Growing up Catholic, it seems, was rich with Saints that could help you when times were rough. Saint Anthony, the patron saint of lost causes, seemed to be the one I turned to when things weren’t going my way. Nowadays though I prefer to think of the Hindu Deity Lord Ganesha.
The story of Ganesha.
Ganesha was the son of Parvati and his Father was Shiva. While his father, Shiva, was away from the Kingdom, Parvati gave birth to her son Ganesha. She asked him to guard her and that he did well until his father returned home. When Ganesha wouldn’t let him pass, his father, Shiva, cut off his head. His mother of course was beside herself and ordered Shiva to fix up his mess. She told him to go into the jungle and find the head of the first animal that was pointing to the north. Shiva came across and elephant and beheaded it. He then placed it on Ganesha’s head.
Ganesha is known as the remover of obstacles. If you have an obstacle in your path you can summon up the image of him and ask him to help you remove your stumbling block. Ganesha is also capable of putting an obstacle in your way should you require a lesson.
An obstacle or road block is something that prevents you completing your task or reaching your goal. You will meet many on your way, they could be partners, work issues, health or your own actions. An obstacle should be seen as a test of our willingness to grow or change. If we really want to do something then we can take each hurdle as it comes. If we don’t really want to do it then we will put obstacles in our path.
Excuses are plenty, I’m too tired, I don’t have enough time, I’m not flexible. These are some of the verbal obstacles I hear people put in their way before committing to a yoga practice.
We are always something though.
What is it that you want to achieve? What are the barriers in your way? Are they put there by you or others?
Practice for today: When you meet an obstacle on your path remember the only way over it is through it.