Friday Inspiration – Namaste

Of all the cultural greetings I’ve experienced, I think “Namaste” is my favorite.

One presses one’s palms together, in front of the heart chakra, fingers pointing up in a hopeful manner, bows slightly, and utters a single word. The greeting is often done silently, with just the physical gestures, because people understand the meaning. Sometimes eyes are closed, sometimes not. Some people smile, some don’t.  In any form, it is a very personal and intimate expression to another person, without handshakes, hugs or any other form of touch.  It acknowledges the notion of a divine spark close to our heart. It incorporates humility. It is both a hello and goodbye.

The interpretive translation is lovely: “I honor the place in you in which the entire Universe dwells.  I honor the place in you which is of Love, of Truth, of Light, and of Peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, we are One.”

More than any other greeting I know, the feeling of Namaste is of mutual respect, caring, hope, peace and love.  Of wanting each of us to be our highest and best selves.  Of witnessing and honoring the divinity within everyone, no matter how we experience that.

Namaste – and have a good weekend!


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