Ingrid Goff Maidoff - Tending Joy





"You are like a flower, perfuming the air with your fragrance. You are a bird, singing the song in your heart. You are the honeybee, making honey with your life." ~Ingrid Goff-Maidoff, The Honey Sutras

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Namaste Card ~$6.

This Beautiful Card has an extra page of linen paper inside, and is tied with colorful textured yarn. The back contains an inspiring explanation of the term Namaste. (See below)

5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches



Namaste (Na-Ma-Stay) is a Yogic greeting which expresses a reverence for the sacred. Namas means "I humbly bow" and te means "to you." In short, when we say "Namaste" we are saying "the Divine in me salutes the Divine in you", or "the spirit in me greets the spirit in you," to the individual or group that we are addressing.

A fuller definition found in the Sanskrit feels like the invitation to an inspired way of being in the world:

I honor the place in you
in which the whole Universe dwells.
I honor the place in you
which is of love, of peace, of beauty and of truth.
When you are in that place in you,
and I am in that place in me,
we are one.

The expression Namaste is often accompanied by a "mudras", or gesture in which one brings the hands together prayerfully and bows. The right hand is said to represent the realm of the spirit, and the left the body. Bringing the palms together in front of the heart or third eye indicates that one is offering oneself fully.

In his book, "Present Moment, Wonderful Moment", Thich Nhat Hanh suggests that with this hand gesture we imagine that we are offering a lotus, or a fresh flower. He bows and gives a silent greeting, "a lotus for you, Buddha to be." If a lotus feels too foreign, he suggests imagining that you are offering a tulip.

Even if we are shy to use words or gestures that feel unfamiliar, we might still allow the reverence behind "Namaste" to influence how we live in the world. However we interact, it is refreshing and pleasant to slow down, pause, and take the time to be in each other's true presence: that place where the whole universe dwells.