Namaste to All

Rarely do I link off my blog page to another article or blog.  So here’s a rare moment.  Here’s an article I can relate to.  And, no I’m not gay/lesbian.  What I am is a living example of what Darren Main, the author of this article, recommends.  How?  For years, I’ve walked the streets in the DC Metro area and I smile at people I don’t know.  I even say “hello” to strangers.  Why not?  It makes life a little easier, peaceful, fulfilling —I can add more adjectives but I would prefer you find your own by trying it.

Why not make someone else’s day a little better with a smile and hello?  Or simply, a silent Namaste?  What are you afraid of?  Strangers don’t bite.  Strangers aren’t strange.  They are just like you and me.  We’re all here together —why not honor that.  Even back in 2003 when I worked in the corporate world, I would walk the mile-long corridor at MCI in Ashburn (at least it felt like a mile), smile and say “hello” to anyone that passed by me.  I can still remember my colleagues saying “Wow, you know a lot of people here”.  I would respond “No, I don’t “know” them, I just said hello and smiled.”  My attitude was always “Why not?  We all work together.  The day goes by faster when you’re positive”.

Here are just a few excerpts from Darren’s article:  “Virtually every yoga class anywhere in the world ends with everyone bowing to each other and saying, “Namaste.” Simply put, it means, “The divine in me honors the divine in you.” Namaste is an acknowledgment of the innate worth inherent in every person you meet. It is also the acknowledgment of your own beauty.”

“As we bowed to each other and said, “Namaste,” I really felt it. Saying “Namaste” is a lot like saying “I love you” — if you say it out of habit, obligation or ritual it doesn’t mean anything. But when you say it and really mean it, a powerful energy washes through you and every cell in your body lights up.”

“And so, I offer you a spiritual practice. It is one that I have been working on since that night: to offer a silent Namaste to everyone you meet. The next time you are at the gym, smile at everyone, and not just the ones you want to sleep with. In a café give a nod to the person across from you. When you are at a party or club, try to notice everyone and see his or her value. After all, what good is your spiritual practice — be it yoga, prayer, meditation, or attending a church or synagogue — if you don’t learn how to say “Namaste” and really mean it?”

Thank you Darren.

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Greg on December 20, 2007 at 1:03 am

    At Texas A&M University, it was common practice to smile and say “howdy” to passer-bys. I still enjoy the practice today, since it usually results in a corresponding smile and “hello”. We all need a little pick-up from time to time, and even a Texas-style Namaste gets the job done.


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