spirit lives on, from lifetime to lifetime. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes. And in this lifetime, you are free to choose who and how you will be.
Happy Memorial Day.