“Namaste” means “the light within me bows to and honors the light within you.” It’s easy to say, but do you truly believe it?
The first part is believing that you have “light” within you. That there is something wonderful and good within you that overwhelms whatever darkness or smallness that you also contain. It illuminates your gifts and shows you how to use them to make the world better for everyone.
The second part is believing that others have this same light within them. They, too, have a core of goodness and generosity. They, too, are limited in their ability to live out that light by their history and beliefs. Our paths and gifts are all different, but we are all born with the ability to give and receive love and goodness.
And, finally, because everyone has this light, you aren’t superior to them. Your light isn’t more “enlightened” than theirs; it’s just different. That, in fact, their light is so visible to you, even if they don’t see or believe in it themselves, that you have the humility to acknowledge that you can’t see the future for yourself, let alone for them, and so you offer them the respect to choose their own path.
When we put our hands together in namaste position and bow our heads, we are really saying “I see you as you truly are: a person of light and goodness like me. We all fall short of living that out so let’s walk together on this path, encouraging and supporting each other as we use our gifts in the world.”