The Wellness Lessons from Lord Ganesha

The Wellness Lessons from Lord Ganesha

Lord Ganesha, together with his iconic and endearing form, is loved by endless individuals throughout the globe. While he is celebrated as a guiding deity that clears hurdles, there is much more to know about this beloved deity. Through his precise capabilities, and the tales surrounding him, Ganesha offers clean-to-hold close, ordinary instructions for a fulfilling existence.

His wisdom transcends the ages and holds the keys to prosperity relevant even in our modern world. Dive in with me, and I will uncover those indelible details that can sprinkle a bit of Ganesha magic into our daily lives.

1. The Large Head – Broaden Your Perspective:

Lord Ganesha’s massive head symbolizes the vastness of knowledge and mind. It encourages us to think big, increase our horizons, and be open to new thoughts. From a wellness attitude, it reminds us to constantly nurture our minds, be it through analyzing, meditation, or mastering new skills.

My understanding:

Many of us are not open to new thoughts and create a barrier with others leading to undue conflict. We need to improve our thought process and also give importance to what others think. It will help to maintain a cordial relationship with others. Differences in opinion may be there, but intelligent decision-making skills will help us to maintain mental wellness.

2. The Small Eyes – Focus and Concentration:

His small, sharp eyes teach us the importance of recognition and awareness. In today’s world, where distractions abound, developing the ability to observe can improve mental health and productivity. Mindful practices like meditation can be mainly beneficial in honing this skill.

My understanding: 

We are losing our focus in life as we are failing to concentrate on what we are doing. We turned mechanical in our life losing the spark of emotion. We must focus on things we do with love and passion. The power of observation is very important for our awareness and we need to work to improve our concentration level.

3. The Large Ears – Listen More, Speak Less:

Lord Ganesha’s large ears characterize the significance of energetic listening. Goodness is about being happy, healthy, and genuinely listening to others. Patient listening helps you make friends, understand others, and become more caring and compassionate.

My Understanding: 

In a hectic lifestyle we forget that we need to be patient listeners. If we don’t listen to others, people will also not listen to us. The situation will be more chaotic and stressful and lead to emotional breakdown. Keep your ears open to know what’s happening in your surroundings and act accordingly for a healthy and happy life. Understanding other’s emotions is equally important as yours for emotional wellness.

4. The Broken Tusk – Embrace Imperfections:

One of Ganesha’s tusks is broken, symbolizing existence’s imperfections and demanding situations. It teaches us resilience and adaptability. Rather than striving for unrealistic requirements of perfection, include your flaws and research from demanding situations. They can help you grow and become better.

My understanding: 

 There is nothing called perfection as no one is perfect in this world. We all have some other imperfection in us. We should not try hard to be perfect in others’ views. Work on your areas of expertise, and it will help you showcase your talent by overshadowing the imperfection, if any.

5. The Trunk – Adaptability and Strength:

One of the most unique features of Lord Ganesha is his trunk. It’s robust enough to uproot a tree but additionally agile enough to pick up a needle. This duality embodies adaptability and energy, essential for our emotional and bodily wellness. Flexibility in mind and power in convictions can lead to a balanced lifestyle.

My understanding: 

 We need to be adaptable in life with time. There will be several challenges in life, but our power to adapt will define our future actions.

6. The Mouse Vehicle – Control Your Desire:

Mouse is Ganesha’s vehicle that represents our dreams. Ganesha’s authority reminds us to gain control over our desires.

My understanding:  

Our desires are endless and with no end. If we don’t know how to keep control of our desires, it will take charge of our mind, body, and soul. Having control over desires will shape our future better.

7. The Large Belly – Digest All Experiences:

Lord Ganesha’s massive belly represents his capability to ‘digest’ all good and negative things. Life will make us experience various emotions in life – pleasure, sorrow, triumph, and disasters. Our well-being depends on embracing these experiences, learning from them, and moving forward gracefully. Gratitude is very important to embrace the good and eradicate the bad from life.

My understanding: 

 If you are disturbed emotionally due to things that can harm your wellness, it can bring more problems in life. Your health will be affected. You need to take care of your emotional and physical wellness to bring positivity to life.

8. The Lotus in Hand – Stay Pure Amidst Adversity:

The lotus is the symbol of purity and enlightenment, untouched through the murky waters it grows in. Holding it, Ganesha advises us to stay natural and uncorrupted, even in challenging situations. Spiritual and intellectual wellness often lies in staying genuine to oneself.

My understanding:  

There will be many ups and downs in life, but we need to take care that won’t hamper our genuine identity. Concentrating on intellectual and spiritual wellness will help to maintain our originality.

9. The Prasad – Reward for Hard Work:

The sweet treat (Prasad) in Lord Ganesha’s hand shows that when we work hard and stay patient, we get rewards. In a friendly way, it’s like saying don’t just work hard, but also take out time to celebrate and enjoy the success. Give your all, then relax and appreciate the good times that follow.

My understanding:

Only hard work is not enough to taste the flavor of success. You need time to enjoy what you earned from your hard work.  Working hard always pays you with time, so keep doing hard work with short breaks to enjoy your rewards.

10. The Foot on Ground – Stay Grounded:

The posture of Lord Ganesha with one leg raised and the other lying on the ground, shows us that no matter how successful we become, we must remain humble and balanced. Appreciation is important, and being humble is the key to a healthy life.

My understanding: 

 Don’t allow pride to take charge of your mind. Be humble even if you are successful to stay focused and grounded. Such a gesture will take you towards more prosperity and happiness in life.

Wrapping Up:

The teachings of Lord Ganesha impart valuable life lessons that are as useful today as they were long ago. It’s not just pretty words; They are practical advice for finding happiness and keeping our lives balanced. Therefore, it is best to keep this teaching in mind and try to apply it in our daily lives.

This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’
hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla in collaboration with Outset Books.