Category Archives: Namaste

AtoZ Blog Challenge: This Week in Review: M, N, O, P, Q, R

I started this week by celebrating passing by the popcorn counter at the movies:

Managing an Appetite with Aplomb

Tuesday, I looked at the word and gesture, Namaste, which I receive as a gift:

N is for Namaste

Although Wednesday’s post was Optimal, the lack of comments mirrored the low energy I had at this point in the week. (I still like the post, though!)

Optimal: The Optimus Prime of Health

Thursday, I was speaking to myself about persevering with a number of things, and the concept resonated with others, especially writers who find it important to persevere with their writing projects.

P is for Perseverance

Friday, I tackled one of my favorite subjects, Questions. I neglected to give credit for that quote — it’s from Rainer Maria Rilke.

Q is for Questions

And, finally, Saturday I addressed the topic of Religion and what’s happening in my life in that area.

R is for Religion

Thanks for joining me for any or all of them and I invite you to check out any you missed. Stay tuned for more AtoZ posts this coming week!


N is for Namaste

The first time I stumbled into a yoga class and anxiously tried to match the motions of the teacher, I was all arms go here and this leg goes . . . here and, oh, how do i get my head over there? I was so relieved when the class came to a close. “Namaste,” she said. I recognized the word, but I didn’t know why I knew it or what it meant.

In the recent 21 Day Meditation Challenge on Perfect Health, Deepak Chopra talked each day about that day’s centering thought. He ended each day’s meditation time with a gentle “Namaste.”

I could sense that there was some sort of connection inherent in the word, but didn’t really know any more than that.

Google, here I come.
Imagine my delight at discovering a deeply respectful gesture and word that is all about connecting with the spirit of another.

I’ve long wanted a gesture that would become widely used and loved that we could use in traffic (for positive things!), or when seeing an acquaintance across a crowded auditorium, or to anyone with whom we would like to show respect graciously and without words.

(Of course, there’s already ONE gesture that is often used in traffic, but that one has a pretty different “feel” about it.)

Do you use this word or gesture? What would it be like to adopt it as your own? What other ways do you find yourself connecting on a deep level with someone?

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