A surprising video, not by a yoga teacher but a pastor. It’s a great video that explains this term of mutual respect better (and with more humor) than I could ever. This simple practice that could transform the road rage and rush hour craziness. It could transform our world if, as Pastor Smith, we greeted each other by saying Namaste. Translated it means ” “The divinity in me salutes the divinity in you.”
How this Southern preacher discovered this Hindu term is a mystery but the meaning translates beautifully. I often offer a silent Namaste in thanks to others by bringing my hands, my palms together at my heart. With a smile and a nod of the head it speaks a much more than ‘thank you,” it’s an acknowledgement of the other person, respectfully. It may mean “I see you” to someone working at the checkout stand, while standing for long hours without much respect. It may mean a deep and resonating “Yes!
If the word appeals to you, consider developing your own way of using, of saying, of symbolizing ‘Namaste.’
Gratitude and Namaste
Namaste is acknowledgement but it’s also a way of giving thanks for divine presence in the world around us, especially those we interact with. Giving gratitude is not a selfless practice, for the benefits roll back in waves. A gratitude practice, say writing what we’re thankful for daily, brings a tide of awareness of the world around us. We start noticing things and that makes life much more interesting, more satisfying and fun.
So, Namaste! Thank you for sharing these musings.