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How I read this is as an existential reminder. Yes, most of the joys and abundance we experience in life are finite. Life, after all, will end. Yet, does that mean we shouldn't enjoy it while we're here? No, quite the opposite! It is a call to be mindful, to make the most of each joy while we can experience it :)
I sank into the stillness and silence of the Coffin, chanting Om silently with my breath, unmoving except for my fingers on the mala beads and my chest gently rising and falling with life. I felt as though I was buried in the earth, quiet and heavy around me. And yet, I felt the joy of touching those mala beads, the feel of their roundness beneath my fingertips. And I felt the warmth of the embrace of the Goddess, in whose arms I was wrapped and held.
Today, then, as I celebrate Imbolc, I will be mindful of the enjoyment of even the simplest of pleasures, of movement and breath and colour and sound. Of the light of a single candle, of the scent of fresh flowers, of the joy of sharing smiles with my loved ones, of the blessings of being alive!