I spent the weekend before my birthday studying the Devi Mahatmyam and meditating on Divine Consciousness with two wonderful and wise teachers. They guided us through some stories from the Devi Mahatmyam, described qualities of the Divine, and guided us in love-filled asana and pranayama sessions. The retreat, held during the first three days of Chaitra Navratri, opened a space for deep feelings and fears to surface and to be held in love.
The first three days of Navratri are Kali’s days; I often experience them as a time for a lot of churning, realization, and sharp breaking of attachments to occur. At this retreat, sheltered among so many deep-hearted women, Kali had her merciful way with me; a lot of pain and love arose to the surface like logs in a raging river and was gradually swept away by the current of consciousness.