I Surrender to the Goddess of Never-Not-Broken
My friend Vicki introduced me to the Hindu Goddess Akhilandeshvari, the Goddess of Never-Not-Broken.
She is the goddess of tumultuous change, of not knowing what is happening, and how you will possibly keep it together.
And that is where she gets her power. She shows us the opportunity that is being broken apart — by grief, by disaster, by worldwide pandemic, by shelter-in-place orders. This is an opportunity to reinvent ourselves, to break free from stagnant patterns, to say “hello” to a new way of doing things. To a new you.
“The Goddess Never-Not-Broken promises that the greatest magic is in the transformative moments: the heartbreak, the uncertainties, the pause before we hit the ground… and what we do with ourselves after we land.” (source)
The Goddess Akhilandeshvari rides a crocodile, which represents fear. She literally rides fear, using it as a vehicle to move through the world and to survive.
The Goddess Akhilandeshvari lives in a state of flux, constantly breaking herself apart and putting herself together again.
She is not the same today as she will be tomorrow. She is broken and she is not broken. All at once.
Just as this time we’re living in is. The pain of not seeing friends and family. The real fear for our livelihoods and the future. And the joy in the small moments.
I’ve found tremendous comfort in surrendering to the Goddess Akhilandeshvari within me. To ask her for her help.
And so we created a coloring page. Print it, color it, and send her a prayer. I believe she’s here with us, giving us strength.
I invite you to believe that, too. To ride fear like a crocodile through today and this week. Download now.
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