There is spiritual power in the practice of Namaste.
Namaste is an ancient Sanskrit word that is an expression of veneration, worship, reverence, an “offering of homage” and “adoration”.
Although it literally means “bowing to you”, it is commonly interpreted to mean “I bow to the divine in you” or “The Divine in me honors the Divine in you.”
Namaste is usually spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest.
Using Namaste can be a very sacred practice. Rev. Robin Reiter in the Unity booklet, How Gratitude Changes Everything, listed the three components to the practice.
Three key components to the practice of Namaste:
First, we come from a place of understanding that we are made in the image and likeness of God and that our true essence is Divine.
Second, we recognize that truth for another.
Finally, we not only recognize that truth but we act accordingly. When we come from a consciousness of Namaste, we seek to honor, to bless, to appreciate, to serve and to love others.
I find it beautifully healing when we observe and practice Namaste. I see the holiness, the sacredness and the beauty in life around us. The illusion of separateness is shattered when we honor each other in such a magnificent way. When we are joined together in oneness, only beauty resides.
How can we practice the power of Namaste in our daily lives?
Practicing Namaste is being mindful in the present moment. When greeting a person or situation in the fullness of Namaste, you are stopping to acknowledge the oneness and presence of Spirit in that exact moment.
We can stop arguments, misunderstandings, and miscommunications in seconds when we stop to acknowledge the unity of oneness within each of us. Honoring someone as one with the Divine brings out the love and respect we have for one another.
What a beautiful way to live!