Aloha and Namaste – two of my favourite words.
Aloha, I understand, literally, in Hawaiian, means the breath of God is in our presence. Every day, in every way, we are graced with the presence, and breath, of God. This thought makes me dream, and breathe, and wonder. It gives me pause, and faith. And I see the world through different eyes. Aloha means hello, goodbye, and I love you. A greeting, and declaration of love, and a farewell. Beautiful.
Namaste, is derived from Sanskrit, and literally, means “I bow to you”. Namaste is the recognition of one’s existence by another person. “I salute your presence or existence in society and the universe.” However, there are layers here also… The western yogic tradition adds another layer, – the spark, divinity, light – by saying and gesturing Namaste, we are saying “the divinity in me honours the divinity in you.”
I’ll be doing my yoga teacher training in 2012, so perhaps my understanding will evolve. 🙂
Either way, I love the recognition, appreciation, and respect these words evoke.
Wishing you a wonderful holiday season,
Aloha, and Namaste