Tuesday, August 14, 2012
A few of you have written me and asked why I end my blogs with the word “Namaste.” I thought I’d collect my thoughts and share with you the meaning the word has for me.
The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another. Namaste literally means “I bow to you." On a much deeper and personal level, when I bow to you I honor you as a creation of the Divine, just as you are, right now, no strings attached. It means I do not desire to change you or mold you or create in you anything other than what is there. I honor you as are you are, as you exist, in the present. When I bow to you I acknowledge there is no past or future, only the now.
That’s easier said than done isn’t it? I ran across a saying yesterday that I used as my status update this morning: “The mind creates the chasm that the heart bridges.” What prevents me from honoring you as I should is that nasty “P” word. We only whisper it. It’s not politically correct, you know. Some people will tell you it no longer exists. The word is prejudice. We all suffer from it but most of us won’t admit it. Most of us churn through life chanting a mantra that we accept everyone as they are. We very well may accept someone but do we honor them as they are? Do we bow to the Divine spark inside of them; acknowledge that God exists inside that creature we feel may be the work of Satan himself? Our prejudice manifests itself in all shapes, sizes, religions, colors or preferences. It is never grounded in reason or rationale. It is the most difficult emotion we will battle in our lives.
My solution is to honor the Spark of the Divine in each person. When I greet them I remember that no matter how much I may disagree with what they do or who they are; that if I truly call myself a child of that amazing and loving God, I will fold my hands at my heart and bow slightly as I utter that word. Sometimes the gestures are done silently. Sometimes they are done to remind me that whether I choose to believe in it or not you and I are connected to each other by God. I have no choice to honor that if I choose to embrace love. I must love you in return. That is often difficult. Each of us has a mirror in our minds eye that tells us what we are supposed to be. Each day, we look into that mirror and begin finding our faults and flaws. We compare ourselves to other people and usually find ourselves lacking. That’s when we begin to find fault with other people in an attempt to make ourselves feel better. It doesn’t work does it?
We stand perfect and complete before our notion of the Divine each day. I work each day to see that in each life that touches mine. Whether you are slender or obese, young or old I say to you my dear one: