I was thinking this morning on my hike that I love the word namaste.  Generally those who say the word namaste are of a spiritual nature.  Those who say this beautiful word generally hold their hands in a prayer position, they offer a slight bow signifying a sign of reverence for one another.  I did some digging and I found that the word “Namaste” comes from the ancient language of Sanskrit and it means “I honor the place in you which the entire universe dwells.  I honor the place in you that is love-of truth and peace.  When you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, we are one.”  The shorter, westernized version of the definition of Namaste might be  “The divine in me honors the divine in you.”  I like the idea that one word, when embodied, can speak so loudly that no lengthy definition or superfluous words are needed.  When I observe someone who understands the true meaning of Namaste, it becomes obvious to me that the word evokes a deep sense of inner peace, great reverence for another and of course loving-kindness.

We know that words are only symbols and that words themselves have no power; the power to transform comes from the intention, feeling, and conviction behind the word.  Saying Namaste to others would be useless unless we can first look into the mirror and say it with sincere reverence and loving-kindness first to ourselves.

Try this week to live in a true Namaste consciousness, see the divine in you and in others…journal about your experience!

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