Stories from the Heart

Bring Diwali into your Home & Heart (Nov. 4th)

Nov 02, 2021

Diwali, the festival of lights, is a highly auspicious time to invite Goddess Lakshmi, the deity of prosperity and abundance, into our homes and hearts.

Diwali always takes place on the darkest night in November, as it’s celebrated according to the Lunar Calendar. This year it falls on Thursday, November 4th.

Here are some simple ways to recognize & celebrate this joyful holiday.


Turn on all your lights and ignite candles

Diwali was the one time of the year we weren’t chided for leaving a light on - rather we were invited to turn on ALL the lights! What indulgence!

We also burned tea lights in the traditional clay deeya holders (in the image above). You can find these at a local Indian market, or of course, you can also use any candle. White candles are nice as they fill your house with purity & sweetness.

The glowing lights allow Goddess Lakshmi to find your home and bestow all her blessings of abundance and hope on you and your people.


Perform a puja (prayer ceremony)

  1. On a beautiful plate, place a few candles or deeyas. Rest this plate on a small table or on a ceremonial piece of cloth on the floor. Adorn the plate as you wish - flowers, marigolds, coconut, fruit, stones, crystals, sage, etc.
  2. Place your favorite sweets on the plate. This doesn’t have to be fancy! A bar of chocolate will do fine.
  3. Gather around this area. You can invite anyone and everyone for this puja.
  4. Close your eyes and place your hands over your heart. Take three deep breaths, allowing the exhales to empty you and anchor your energy to the present moment.
  5. Place an intention of abundance into your heart center. You can ask for financial abundance, abundance of love, abundance of health, abundance of healing rain for our earth. All is welcome on this special day. Choose your adventure.
  6. Release your hands. You can hold them in prayer position in front of your heart, or simply rest them on your lap.
  7. Chant the Goddess Lakshmi mantra 108 times. Follow along with the recording you can access here. Note: there is some wind noise in the recording as it was done outdoors.
  8. When you have completed the mantra recitation, pause to feel the illumination and joy inside and around you. Re-speak your intention, aloud this time, with faith and confidence.
  9. Enjoy the ceremonial sweets that have been blessed by your practice! Give thanks for your practice. You can leave the candles burning until they extinguish themselves.

Note: If you aren’t free to perform the puja on actual Diwali, you can take until Sunday, November 7th, and still experience the benefits.


Listen to a Diwali-inspired yoga nidra

If you prefer a simpler ritual, carve out 30 minutes in your evening to listen to a Diwali-inspired yoga nidra meditation. Download the yoga nidra here

Yoga Nidra, or yogic sleep, induces profound physical, mental and emotional relaxation. As the relaxation deepens, one moves out of thinking consciousness and into a waking dream state, where the unconscious and subconscious layers of mind are accessed. This state has been shown to be a powerful tool in spontaneously accessing intuition, stores of self-knowledge, and creative inspiration.

This meditation is practiced in a comfortable laying down position in a dimly lit space. Yoga Nidra is fully guided, inviting one to release all effort and simple 'be' for a period of time.




May your light always shine bright!
~ Shruthi



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