Mandira Srivastava is a transactional analyst and mediator at Awaken The Dance Within.
How did you remain centered during the pandemic? Did your spiritual practice anchor you through these trying times?
Saadiya, I view the Pandemic as a reset in the world.
I have been living off the grid and in my rhythm for many years now. Yes my spiritual practices, which I also teach, helped me stay centered and energised, as they always do. In fact, because I could not move out much I ended up working with lots more people and furthering my own educational qualifications. I also learned Spanish. The idea is to make the best of everything.
I celebrated through these times. The traffic stopped. The skies cleared up. More birds sang. People caught in the automaticity of life, were forced to rest and reconsider their existence.
Stops/ Resets are good to return to Consciousness.
I think dance is your main practice-whether it’s the sufi whirl, the Gurdfieff movements or Belly dancing. How do you think it helps in releasing angst?
Movement helps to shift and release energy. Done consciously, dance, or any other movement can support catharsis, including breathing exercises. I also practice Reiki, and counsel with Transactional Analysis. I am also a trained Trauma Release Therapist. All these methods allow for release of trauma.
I remember meeting you two decades ago and then having the privilege of meeting your spiritual guide. I find a lot of people being skeptical about not just religion these days but all kinds of spiritual healers. What are your thoughts on the importance of appropriate guidance?
I think when the Teacher is ready, the Learners will appear. We each attract the experiences we have chosen for ourselves. Accordingly, we experience who and what we do. I am blessed to have found wise guidance at a time I needed it, and privileged to offer it to others in my turn.
People often want quick fixes. To transform requires perseverance, effort and most importantly the wish to change. It means self discipline and the ability to leave the known behind. It takes courage.
Sometimes the Teacher is not ready sometimes the Learner!
As a single woman how do you navigate through Indian society, so cheerfully? What advice would you give people who get bogged down by expectations?
That would require a book! I think being self sufficient is crucial to navigating through any society. Self sufficiency, for me includes, having the courage to live my life on my terms, and in my rhythm and not letting others opinion of me matter, as much as my own opinion of myself.
‘ What others think of me is none of my business. ‘ My life is mine to co – create and celebrate. And as long as I am not disturbing others, I think I can do as I wish!
Favourite quotes or a song, you read or listen to on a hard day?
If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
If I am not for others, then what am I?
If not now, WHEN?
Passing Through….. Leonard Cohen
‘We are spiritual beings, having the occasional physical experience
Not the other way around’
( Not sure who all have said that)
To connect-Check out her Page on Fb- Awaken The Dance Within