“It’s important from time to time, to slow down, go away by yourself and simply be” Eileen Caddy.

As one year is ending and another beginning I like to clean the slate. Unravel. Ditch the heavy.  Release the unnecessary.  Leave space for the new.

Just after Christmas, I bow daily to my fresh start ritual.  For as long as necessary.  Sometimes 10 days, a month or even longer.

 walking + durga mantra + nature = fresh start

My cleansing ritual for a fresh start. It’s super simple.  And you know how I love simple.  Move your body, chant a mantra whilst surround by nature.  Now that’s perfect alchemy.

The combination of walking in nature whilst softly chanting the mantra, has a deeply soothing and nourishing effect, both physically, mentally and emotionally.  It aligns me to the elements.

Worries dissolve. Nature listens. Trust grows. Vibration is lifted.

And of course, a special thanks to the sanskrit words (of the mantra). Sending healing vibrational waves out into the universe and down into the core of my cells.  It’s potent alchemy in the making.

Goddess Durga’s Mantra:

This exquisite mantra has faithfully served me for the past 5 years.  She has never let me down once.  So, I’m sharing her with you today.

Close your eyes, tune into your belly and check in with yourself. The real you.  It may well be the ritual you are needing for this exact moment in your life.

Of course it’s worth mentioning you can practice this ritual anytime of the year. I certainly do.

Om Sri Durgayai Namaha.

Pronunciation – ohm shree dur-gah-yi- nah-mah-ha

Oh, and in case you’re not familiar with Durga, she’s is a much loved Hindu Goddess. aspect of Kali.

A protective keeper of your feminine shakti and inner heroine.

The Durga mantra calls upon this Goddess as a destroyer of negative forces and remover of obstacles in the maternal, material and spiritual worlds.”  Mother Maya from The Path of Practice: A Woman’s Book of Ayurvedic Healing one of my all time favourite books which many of you will already know.

Enjoy my gorgeous friends, and please do let me know your favourite rituals for starting a fresh in the New Year.   xox  Carole