Ganesha, the remover of obstacles, the archetype to call upon when you are about to embark on new beginnings.
I have Ganesha on my mind a lot these days. I recently sold my house, packed up my belongings and moved to a new state. All my choice and for a good reason: to be near family. Yet the fear, anguish and anxiety all these changes provoke will challenge any yogi.
All the things you are supposed to do to take care of yourself and more so in times of stress become challenging: drinking lots of water, eating well, getting enough sleep, daily yoga practice--even deep breathing can go out the window. Hand mudras became an easy practice: prana, lotus, gyan, anjali and most important Ganesha.
I do not have a job, my new residence is half the size of the house I left and my rent is higher than my house payment. I do not know any friends in the area. Yet when I removed those obstacles, there was nothing standing in my way. I see the importance of living close to those I love. I let belongings go. I am confident that I will find enough yoga teaching to make a decent living. I can pursue an endeavor to open a business combining my passions: a creative space for yoga and art. I could not conceive of doing these things had I not made such extensive changes, not stepped out of the way of obstacles blocking my path.
Just two weeks before I left, I did a photo shoot for the Yoga4allages project. The photographer asked that I bring some small object of importance. I chose a small brass Ganesha figure that my daughter placed above the entrance door of our house. I figured it would be immortalized in some of the photos at a time of change and then I would take it with me to my new home. At the end of the photo shoot I could not find Ganesha. I had at some point set him in the grass. Even though three people combed the area, the pocket Ganesha was lost to me. I decided he must have served his purpose and would later be found to remove someone else's obstacles.
Ganesha shows us pathways to happiness, inner peace, and success if we can get out of the way.
To practice Ganesha Mudra: