I’ve always signed my posts with the word Namaste. I don’t do it because its trendy. I don’t do it because I want to be seen as some kind of fake-ass guru who babbles Sanskrit to make herself appear to be “enlightened”. I don’t use the term lightly either. I use it because of what it means.
Simply put, Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture of placing your palms together at your heart (or your forehead and then your heart) is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another. Nama means bow, as means I, and te means you. Therefore, Namaste literally means “bow me you” or “I bow to you.”
When I began blogging I wanted to end my post with something that would be memorable and give a hint as to who I am (or who I was) and so as a practioner of yoga and meditation, I choose what I believed to be an appropriate word…Namaste. But the longer I blogged and discovered recovery through this beautiful community the more the meaning of this signature evolved. Now when I sign off a post, the word Namaste encompass everything I believe to be true about not only recovery from alcoholism but the human race and just being alive on the planet. In fact, several times I’ve believed that a post was finished only to sign that word at the end and realize…hmmm…nope – needs more work.
For me in this blog, signing my posts this way says “I get you”, I’m in this with you, we’re here together. My path to sobriety may be different than yours but whether you went through rehab, attend AA, blog, lurk or are still struggling, I see your soul and I want you to see mine. In fact, since my soul quite literally often ends up on this page, I get you if you’re struggling with ANYTHING – drugs, children, weight loss/fitness goals – anything. So if I don’t believe what I’ve said is authentic and honest, I go back and edit out the bullshit until it is. Otherwise, I can’t sign it.
The Buddhists believe that the human condition is one of suffering and that our purpose is to seek to relieve that suffering in not only ourselves but in others. What a perfect definition of this blogging community. A group of individuals reading, writing and pontificating on what it means to move into the light. What it means to fight for what we want…peace.
In the movie “Avatar”, when those big, beautiful blue people wanted to express this sentiment they said, “I see you” which meant I see who you are in your soul. We are one with each other and all things. We are the same, no better and no worse than anyone else. We are all living, breathing, suffering and joyous examples of God’s love (or the Universe or the Mother or whatever you choose to believe). Our purpose is to be kind and compassionate and caring.
This is my wish for all of us. So, from me to you…
I “see” you.