If there is one thing I really want to get across to my students and readers, it would be the meaning of namaste.
There is a lot to learn in the world of yoga and meditation. There’s a lot to experience and deal with in the world around us. There are infinite books to read, people to meet, thoughts to have. There’s so much to choose from that it’s no wonder we lose our way so often.
If you never find a spiritual teacher, never put any faith in any leader or healer, never take a yoga class or even sit for meditation, although all these things can have enormous benefits, if you at least know the meaning of namaste, you can start there and get just about as far as any other human being.
So, what does namaste mean?
A good, simple translation is, “The light within me bows to the light within you.”
Or there is always the very simple, “I honor the spirit in you, which is also in me.”
This is all built on the idea that we are all essentially the same, and that each of us is, at our core, divine. Now, I’m not a religious person, so I’ll let you decide what divine means. But there is something that animates us, something that has prompted us to exist, something that grants us consciousness and a drive to live. You can call it whatever you want, but once you connect with it and see it in yourself and others, it will change the way you interact with the world.
Dive beyond the ever-changing surface of desires and fleeting thoughts and find that place in yourself, and you will find that it is reflected in everyone you meet.
The more you can keep this truth in your sights and operate from this place of truth, the more your life will evolve toward enlightenment.