From the Heart Summer Intensive 2011
Every class has their own story…
The definition of Namaste (pronounced na, ma, stay) is both a physical gesture and a spoken spiritual salutation, which is the recognition of the divine spirit (or soul) in another by the divine spirit in you.
The word Namaste translates simply to “I bow to the divine in you.”
The acknowledgment of spirit to spirit is represented by placing the hands together in front of your third eye and bowing your head then bringing your hands down in front of your heart
Performing both the Namaste gesture and saying the word Namaste at the same time can be done when greeting someone; however, in India the gesture alone means Namaste, so it is not necessary to say the word.
Namaste in Meditation
Namaste can also be used at the beginning of your meditation to help you go deeper into your divine heart center. By bringing the hands together at the heart chakra you access the flow of divine love and by bowing your head and closing your eyes the mind will more easily let go to the divine spirit of your heart.
Seeing others through the definition of Namaste will help you to see the true divine spirit in everyone. By doing so you are literally meeting them at the soul level. You look beyond the surface into the true nature of every being.
There a many other interpretations of the meaning of Namaste here are a few:
- The Divine in me recognizes and honors, the Divine in you.
- I greet that place where you and I are one.
- I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light and of peace.
No matter which interpretation you choose you should think of it as a divine blessing that honors sacredness and equality in everyone.
To teach is to learn,
To learn is to teach.
The greatest moment is when the teacher becomes the student and the student becomes the teacher.
Rose: Love, strength through silence, and passion for what we do in our lives.
Baby breath: Sweet beauty, humble and patient of our path, understanding what is in our hearts is our true beauty.
Sunflower: Energy of Summer but also boundless opportunities and being present and in the moment is how we become available to the opportunities that come.