We all know when we feel grounded and we all know when a piece of our lives is shattering, so why do we continue to grasp? Why can’t we just listen, hurt and let go?
Durga is the Hindu Goddess of emotional strength and protection. I first learned about her a few years ago in Sally Kempton’s ‘Awakening Shakti,’ a book about the Tantric Goddesses and how bringing them into your life can transform your life. (A great read for Yogis, Meditators and Tantrikas!).
I began doing visualization meditations on Durga when I needed an emotional boost or when I was wavering on a tough decision and then last July, I experienced the following meditation:
I was in Durga’s garden, surrounded by wild flowers and towering mountains, meditating on the rim of her fountain and she gestured for me to come in the water with her. She started talking about the water and that life is about balance and that we all know water’s current can destroy, so it’s about being grounded, steadfast in the flow, but also the ability to go with the flow. I asked when to know the difference – when to hold on and when to let go. She said when you can feel the ground beneath you begin to shift it’s time to just go with it.
This meditation came at a time of heartbreak last July…I was feeling the shakiness of the earth with a certain someone many months before, but I held on tightly where I should have let go and because I was grasping, it felt like my earth actually cracked – I didn’t go with the natural order of things. The scary thing is that I knew I had to stop clinging (I teach this for goodness sakes!), but when someone tells you they love you and they’re going through a hard time, you believe them. The truth is that if someone truly loves you, they wouldn’t hurt you, ignore you or try to make you feel guilty for their shortcomings.
My writing this is to remind you to trust yourself and the solidity you feel when your life is on track, to listen deeply to your soul and when your ground is starting to shake, let this be the time to go with the flow, lose your ground and it will hurt less in the end. I PROMISE.
This was my light bulb and I hope it helps illuminate your path.