What a stressful year this has been! When life gets challenging I try to look to the teachings of yoga for wisdom. Lately, I have been reflecting on Shiva Nataraja, The Cosmic Dancer. This icon is a symbol of our yoga practice and has a lot to offer us in terms of how to engage in the world.
Nataraja represents Shiva dancing the universe into existence. And the Nataraja represents you, dancing your life into existence. Within the dance, the cosmic dancer performs five acts, called Pancha Kritya. The first three of these acts are creation, maintenance, and dissolution.