In yoga, there’s a thing we do at the end of each class where we put our hands together at our hearts, and then we say the magic yoga word, “namaste” which literally means “I see/recognize the divine in you.”
Two things made me think of this today…
- I’m preaching on Matthew 25 this Sunday (whatever you did to the least of these, you did to me) and so thinking about seeing God in others has been front and center lately.
- I read Ephesians 4:29 today – Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up faith, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear.
So those two things together got me thinking about the power of how we think and speak and act toward others.
We often go through our day looking out for ourselves first, and others next… but that is not what we’ve been asked to do.
We are asked to “build up faith” with our words and actions…and treat those around us as if we were interacting with Jesus himself.
So really, it all comes back to that “namaste.”
Do we see others as children of God?
Do we look at those around us as a part of the family of God?
We’ve ALL been created in the “imago dei” the image of God – all of us.
And to me that means when we walk around with a namaste mindset, we are literally trying to see God in those around us.
Even in the mean ones.
Even in the annoying ones.
Even in those who misunderstand you.
Even in those who have things we want, like health and joy and love.
So, while this might seem a little out of the box for some of you, I want you to try it with me.
Close your eyes.
Take a deep breath.
Bring your hands together at your heart.
Take another deep breath in, and say, Namaste.
I see the Divine in you.
Today, I challenge you to choose to spend your day in the namaste mindset.
See the Divine in those around you.
Because you too have been created in the Image of God… and the Divine is in you as well.
See you Sunday.