Marilyn Briant is the author of The Pax Principles, The Leopard and The Mouse, and Arms Out-Kiano Sees The World.
Yoga And Namaste
I have been doing yoga for over thirty years now. I do my own routine for an hour at home, three times a week. Before this I had a yoga teacher who taught a class in my community for a number of years. She was very good. The definition of good in my mind is she never pushed anyone to do more than they felt comfortable with.
She always cautioned us all to be careful and honor our bodies, which she said were the temples of our souls. She always finished the session with the word Namaste. And although I didn't really know what it meant, I always believed Namaste meant something like, “peace be with you.”
Meaning of Namaste
The truth is I never really paid much attention to what it actually was, until I found this meaning on an internet site:
"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.
That is when Namaste brought tears of joy to my eyes! I was and am still delighted with the beauty of that description, and also amazed by the truth it contains. And I love it because this single word provides me with an opportunity to give the most beautiful soul-centered blessing to others.
I remember speaking to my younger sister in the UK a long time ago. I made the call at 8:30 p.m. because she is a nurse and was on night duty at that time (1:30 a.m.) which would be a quiet period for her. It was wonderful to hear her voice. What was even more special was that she sounded really good. Despite the fact that it was the middle of the night for her, she was positive and happy. In fact, I felt during our entire brief conversation, she was coming from her soul-self. I finished the call by softly saying Namaste, even though I was sure she wondered what it meant, and just because I was feeling the true meaning of the word in my heart.
For the longest time, my sister refused to hear me talk about my growing spirituality or what I was discovering about myself and God/Love. She seemed to be confusing the God I was getting to know, with the religious One we were taught about as children. And it seemed that she did not want to understand or accept they were vastly different.
Still, I continued to share my thoughts and experiences whenever I felt her heart was open and slowly, ever so slowly she began to listen. More than that, I believe she came to realize just how much my spiritual journey was helping me. How the changes I was making were contributing to a greater sense of peace and happiness in my life. So she started to change her own beliefs and way of thinking and found it to be beneficial.
And over time, as I encouraged and supported my sister’s desire to improve her life and follow her dream of returning to nursing, I was able to sense a significant change in her awareness. It was also easy to see that by increasing my own understanding of the purpose and meaning in life, I was helping her do the same.
Spiritual Awareness and Namaste
Now as I look back over our lives, I can’t help thinking how amazing it is that in developing spiritual awareness ourselves, we contribute to spiritual consciousness overall! How through our acceptance of the truth, we increase the level of awareness everywhere. And, as changes in our own energy take place, we are positively affecting the energy of everyone we know! We are actually making the gift of spiritual knowledge available to our family and friends.
In fact, I think its true that ultimately we each have an unconscious but very real ability to spread our “knowing”. It is something that naturally happens. Through our spiritual awareness we raise the spiritual consciousness in the world. We encourage others to discover their own inner selves.
And that means we are all connected.
I love this! I love knowing that it doesn’t matter whether someone is spiritually aware or not, the loving energy contained in Namaste will still reach them. I love knowing that whenever I think or say the word, Namaste I am blessing all those I encounter. I love knowing that we are all one, and that this one simple word, Namaste is the beautiful, loving recognition of that!
manatita44 from london on November 30, 2020:
Indeed, we are all connected and Namaste is a very sacred word. We use so many of them casually in so many different faiths, including Christianity.
Some indians simply speak of it as a form of greeting, which it is for millions. A bit like 'Guru' which again is used to mean so many things!!
Our Heart must feel and know, that is the key. Nothing else matters. Well written article. Peace.
Virginia Allain from Central Florida on November 30, 2020:
Your explanation was quite helpful in understanding how meaningful this greeting is. Thanks for sharing your personal experience with us.