Namaste, honoring our shared life force

December 20, 2012
I like to think about what the world would be like 
if everyone could follow Shakespeare’s wise words:
Love all,
trust a few,
do wrong to none.
It might seem counterintuitive, this “love all but trust few,”
but it’s actually the kind of advice that saves us pain and hurt.
It’s entirely possible to love someone and not necessarily trust them.
That’s because loving someone means having the ability to 
see the God in them,
sort of like the Hindu greeting, Namaste,
which means
the god-spirit within in me 
honors
the god-spirit in you.

  “Hi, how are you?”
is a superficial greeting, most of the time.

Not so with Namaste, which is deeper, spiritual.
The Hindu greeting recognizes
that we share the same life force,
the same divinity.

“Share.”

Beautiful, isn’t it?
This is how we should be with the world.

Trusting?
It’s a little different.
I think we should always trust ourselves
but it’s a fact that not everyone acts in our best interests.
They may not MEAN harm.
Consumed with their own stuff, they may not be thinking of us at all.
It’s wise to give trust only when it’s been earned.
And if someone breaks that bond of trust,
it must be earned again.
Doing wrong is just plain wrong.
I know there are evil people in the world.
But most people wrong others 
out of fear or hurt.
Because they are unable to recognize that we share the same divinity.
What do you think?
{Oh, and bet you didn’t think that there’d be a way to link 
Shakespeare and Hinduism, right?}
3 comments on “Namaste, honoring our shared life force
  1. Anonymous says:

    What’s so funny about peace, love and understanding? – Elvis Costello

  2. Jennifer Comet Wagner says:

    You are so right. I wish we could trust more. And thanks for letting me know what Namaste means. I knew it was a greeting but didn’t know the real translation. Interesting.

  3. “And if someone breaks that bond of trust,
    it must be earned again.” This is the biggest truth of all. IT’s something I have worked to instill in my children.

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