Last year I started practicing Kundalini Yoga and was introduced to this beautiful way of greeting each other. "Sat Nam."
Ramdesh Kaur, Kundalini Yoga and meditation instructor, shares her definition:
Sat Nam - "In very simple terms, Sat means Truth and Nam means Name. You could translate it as True Name or Truth is my name. It is a way of acknowledging that at our essence is the Essence. The “Truth”, which is bigger than any human truth, isn’t a matter of right or wrong or even a concept that we can clearly articulate. It is simply an acknowledgement that the Great Mystery is who we are. As a greeting, saying “Sat Nam” is a bit like saying 'I see your true nature' or 'I recognize the divinity within you'."
Isn't this a beautiful way to greet everyone you see?
Recognizing the "true nature" of who they are inside, which can be difficult at times when we get stuck in how we see them from the outside. This greeting offers a gentle reminder to put aside our expectations and look deeper into the person in front of us.
This week, I have listened several times to a powerful guided meditation by Esther Hicks that offers further wisdom for our relationships.
"Sometimes it feels like others have the power to negatively impact your experiences, but that is never true. Only your response to them has the power to pinch you off from the naturally good-feeling person that you are.
Sometimes you think it is important what others think of you and so you work to extract approval from them. There is really little that you can do to keep their approval coming, for it is never about you, but about them.
If you will release all concern about how others feel about you, and focus only on how YOU feel about THEM, you will unearth your core understanding of who you really are, and you will discover what true freedom really is.
At your core, you are more alike than different, for you share a common thread of Source and Love and Expansion."
Yes. I know this is true.
It is so easy to get caught up in the projections and fears of others and take them on as our own. What if we simply come back to this Sat Nam greeting of "recognizing the divinity within each of us?" Perhaps our defensive reactions would just dissolve into Love. Wouldn't that be a beautiful shift in all of our relationships?
Finding our commonalities and letting go of our differences because we are all from the one original Source of Breath and Life. That is what I am exploring and writing about in my book and I am fascinated as I watch it play out in real time in my own relationships. Such a time of releasing and expanding!
This past weekend, I hosted our first monthly Viben Circle, gathering local friends to chat over dinner and then set intentions on the New Moon for the month ahead. It was FUN! New and old relationships coming together to play and create intentionally.
As we begin this new month, I invite you to join us in the weekly Viben meditation community on Sundays. Daily stillness through meditation is an empowering practice that I recommend to everyone I know. AND... the group energy of many people bringing their attention into focused alignment is amazing! We are clearing our stuck places and finding clarity and guidance, week after week. I would love for you to join us!
I am briefly pausing the Healing Our Souls chats to wrap up and publish my book over the next couple of weeks, so catch up on any missed episodes if you're looking for inspiration. Such awesome people sharing their stories and wisdom with us!
Wishing you an exciting month ahead to manifest all of your own intentions!
Sat Nam, my friend.
"Divine Teacher, Beloved Friend, I bow to you Again and Again
Lotus sitting on the water, beyond all time and space, this is your way, this is your grace." ~ Ong Namo
Vivienne Gerard - Healer / Guide / Lover of Souls and Humanity
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