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Namaste means "I bow to you"?

Namaste means "I bow to you"?

Did you ever do Yoga? At the end of the practice Yogis say “Namaste”. Is that another word for “Good bye”? 

Namaste means, ‘I bow to you,’ and it is actually the respectful way to greet someone in India.  During the greeting, the person may bow and press their palms together with the fingers pointing skywards as if in prayer, but with the wrists and elbows extended outwards.

Namaste comes from the ancient Hindu scriptures. It is believed that on a deeper level, when someone says, ‘namaste’ to you, they are actually acknowledging and connecting to the part of God that lives inside of you. 

That’s why at the end of a yoga practice people say Namaste — it’s a way to reflect on and be grateful for yourself. 

Spiritual Greetings
In fact, throughout the world, many cultures and religions open conversation with a spiritual or religious greeting to show their connection to God and to each other. Traditionally, many Native Americans greet each other by saying, ‘Oki Ni-Kso-Ko-Wa’ which means, ‘Hello all my relatives.’ This acknowledges their connection to each other through ancestry and Mother Earth.  Or, the traditional Arabic greeting used by Muslims, ‘As-salamu alaykum,’ means, ‘May peace be upon you’ and the Jewish greeting and farewell, ‘Shalom,’ means both peace and wholeness. 

Write it down!
Increasingly, groups of people within Western countries say ‘Namaste’ to show gratitude. From time to time, it does us good to remember the things we are thankful for as his helps reconnect us to each other and the entire universe! 

Why not keep a gratitude journal to record what you are thankful for? You could jot down the big things, little things, something kind someone said to you or something silly that made you laugh! If you feel a little down one day, a look inside your journal will help you remember that you too are an important part of our universe!  

By Deborah L. Caine (Whyzz writer)

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