Hindu Goddesses are powerful embodiments of the feminine soul, representing everything that is good about women and considered to be worthy of respect and worship. From Parvati the protector to Lakshmi, who is associated with luck, wealth and prosperity, the positive traits associated with popular Goddesses make them ideal role models for women of all ages and backgrounds.

One quality commonly associated with Hindu Goddesses is a pure soul - Goddesses are kind-hearted and caring, and said to be willing to offer help to anyone who needs it. This is something that can be difficult to implement in your own life as it is easy to become argumentative or put your own needs first when emotions run high or you begin to feel overwhelmed by stress. If, like many women, you would like to awaken your own inner Goddess and become more compassionate, loving and peaceful, then there are several simple and natural ways to do so.

One good idea is to make sure that you are getting enough exercise - exercising is a great way to boost serotonin levels, making you feel happier and more relaxed, as well as giving you an opportunity to work off any stress or anxiety. Some sports and activities, such as boxing, running, or ball games, will allow you to focus all of your energies and negativities into something positive and enjoyable. After just thirty minutes of exercise, you should feel happier and calmer, and feel prepared to tackle any situations that may come your way with a clear and positive mind.

Pushing yourself to do one good deed a day is an easy way to get into the routine of caring for others and putting your own needs into perspective. Whether you volunteer to work with the homeless or simply offer to do a household task for an elderly neighbor, once you realize how nice it feels to make somebody’s day better and just how easy it is to help others, you’ll find yourself wanting to do it more and more. Additionally, volunteering or offering help to strangers is a great way to meet new friends and make you feel more positive about your own life and struggles.

Taking the time to meditate and work through your own thoughts and feelings every day is both easy and rewarding. Sorting through your emotions and even writing ideas and opinions down will help you to see situations objectively and with a clear head which means that you will be calmer and more prepared to navigate through difficult conversations or make important choices. If you’re struggling to comprehend another person’s point of view then thinking about what they have said and their actions while in a calm and quiet environment may help you to see a situation from their perspective and feel more sympathetic and understanding towards them. Even if you don’t agree with other people, it is important to remember that everyone is different and to respect their feelings and opinions, just as you would like yours to be respected - if everybody felt, thought and acted exactly the same then the world would be very boring!

If you find yourself struggling to see a situation with a clear mind or just can’t seem to stay calm and relaxed then a gemstone may be able to help. Gemstones are popular for their natural and healing energies and abilities making them the perfect solution for someone wanting to live more like a pure-hearted Goddess. While there are many stones available, gems such as a Rhodonite, (which helps to balance energies and allow you to open your mind to new ideas) or White Agate (a purifying stone that neutralizes negative thoughts and feelings and leaves you feeling refreshed and cleansed) are highly recommended. Keeping these stones in your pocket or wearing them as part of a bracelet or necklace will allow you to benefit from their positive and supportive energies at all times.

While it is perfectly natural to get stressed or anxious and to put your own needs and feelings above those of other people, it is always possible to work on your personality and become more understanding, caring and kind. Hindu Goddesses are respected and loved because they embody the qualities and abilities that we all wish we shared. Taking time to relax, help others and clear your mind is an easy and rewarding way to channel your own inner Goddess and to make a difference to your own life as well as the lives of the people around you.

Anitaa - Bharata Natyam Dancer, CC BY-SA 3.0