‘Namaste’ or ‘namaskar’ is the Indian way of greeting each other. Wherever they are – on the street, in the house, in public transport, on vacation or on the phone – when Hindus meet people they know personally or strangers with whom they want to initiate a conversation, namaste is the customary courtesy greeting to begin with and often to end with. It is not a superficial gesture or a mere word, and is for all people - young and old, friends and strangers. 'Namaskar' is generally designated respectfully to any elder.
In Sanskrit the word is namah + te = namaste which literally means “I bow to you” - my greetings, salutations or prostration to you. The word ‘namaha’ can also be literally interpreted as "na ma" (not mine). It has a spiritual significance of negating or reducing one's ego in the presence of another.
The reason why namaste has a deeper spiritual significance is that it recognizes the belief that the life force, the divinity, the Self or the God in me is the same in all beings. Acknowledging this oneness with the meeting of the palms, we honor the god in all people we meet.
Abundance vs. Scarcity
shared by Martina Protze
Have you ever wondered why some days you feel full of energy and confidence whereas other days you feel down, distressed and anxious? Does a thought sometimes cross your mind asking how some people appear very positive and happy and seem to master any challenge with ease?
You are not the only one who is having those thoughts and you may not yet have discovered all the sources within you which enable you to live your life to the fullest potential.
What does it mean to live your life to the fullest potential? What is the secret behind a positive attitude and going about things courageously? The answer is simple. The doing is not.
The seed is the thought or as Buddha would say “What we think, we become. All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything.” (Source: http://paidtoexist.com/7-lessons-from-the-worlds-greatest-minds/) Our mindset creates our reality. Whatever we pay attention to will pay attention to us. We ourselves attract the positive or the negative. Now if we hold such power within our thoughts why don’t we use them for what we actually want to achieve and which direction we would like to give our life’s. Why don’t we just focus on the things we would like to enter into our lives and how we want to be.
Every day we have the opportunity to choose: our attitude, our attention, our interaction with others, our accountability, our self-awareness. That’s the doing. We start all over with the beginning of each new day. It's not just about doing, but BEING.
Have a look at the abundance vs. scarcity chart for further insights into both mindsets.
Reality may be like radio
By Andre Lyons
Ever think about all that may be going on around us, which we are incapable of perceiving due to our limited senses? Take for instance, sound. Sound exists in an infinite range of frequencies, an infinite spectrum of pitch. A dog, which has a sense of hearing far more advanced than ours is able to pick up on noise that is too high in pitch for our own hearing. A simple proof of this is the dog whistle. Although we as humans are physically incapable of perceiving this piece of reality, we can’t argue that it does exist! So, imagine what else could be taking place all around us, all the time, and right in front of our eyes, that we are just incapable of perceiving. Reality may be like radio. We may just be living in a station on the dial.
The saying, "When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change" is undoubtedly true. The article Joytopia-Let Happiness Rule the Roost by Lisa Cypers Kaman, reveals an optimistic approach to changing our reality on a daily basis in order to have a more positive experience in life.
Link to article: http://www.positivelypositive.com/2013/05/24/joytopia-let-happiness-rule-the-roost/
We are our own worst critic. Ultimately, we need to learn to be on the team that matters the most: "Our own Team". Love and nurture ourselves just as we deserve is what is needed. The person we should love the most should be the person we see in our own reflection.
In the article, "5 Things Loving Yourself Actually Means", Brianna Wiest outlines five simple rules to live by in order to give ourselves the greatest of all human needs, the ability to love ourselves.
Five Things "Loving Yourself" Actually Means
1. Having the courage to forgive yourself.
2. Understanding that not your weight, nor your hair color, nor your choice of clothing, nor the funny way your stomach rolls when you slouch down makes you any less attractive than anybody else.
3. That you have the choice to do what you love or to continue living a life being submissive to the expectations put on you.
4. That not everyone will love you, and that not everybody has to.
5. Understanding that you have to love yourself before you can love anybody else, or before anyone else can love you.