Thursday, April 19, 2012

What is Namaste?

Q. You sign all of your posts with "~Namaste". What does that mean?

A. Namaste is used as an acknowledgement of the Divine spark and life force found in each person and the interconnection this creates among all things in the Universe. The word, pronounced nah-mahs-TAY, is accompanied by a slight bow and a gesture with the palms facing in front of the body and the thumbs pointing back to the Heart Chakra at the center of the chest.

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It is used as a salutation when meeting as well as a valediction upon parting. The word and gesture together mean "The spirit in me respects the spirit in you, the divine in me bows to the divine in you."

That's a whole lot packed into one little word and gesture!