As September approaches, Hindus all over the world begin to prepare for Sharad NavRatri – nine nights to honour and celebrate Ma Shakti, the Divine Mother in her many forms and to be grateful for her bountiful gifts.  Shakti, this Divine Feminine creative power lies within each of us, within Mother Earth and all Her elements.  Let’s use these nine nights to cultivate and awaken Shakti within so that we can respect and honour Shakti in all.

To cultivate and awaken Shakti, this feminine energy within each of us regardless of gender takes discipline and requires us to live consciously. The journey to discovering our inner Shakti and Her role in destroying that which is preventing us from living as Shakti is active and conscious.

During NavRatri we read the Chandi / Durga Saptshati also known as Devi Mahatmya and sing Durga bhajans depicting the vanquishing of various demons.  We need to reflect and understand what these demons represent and the role of the Shakti energy in our lives.    It is only when we make a conscious decision and effort to awaken Shakti that we can destroy the demons within, balance our gunas of tamas, rajas and sattva to live from the heart and flow with Shakti and love.

Shakti lives in each breath, each cell and each layer of who we are.

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