4 Common Things That Test Our Namaste and How to Maintain It
“Namaste.” We yogis hear it nearly every time we start or end our yoga class. What a beautiful reminder and a warm sentiment to focus on as we practice and as we move through the rest of our day. “I honor the place in you which is of love and light…”
But let’s face it. Life isn’t always as blissful as it is on the mat. Those few beautiful hours right after class, I can see the good in everything. Life is sunny and happy. But halfway through the day, the lovely glow wears off a bit and it’s not as simple to brush off the traffic, work deadlines, and general worry and stress that go with life.
We all have things that mess with our Namaste.
Here are 4 things that threaten my Namaste, along with gentle reminders to help keep us more calm and less crazy!
1. Rude People
Whether it’s the person being loud and disruptive in yoga class or the guy who took your parking space — we’ll all have a chance to practice the art of Namaste with those that make it a challenge to recognize their light. But through exercising Namaste, I am sure that light is there, even if I have to dig deep to find it.
We don’t know what challenges other people are facing. Doing our best to remember that we are all on our own journey always helps bring in a little more light and acceptance.
2. Losing Patience
We all have times where we struggle with remaining calm and patient as our day goes on. Some days are better, of course. But other days, when we’re late and stuck in traffic, patience can escape us. I learned my lesson one day recently, when, after honking at the cars in front of me and losing my cool, I saw that one of the drivers was—no joke—my yoga teacher. That’ll snap you back to a state of humility, and quickly! The honking didn’t make me feel better or worse — I was just embarrassed.
Practicing Namaste makes it easier (and potentially less humiliating) to take a few deep breaths and remember the car moving a few seconds after I want it to will likely not change the course of my day.
3. Worry and Anxiety
I’m a natural worrier. It’s in my genes. I greatly admire people who say, “Why worry—you can’t change things by worrying.” While I know that’s true, I can’t always shut off the anxiety. Yoga helps, for certain. I’m a calmer and more settled person through my yoga class. But the worry creeps in, and people always tell you to trust your gut—but my gut has a tendency to go to the worst-case scenario.
If you’re like me, keep going to yoga and honoring your Namaste as a way to find that happy medium. Or at least medium rare… ☺
In this day and age judgment is everywhere. Social media emphasizes the best moments of people’s lives. We begin to forget that this portrayal is a mostly false reality, and so we compare everything from our vacations and kids to our profile photos. Online, it seems just as easy to judge others as it is to feel inadequate about what we’re doing in our own lives. But when you step away from the screen, you see how very pointless this is. We are infinitely blessed in the lives we have. It’s important to embrace the beauty in our individual journey.
Namaste is recognizing that everyone has a different path, and it’s not our place to judge or compare. We should simply live and let live in love.
Look at Namaste as a journey. To try to see each day with the peace and love that surrounds us is all that Namaste asks of us. It’s something to strive for, to revisit and rework, and that’s ok. It’s not love and light all the time, and that’s life. Because in addition to teaching us how to love and accept others, Namaste is also teaching us how to love and accept ourselves just as we are today—the good, the bad, and the Namaste.