Words have power. The use of words can bless us, empower us, create great things. They can also do the opposite, obviously. When I consciously CHOOSE to Create, to Empower, to Bless, I am very conscious of the words I use.
Most Yoga classes, mine included, are ended with the use of the word, “Namaste”. Like many words, it has several meanings, from “Hello” to “The Divine in me sees and honors the Divine in you.” With Yoga’s roots deep in the soils of Mother India, the word’s spiritual meanings have been adapted for use in practice. But it is more than a passive word. It is an action.
I SEE the Divine in you and I HONOR It! To really see something is much more than to simply lay eyes on a person. It is to notice them, to pay attention to them. To do that is not passive, it is active! To honor someone or some thing is to give special notice, extraordinary attention to that person. You are seeing this particular quality – Divinity- in a person, regardless of whether they believe it or not. Whether they behave that way or not. You are offering a true gift to this person by offering this attention. You are bestowing a Blessing on that person by seeing the Divine in them, telling them that they are worthy – dare I say Holy? – by simply being alive and part of the Divine.
With a greater understanding of what Namaste means, we move from a casual use of this phrase to a conscious, loving offering of Blessing. We Bless others by offering this attention to them. We say to them, “You have value in this world, simply by being a part of this Divine act called Creation”. We are Blessed in turn by having this said to us because of the meaning of the word. This Blessing should be offered freely; it cannot be transactional. We are part of the Divine regardless of behavior, and do not have to earn membership through belonging to any group other than existence.
Namaste allows us to recognize that we are all a part of Creation. While there may be “me” or “you” and “us” or “them”, we all came from “star stuff”, as Carl Sagan put it. The astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson says, “We are all connected. To each other biologically, to the Earth chemically, and to the Universe, atomically.” Namaste allows us to put our otherness aside for a moment, and show respect to the other part of the Divine that we are face to face with.
In these times of division and strife, consciously seeing Oneness with someone is a good thing. And to truly honor the Oneness in us all, we have to be able to say it to someone that we disagree with. Because we are all made of that “star stuff” – ALL of us.
REMEMBER – I AM seeing and honoring the Divine in ALL of Creation.
And So It Is!!!
~ Inspired by My Yoga Practice.
Peace, Grace, & Love,