For those of you that have joined me for class over the past month, you’re aware of the connection to Saraswati as we transition deeper into spring. Lately I have been feeling like my life is on hold and that I’m stuck on a branch while traveling down the Saraswati river. I hear my heart screaming out it’s desire for change/growth and see the next stop on my journey, but it feels so out of reach like I’m in a holding pattern that I just can’t get out of.
So what is the answer to this feeling? The answer is to be content with where I am at on my lotus flower and slowly moving down the river of dreams. As we all know, this is a lot easier said than done. How can we stay positive in moments where we’re burnt out and have had enough? This is the struggle we deal with when our journey is in transition, so my teaching is for us is turn to the flow of Saraswati.
Saraswati is a beautiful symbol of the divine mother and she is here to guide us by tapping into our creativity, spirituality, knowledge and the part of us that has the ability to create beauty. She represents the things we wish to create in our life and she is the wisdom to know that we need this space of holding in order to appreciate what she provides to us next on our journey.
Like the river named after her, she flows on her white lotus flower and plays her lute to create and flow through life. Her beauty is un-matched and she is hard to touch just like the things we want most in our life. She carries with her the knowledge to know what is to come and has the symbol of a book to remind us to continue to learn and explore in order to grow.
Also, she reminds us that we’re never alone on this journey, so she travels along with a swan and peacock. The swan is a reminder of the beauty in life above the water. That our journey is beautiful when we take the time to look around, but underneath we’re pedaling away or gliding along to create the life destined for us. The peacock is also a symbol of beauty but it reminds us to keep our ego in check. That we can love ourselves, show our beauty but also have to remember to care for those around us and not try to engage them on a path they shouldn’t be on.
I always turn to Saraswati in times of uncertainty and transition to remind me that life is a continuous flow of good times and bad. In these moments, she reminds us to take a step back into self care and that our journey will unfold in front of us. This is key for people in the arts who need inspiration or even for those who want to explore what their creative side might be.
Today take time to connect to your own flow and energy to see where you’re at on your journey this spring. Remember to feed and nourish your seeds now so they will be ready to bloom!
Chant: Jai Saraswati Ma (Victory to the divine mother of knowledge, arts, creativity and science)