It is the third day of Navaratri and last day of Ma Durga. May you be showered with her abundant courage, power and strength. Om Shanti*
A question via FB from Nina:
"Why does life always feel so hard/emotional during the nine days? I assume I'm not the only one who feels this?"
"You are not. This is a particularly potent time for me as well. My mother passed on the full moon just after the last Fall Navaratri, so this is an emotional time for me on many levels. I attribute the "sensitivity" to how thin the veils are. Navaratri is specifically timed (in the Vedic calendar) with how enlivened the Devatas are, how near the Goddess (shakti) is, how much we can touch/taste/see/feel/experience her abundance and power- inner and outer, in nature and within our own nature. Particularly right now, the planets are increasing this sensitivity- you might call it "heightened awareness." It can be painful or overwhelming, but my suggestion is getting embodied, using this sensitivity and emotion in a mental/emotional/physical/spiritual way with Body-centered Expressive Art Therapy techniques. Moving with these tides is essential. The pain comes when we resist our currents. I am asking my Self right now questions like: Where am I holding back? Why is my sadness and depression so heightened? Why am I resistant to moving forward? Where is this fear/anxiety coming from and what is it telling me? Then these are the tools I use (entry points) into my body/centered art therapy practice. A place to start the journey inward.... Check out www.Tamalpa.org as a Resource and also Daria Halprin's book The Expressive Body. Thanks for your question because, I think it's safe to say, many of us are feeling similarly and this is a very powerful time indeed."