The Celebration of Navratri brings a period of cleansing, and honoring the feminine “Devi” or goddess.
Nine nights and ten days at the beginning of Autumn are set aside in places where Ayurvedic influence is still vibrant. This special time is called Navratri. It’s a time when the goddess energies are especially close and receptive to us. Durga is the principle form of the Goddess, also known as Devi and Shakti. She was the original left side, the feminine origin of all feminine energy. There is a lot of interesting mythology on the Goddesses of Yoga and Ayurveda, if you’re called to explore more.
Watch a video each day of the Celebration!
A friend and fellow Woman of Ayurveda, Shweta Parmer, has graciously accepted the task of vloging about Navratri each day of this year’s celebration. Please enjoy her first video, posted yesterday, here – and tune in for the rest as we continue learning and growing the female halves of ourselves with confidence and solidarity. Thanks Shweta!
From the exceptional book, Awakening Shakti by Sally Kempton:
Recognize Durga in…
- strong winds
- crashing waves and high surf
- the season of autumn, when the leaves turn colors
- all forms of bravery in the service of truth
- the will to battle
- powerful leaders who take groups through a crisis
- feelings of triumph and satisfaction after doing something difficult
- strong foundations, whether cultural or physical
- upheavals that lead to new forms of culture or government
- courage that comes from the heart
- the impulse to protect
- measured risk-taking
Invoke Durga for…
- physical, mental, and emotional strength
- personal empowerment
- standing up for yourself in an argument
- starting a project and getting down to work
- completing a project
- willpower to create positive habits, such as eating healthy foods, getting exercise, or sitting for meditation
- help in challenging situations, such as getting your kids to do their homework, chairing a meeting, facing a difficult boss or coworker, litigating, keeping your integrity under challenging circumstances.
- taking care of you in bad neighborhoods or situations
- rescuing someone in trouble
- protecting other people
- ending relationships
- political power and savvy
- fighting for justice
- facing up to (and facing down!) the negative side of your own ego.
Why bother you might ask? Why care about what some people did halfway across the world, centuries ago?
From my experience, growing up without many meaningful traditions, religious or otherwise, I long for ritual. I think many of us do. We long for the opportunity to stop and give thanks for our lives in a meaningful way. Our ancestors, our histories, our heritage and culture has become a blurred mist. Like a finger painting that started out with many vibrant colors, but got swirled around and mixed up too long. I don’t think adopting meaning from other cultures is necessarily bad, depending on how one does it. This blog post is not about cultural appropriation, but inspiring us all to take time to be mindful. Why not use this beautiful celebration of Navratri to invoke the goddess energy inside, to create good?
Stay tuned – More Ayurvedic Wisdom every Wednesday.
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