Ganesh Chaturthi: Removing obstacles

Life provides daily obstacles, both large and small: work obstacles, relationship obstacles, financial obstacles, mental obstacles, political obstacles.

The list can go on and on and on.

Well, happy Ganesh Chaturthi! Ganesh Chaturthi, celebrated this year between Aug. 25 and Sept. 5, honors Ganesha, who, according to some stories, was created to put obstacles in the path of demons. A great way to observe this holiday is by meditating on obstacles and working toward the inner strength and courage to remove your own personal roadblocks.

Cassandra Benning, owner of The Floating Lotus, does not subscribe to any specific religion or spiritual path. “I find celebrating many sadhanas or practices can bring you closer to the Divine and closer to different cultures,” she says.

“I have recently learned about the Muslim holiday of Ramadan from neighbors, and have even celebrated Lent,” Cassandra says, noting that fasting or giving up something is cleansing. Ganesh Chaturthi, part of the Hindu tradition, provides a great opportunity to learn to let go, she adds: “It’s wonderful to work on removing obstacles in your life.”

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