“And yes, I still am terrified every day. Yet fear can be love trying its best in the dark. So do not fear your fear. Own it. Free it. This isn’t a liberation that I or anyone can give you — it’s a power you must look for, learn, love, lead and locate for yourself.”Amanda Gorman

The last two years have been challenging, to say the least. We have experienced so much uncertainty, and fear seems to be a constant companion. Many have collapsed into fear and let it control their lives, while others have done their best to deny they are even experiencing it. For those who deny it, this most basic of emotions doesn’t go away but festers and then is expressed as anger, depression, or avoidance through food or mind altering substances.

 

The myth of Akhilandeshvari exemplifies finding strength and power through her fears. She is known as the Never Not Broken Goddess who is always fragmented and falling apart. She reflects when things in our lives begin to fall apart, either internally or externally, or both. But what is intriguing about her is that she derives her strength and power from not being all-together. It is through the cracks of her brokenness that she can delve deeper into her heart to see her authentic self and be open to whatever comes next.

In visual representations of the goddess, Akhilandeshvari is depicted riding a crocodile. That crocodile represents our reptilian minds where our fear originates and resides. Instead of being controlled by her fear or running from it, she rides her fear down the river and uses its power to navigate the waves.

But what if we could face our fears? What if we could find strength and power through our brokenness? Yoga can help us do that through an asana practice, through breath work, and through meditation. Sattva Yoga is nearby, ready to help you ride the waves of life.