namasteThis year I’m trying yoga and meditation with mixed success: I tend to forget to breathe, I can’t fully stop the dialog on my head, I still get dizzy attempting some of the upside down positions, but I feel good and my stress level is under control. I love the air around the classes, how busy moms detach easily from their phones, and everything seems to slow down.

I truly admire the yoga instructors in my gym –even if I’m a bit jealous of their ability. Teaching can be a humbling experience, but they seem hyperaware, connected, and graceful, as if they are at a different level in the human evolution cycle. Their sweet and gleeful Namaste always makes me feel welcome.

I got curious and Googled Namaste. Wikipedia describes it as greeting of Sanskrit origin that means, “I bow to you”. It is used to express your gratitude for any assistance offered or given, and to thank the other person for his or her generous kindness. Several yoga sites describe it as a symbol of gratitude and respect between students and teachers. Digging further into spiritual development content, Namaste turns into beauty gushing out from our spiritual home. Namaste is true gratitude expressed from the memory of your heart. By expressing it, you allow people to connect with their roots, realizing that we’re one when the truth flows from within ourselves, remembering what it means to be one, present, and connected. You are grateful that the person before you is alive. And if the person is not nearby or no longer around but in your thoughts, you’re grateful that his or her heart crossed paths with yours.

I’m inspired to attempt my own way to identify with the term: Namaste is, “the essence within my heart bows to the essence within your heart”. It can be translated as “Thank you, my soulful lifelong mate”.

Buddha quote