Ganesha is the son of Shiva and Parvati. He is an elephant-headed deity that is worshiped in India and many parts of the world. Daily routines, opening of new businesses, the start of a journey, and even an exam are preceded by a prayer to Ganesha. It is felt that he is the remover of all obstacles and before all endeavors it is important to seek Ganesha’s blessing first.

I begin each of my meditations with an invocation to Ganesha. The chant I repeat is Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha (I offer my love and devotion to Sri Ganesha; please grant me success in my noble endeavor).

Ganesha is a loveable deity and the image above is a statue of Ganesha that I purchased while in Kerala, India. This work of art sits on my desk as my protector and remover of obstacles. Each time I glance at Ganesha I am reminded to breathe deep and I feel at peace. No matter who or what you meditate, pray, or worship to, keeping a token nearby as a reminder of that devotion keeps one present and brings a sense of calm when needed.

Interested in learning more about Ganesha? Recommended reading:

The Little Book of Hindu Deities by Sanjay Patel

The Book of Ganesha by Royina Giewal