We humans seem to be programmed to expect smooth sailing along the road of life. We often believe that our lives should be one straight walk from the cradle to the grave, unimpeded by obstacles or setbacks of any kind, when in reality life is much more like a dance in which we are constantly stepping back, winding around, and weaving through unexpected challenges and difficulties. In choosing how to respond to these challenges we define who we are. Do we give up in frustration as soon as things do not go our way? Do we rage against the unfairness of life? Do we sink into depression or turn to addictive behaviors in an effort to escape? Or do we face reality, keep moving, and do our best to determine what our new path will be?
Today marks the beginning of Navaratri, the nine-day festival of the goddess in her three forms of Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati that is celebrated in the spring and fall of each year. The first three days of Navaratri are dedicated to Durga, the remover of obstacles. How strong is your inner Durga? How do your yoga practices help you deal with the challenges and setbacks in your life? Come explore with us at a Navaratri sadhana, Sunday, 4 p.m., Hill House, Ruscombe Community Health.