Party at the Graveyard.

Via David Romanelli
on Aug 23, 2012
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This is #20 of 108 Ways to Livin’ the Moment. Let’s take back our lives one beautiful, funny and delicious moment at a time.

#20 of 108: Party at the Graveyard

Graveyards have a spooky, scary stigma, but according to yogi Satchidananda, a graveyard is really a junkyard…a silly waste of space.

He explains, “There’s no need to be afraid of death. Laugh at it. Death means change of form, that’s all…The soul simply changes vehicles.”

Could it be true?

Many years ago I celebrated Halloween in Oaxaca, Mexico. They call it something different there—Dia de Los Muertos and it takes place every year on November 1 and 2.

Dia de los Muertos is considered a window where the spirits return to Earth and head to the graveyards.
Photo: Cea.

The gravestones become gorgeous altars (see above photo), and all fears and sadness surrounding death evaporate in this guitar-playing, tequila-drinking, two day extravaganza.

It is an annual reunion with “the Dead.”

Skeletons are the most common site during this holiday, but not scary skeletons, but rather skeletons dancing, playing and partying. This gives death a whole new life.

Prior to this experience in Mexico, I had the worst fear of death and especially of cemeteries.

But now, I see death as a mystery; maybe it is the end, but maybe it is a new beginning.

The “playful skeleton,” of which I have a sticker on my iPhone, is deeply symbolic: “The purpose of death…is to remind us to live.”


108 Ways to Livin’ the Moment: My New Book

Even if it’s just one, single moment in your day, that’s where the celebration begins.

My new book contains 108 suggestions for creating moments of joy, passion, laughter, deliciousness and naughty delights.

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Retreat with Me to the Desert…(Dec 6-9)

If this idea of a night sky speckled with stars sounds like just what you need…I’m leading a retreat to Sedona, Arizona. There is no starrier sky than one overlooking Grand Canyon country. Taking place December 6-9 at Mii Amo (rated #1 Destination Spa in the World by Travel & Leisure Magazine, this is a dreamy winter getaway to soothe the mind, luxuriate the senses and ignite the spirit! Visit here



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About David Romanelli

David "Yeah Dave" Romanelli has played a major role in pioneering the modernization of wellness in the United States. He believes wellness and feeling good is so much more than fancy yoga poses, green juice, and tight-fitting clothes. Dave launched his career fusing ancient wellness practices with modern passions like exotic chocolate, fine wine, and gourmet food by creating Yoga + Chocolate, Yoga + Wine, and Yoga for Foodies.  His work has been featured in The Wall Street JournalFood + Wine, Newsweek and The New York Times; and his debut book, Yeah Dave's Guide to Livin' the Moment reached #1 on the Amazon Self-Help Bestseller List. Dave's new book launches in Fall 2014 from Skyhorse Publishing. Check out his new show Yeah Dave! brought to you by Scripps Network, the people behind The Food Network, Travel Channel, HGTV, and more.  He is a current contributor to Health Magazine, Yoga Journal, and various other publications. Discover more about his journey on


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