When I first heard the word Namaste I made an assumption that it was a greeting much like “ciao” or “cheers.” As it started popping up more more on our Facebook page, from a variety of friends, my interest in the meaning of the word piqued.
“Namaste means (that) I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the place in you of light, love, truth, peace and wisdom.” – Gandhi
Just as snowflakes and fingerprints are unique so is every person. Namaste recognizes and honors that individuality.
To the friends who shared this blessing with me I respond with, “Namaste” to you all!
What if we were all to honor the diversity that each person represents? What if rather than trying to elicit conformity among friends, relatives & co-workers we embraced and encouraged their uniqueness? How much better off would the world be if we developed the strengths that each person brings to the mix and together used them to make this a better world?
When we open our hearts to appreciate others for what they are rather than what we wish that they were we send out loving energy that makes this world a better place.
Here are a few Simple Steps to take when you are ready to honor every person you encounter:
- When you talk with someone do so at his or her physical level. If they are standing, stand. If they are sitting or kneeling do the same (if you physically can.)
- Ask for another’s opinion, ideas or thoughts and then listen to their response. Don’t interrupt. Repeat back to them what you understood them to say and in a way that conveys your appreciation. That doesn’t mean that you have to agree. It does however mean that you have heard a new perspective.
- Understand the nuances of “Namaste” and educate others. Use it and mean it.
Honoring every person that crosses our path as we are on our life’s journey just feels good! Nameste.