Written by Amie on November 22, 2008 – 1:56 am -

I have always loved this word. The sound of it just radiates Peace. I have seen many different definitions of it, but they all point to the same meaning. Ram Dass gives the definition as, ” I honor the place in you where the universe resides, I honor the place in you of love, of light, of truth, of peace. I honor the place within you where if you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, there is only one of us.”

I am striving to see this place in everybody that I come into contact with. It is not always easy, and I really wonder if it is possible sometimes. However, I will say, that when I succeed at seeing this place in people, I feel so peaceful. I am able to really look at the life in their eyes and see them as just like me. Making eye contact and really seeing the person has been a huge first step for me. In my experience with depression, I can say that so many times, I would look at someone and not *see* them. I could look right at their face, and not really get a sense of them. I was trying so hard to fight my own darkness, that seeing them was nearly impossible. So, once my darkness lifted for more than a few days at a time, I tried to look at people in the eye and really try to see them as just like me. Someone whose goal was to live a happy ,joy filled life, healthy, with a healthy family. This made such a difference to me. I can see now how looking someone in the eyes really give them away. The aliveness really shows up in the eyes. With some people, like my children, I can see that spark of aliveness, and it feels so good. For others who may be struggling, their eyes have less spark. I know for me, there were times when I really felt dead, but my body was alive and moving.

I feel grateful that my children have been such an inspiration on this journey of seeing that loving place in others. They are the ones that gave me the courage to heal. Being with them enabled me to see the spark of life in my own eyes. Then I was able to see the spark in others. I know now that we are all striving for the same thing. I think this is why I want to help others. I know the struggle, I really do. Most days I can embrace myself, and other days I can’t. But, I am reminded everyday that we really are all connected. The same spark that is in me is in everyone else. Sometimes it is just set on dim temporarily. It is so encouraging for me to know that everyone can heal. We are all on different paths, and it takes different experiences and different amounts of time for each of us to heal, but we all meet in the same place. We all have access to that one place where we can all meet anytime.

I look at my children and I think Namaste’. They are proof that the common place of peace is accessible, and does exist. I’ll meet you there.


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One Comment to “Namaste’”

  1. merialiss Says:

    That quote from Ram Dass…wow. That feeling, that sense is precisely why I love working as a nurse. I am so grateful that I get to do that for about 36 hours a week–it’s really like getting paid to participate in a spiritual retreat–that is, if I am in that place in me–or near it. Sometimes other folks pull me into that place and my night gets so much better. I just adore that feeling of being of service and connecting to people and both of us really seeing each other.
    Thank you for sharing yourself 🙂

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