“One day the sun admitted
I am just a shadow.
I wish I could show you
The infinite incandescence
That has cast my brilliant image!
I wish I could show you,
When you are lonely or in darkness,
The Astonishing Light
Of your own Being!”

“Namaste” is a word derived from Sanskrit meaning “I bow to you”.  Now a days we seem to tranlate the meaning as “the light in me honors the light in you.”

And there it is again: the light in you. “The astonishing light of your own being”.

Sometimes it is hard for us to see, feel, understand or acknowledge our own light that shines deep within us. When we are feeling alone, lost, sad, confused, this light may seem to fade. It really hasn’t faded….our vision is only clouded a little.

When the greeting “Namaste” is given to another,  the hands are together over the heart, and the body bends or bows in respect to the one receiving the greeting. It is a very humbling salutation and motion. In our current society, we really do not ever do this…bow to someone. It is a very simple action that holds great power and possibility. It creates a chain reaction that, for a moment, reminds us that this other person in front of us is of importance and value.

I think we also need to consider bowing to ourselves as a means of reminding ourselves that this “astonishing light within us”, as Hafiz calls it, is of extraordinary brilliance and beauty.  And even the Sun, were it able to speak, would say “I am but a shadow cast by your brilliance”.

Honor the light within others and within yourself today.