This week I’m actually going to make you do something again…yes, I know, work, it’s so taxing. But proper meditation isn’t always just sitting in a lotus position and chanting mantras. The good news is, however, that all you have to do this week is say a word.
Why this word? Well if you’re in India it’s pretty much the standard greeting, “Hi” “Hello” and for practical purposes has lost a lot of it’s philosophical value. However if you break the word down into it’s Sanskrit origins you will come up with something more along the lines of “the spark of the divine within me recognizes and bows to the spark of the divine within you.” (Okay literally it’s closer to “that within me bows to that within you” but if you look at how it was originally my translation is more contextually accurate).
“The spark of the divine within me recognizes and bows to the spark of the divine within you.”
What does that mean and why is it relevant to the 4th chakra? Well, the 4th chakra is about connecting to other people, it’s about love, compassion, friendship–in other words our connections and relationships with everyone. And why do we have these connections? Because there is something worthy of being loved within those people with whom we have relationships with.
The funny thing is that there is something worthy of love in everyone (yes, even that person you hate…I know, I know, they’re a complete ass and probably deserve to be punched in the face, repeatedly, but follow me on this…). You and everyone else has a soul. That soul is literally a part of God, it is perfect, it is divine. It is who we really are if we could just strip away the layers of fear, self-deceits, and lies we have built up over the eons, deep down there we are all divine beings. And the quickest way to recognize that about ourselves (and thus let that part of ourselves shine) is to recognize it in others. Namaste.
Every person you see this week. Every person you talk to, pass in the halls, see on the road, in the store, a the gym–everyone–I want you to repeat to yourself “Namaste.” Everyone. Doesn’t matter if you love them, hate them, don’t even know them. Namaste. Remind yourself that everyone is divine and worthy of love…and that you are too.
te them, don’t even know them. Namaste. Remind yourself that everyone is divine and worthy of love…and that you are too.