(Previously Published on PaganPages.org)
It is an understatement to say that life for women is stressful.
Every day, we are called upon to play different roles in our lives. We are over-worked, over-stressed, pulled in ten different directions. Everyone makes demands on our time, simply because we are women and it is *expected* of us. As women, we also learn very quickly that the world is a dangerous place for us, simply because of our gender.
Daily, we experience a constant barrage of thoughts from without and within our own minds. This is called “monkey mind”, the constant chatter to which we listen and, once again, as women, it has more of a tendency to be negative and directed toward ourselves.
Women are the healers of the world; the nurturers, the caretakers. Unfortunately, we neglect to take care of ourselves. We go un-nurtured by the most important person in our lives – our own being. This needs to change.
Women are special and we have a unique perspective on the world that is not shared by men. We are ten times stronger intuitively than males. We are more in tune with our emotions, thoughts and feelings. We tend to forget that we are also powerful in ways that men are not.
Meditation can help us in all areas of our lives. It will help us to clear our thoughts. It brings clarity, it calms our nerves and helps us to eliminate the negative thoughts and feelings that we wish to rid ourselves of. As with any other spiritual path, it is a way of training our mind; and as such, it is not an easy or quick journey.
As a long-time teacher of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, as well as a Goddess-based Witch & Priestess, I tend to bring the Goddess into my meditation practice.
Ideally, you should have a designated place in which to meditate, set up with a small altar, incense, a candle, a representation of the Goddess of your choice. I change my Goddess altar depending upon my need. For music, find something that speaks to your spirit, or a Goddess meditation.
Let this be your time to nurture and take care of yourself. This is your special time in a place of serenity. The following can get you started with a beautiful and meaningful meditation practice.
Your candles are lit, incense wafting through the room. Sit comfortably in easy pose, cross-legged on the floor. If you are unable to sit on the floor, a straight-backed chair works well. You want to be comfortable, but it is important that the spine be straight.
You want to center yourself, to be in that moment, in that time, in that place. Bring your hands into prayer position at your chest, or you may simply rest your hands on your knees. Close your eyes and gently roll them up so that they are focused upon your third eye, that space between your eyebrows in the middle of your forehead. Begin to slowly and deeply inhale and exhale. Take your time, don’t rush through it. Really feel each breath; on your breath. Breath = Prana = Life Now, with each inhale, bring into your body a sense of peace, a sense of calm. Let it infuse your entire being, beginning with the heart chakra and working outward. With each exhale, release any stress, tension or negativity you are holding within your body, even that of which you may not even be consciously aware. Allow yourself to let it go.
If you are sitting with a particular Goddess, focus on Her and her attributes, things you might wish to bring into your life, or that which you may need Her help with.
You can continue this for as long as you are comfortable. If unwanted thoughts come calling, gently push them away and continue with the breath. The goal is to feel peaceful, stress-free. When you are finished, take several deep breaths while stretching your arms up to the skies. Be sure to thank the Goddess for her presence within your meditation.
One of my favorite Goddess songs to meditate to is called “Adi Shakti”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgTK1F677ig&index=1&list=PL_dIya2JbVnTkujuSpjPc-hZV6LbKSnTX
You can also try www.goddesshealing.com for some lovely Goddess Meditations by Mary Marzo, and www.spiritvoygage.com for Goddess-oriented meditation music, including the afore-mentioned “Adi Shakti”. There is some lovely Goddess music/chants out there. A quick YouTube search will bring up many from which you can choose. You can also check out Kellianna, or Jenna Greene.
I wish you joy and happiness in your meditation journey. Please do not hesitate to contact me at MysticalShores@gmail.com if you have any questions. I would be more than happy to help.