Utilizing Myth to Cultivate Inner Power, Strength, and Resolve by Kimi Marin
As a strong woman who juggles the demands of the varied definitions of femininity, family, career, social and spiritual fulfillment you may often feel like a circus performer. Yet, unlike the colorful circus clown who can keep these balls in the air while riding a unicycle you may often feel like the bumbling clown whose balls are being dropped, left out, or forgotten.
When the challenges keep coming, and more balls go into the air, I think of the Hindu goddess, Parvati. She is a mother, a wife, and the ultimate feminine energy of the universe in which creative energy and manifestation derive. She is also the essence of you. When you connect with your inner Parvati energy you become more centered, focused, and cultivate unshakable determination.
Although Parvati is usually discussed in association with her husband, Shiva, her role as a householder, her ability to focus, and her resolve to go after what she wants makes her a perfect goddess for the working woman, particularly the working mother, to invoke in times of chaos, extreme distraction, and faltering confidence. Parvati is a symbol of strength and commitment. When you invoke her essence you are connecting to your power, boldness, and discipline.
When Parvati was a young girl she set her sights on Shiva, one of the cosmic rulers. Unable to win him over with her beauty and charm, she went into deep meditation for thousands of years. While in meditation her own yogic powers grew so strong they equaled those of Shiva. He could not help but notice Parvati since her own yogic powers matched his own. Ultimately, she married Shiva and, as the masculine and feminine powers governing the cosmos, they raised two children together.
In today’s busy world, there are a myriad of distractions that come in the form of social media, social engagements, family, career advancement techniques and personal development. When you get swept away by a distraction it is easy to lose yourself, compare yourself, and get trapped into a self-deprecating cycle. When you understand your own Parvati energy you realize that trying to hope, shortcut, or force a particular outcome is futile.
Parvati, who stood on one foot for thousands of years, asks you to look inside and do your inner work. She is the part of you that understands that your path, as complex and varied as it is, takes time and unwavering effort. She wants you to understand that you do not need to do everything nor does anyone expect that of you. As a mother, a partner, and the state of universal flow, Parvati energy tells you maintain your commitment to yourself but do so with kindness and patience for yourself.
Unless you are in touch with your strength at an intrinsic level, your success is ephemeral. Parvati asks that you remember, success is not when you land new clients, make a certain amount of money, are consistently amorous with your partner, or pick up the kids on time, if you are not already happy with who you are. Unless you already feel complete in the life who’ve already created, your self-value will only be temporarily bolstered with those external, and transitory, moments. Parvati did not win over Shiva because she was beautiful but because she developed her own inner resolve. This is what you do when you connect with the essence of Parvati — you draw upon the powers of tenacity and willpower to find the patience, time, and understanding for yourself so that you can fulfill your potential as a human, a woman, a mother, a lover, a business owner, an entrepreneur, and a friend.
Kimi Marin, a Portland-based yoga teacher, is the founder of Yogic Lore Flow, a yoga therapist, and freelance writer. Kimi has a master’s degree in literature, and loves to combine the power of stories with yoga. Kimi’ was featured in Portland Monthly Magazine, Origin Magazine’s Inspire Series, and was the featured ambassador for Ahnu Footwear June 2013. Her writing is published on several online sites including Yoganonymous and BeYogi.