So I have this awesome cup that my hubby got me:
I love it because it is me in a cup. It combines my Southern side (that is the ya’ll for those who are not from the south) and my yogi side (the namaste). Besides providing me with refreshment, it is a fun conversation starter. For example, at work the other day….
Someone asked me what Namaste means. “The light within me honors the light within you. It is a saying in Hindu. It can be greeting or good bye.” I replied. It got me thinking about light. I thought of my mantra/saying the poem “Light”, and the song I learned in children’s church, “This Little Light of Mine”. Each one has a different definition of light; from the light within to being a light out in the world.
Namaste: My light honors your light. Gratitude. I bow to you….. Each and every one of us has a special light. An internal glow, a fire deep down that radiates out in the world, our life. We are all different. Made up of different ideas, beliefs, and characteristics that gives us our uniqueness. Everybody in the universe is different. Not one the same, just like the snowflakes that fall in the winter. Yoga teaches us respect of others and to love regardless of our beliefs, ideas, and characteristics. It is that concept that drives Namaste. We are to see the light, bow to it, respect it and be grateful for everyone and everything.
In addition to recognizing our light, it is up to us to radiate our light out in the world. Our glow from within is to permeate the darkness in the world and light it up. As Marianne Williamson says in her poem Light, “as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear; our presence automatically liberates others.” Our light can help others see it in themselves if they aren’t aware of their own light.
This even ties to the little song This Little Light of Mine. If you grew up in Children’s Church, especially in the Southern Baptist sect, you know all about that song. The song says, “this little light of mine I’m gonna let it shine.” It teaches us to respect our own light, and embrace it. Not to be scared of our self, but to love our self .To shine like Christ. Just like a light bulb, or a flashlight and illuminate all that is around us. We are not to “hide it under a bushel” or let someone else’s negativity blow out our light. We are to shine it out in the world like a lighthouse on a bay in a stormy night.
Be that light house, be that light bulb, that goes out and illuminates the world Help others to see their greatness, their uniqueness. Let them know that there is nothing to be afraid of when you have your light on.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerfully beyond measure.
It is our light,
Not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves;
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not in some of us; It’s in everyone.
And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear; our presence automatically liberates others.”
Light, Marianne Williamson