Namaste: The Divine in me recognizes and honors the Divine in you. I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the light, love, truth, beauty & peace within you, because it is also within me. In sharing these things we are united, we are the same, we are one.
“Namaste” is a word that is used to greet people in the Indian culture. I love the meaning of it. When I meet and interact with people around me, especially people that I have difficult relationships with, I try to say this to myself as a prayer. In doing so, I remember that just as I have a Higher Power, so does the other person. I can honor and trust that, and in doing so, I can relieve myself of my need for control over the other person and I can have acceptance. “Namaste” reminds me that just as I am human and a part of the world with my own past and on my own path, so is the other person. When I can respect that, I am able to relieve myself of my tendency towards judging others and I can have compassion. Saying “Namaste” also reminds me that inside me is the potential and need for love, light, and serenity, just as there is in the other person. And when I realize there is this potential and need in both of us, I can relieve myself of my fears and defenses against the other person and I can give and receive love. When I say “Namaste,” I am reminded of all of these things and, in that moment, I can accept, love, and respect other person just as I am able to accept, love, and respect myself. When I do this, I am connected to Higher Power and I recognize that the other person and I “are united, we are the same, we are one.”
A meditation for July 18, 2013.