I stumbled upon a great article in Yoga Journal Magazine today called Superpowered: Summon the spirit to make positive change by calling on Durga, warrior Goddess of Strength and Protection. Oddly enough, last night after watching Djengo Unchained, I told my husband that I wish I could find a strong female heroine to help inspire me and to guide my actions. I wanted someone to look up to and emulate. Then, boom! this article ends up in my mailbox today. Thank you Law of Attraction!
Goddess power is a real thing. I am not Christian so I remain open to all sources of inspiration and guidance that resonate with me, but for those of you who are worried about connecting with a “goddess”, never fear! We are not talking about worship, what we are talking about is accessing the archetypal qualities of these sacred feminine deities. I like the way the author in the article puts it,
“you may wonder why, as a contemporary yogi, you’d find it worthwhile to invite the energy of mythic beings into your meditation practice. The short answer is that these archetypal energies are catalysts. Meditating on deities like Durga, Hanuman, Shiva and Lakshmi can call forth specific powers and qualities within you. These sacred powers come to you from beyond our limited ego and can help you meet challenges, open your heart, and transcend the ordinary…Goddesses are especially potent, since they personify Shakti, the subtle feminine force that enlivens the world, often considered the power behind spiritual growth. So practicing with the stories and mantras of one f these scared figures can literally invite transformative energies into your life.” – Sally Kempton
If this intrigues you I encourage you to checkout this article as well: Goddess Power. If Durga feels like she might help you too I encourage you to read about her and try this meditation with me. I plan on giving it a shot this week! Namaste and good luck fellow Goddesses!
CALL ON DURGA
Try this practice when you want to channel the fierce, protective energy of the goddess.
1. Sit in a quiet place with a journal and something to write with.
2. Become aware of the Durga Shakti as a shimmering presence around you. You can visualize her seated on her lion (though sometimes she rides a tiger – see which animal feels right to you!). Her dark hair streams over her shoulders. She wears a golden crown, a scarlet silk sari, and golden necklaces, rings and bracelets. See her magnificent arms, strong and bristling with weapons: bow, sword, trident, mace, discus. See also the lotus she carries.
3. Offer your salutations to her. Ask her, “What is the major inner obstacle I have to face now? What do I need to let go of? What should I be paying more attention to?” Or, ask her for guidance in a decision or for the strength to stand up for something you know is right. Close your eyes and ask the question in your heart.
4. Begin to write. Let the writing come naturally, without thought. Keep writing until you feel there is no more to say. Look over what you have written.
5. Offer the obstacles to Durga, saying, “I offer this to the Durga Shakti, asking that your grace dissolve all obstacles, inner and outer.” Now, with an inhalation, feel that you breathe in the goddess’s energy. Exhaling, feel that you breath it through your body and into the world. When you come out of meditation, see if you can move with the feeling that you are walking or moving with the power of the Durga energy. Walk with the sense that Durga is walking. Speak with the sense that Durga’s power comes through your words. Notice how you feel when you let yourself be filled by the energy of Durga.