I loved reading in “A Thousand Names for Joy” by Byron Katie that when people started arriving at her door saying, “namaste'”, she thought they were saying “no-mistake”. She said she couldn’t believe how enlightened they all were. She had never heard “namaste” before, so she had no reference for it.
And since Namaste’ means “the divinity within me greets the divinity within you”, doesn’t that indicate that there is no mistake there? No mistake in me, and no mistake in you. That’s who we truly are. Thats how we were made, “in the image and likeness of God,” as stated in the first chapter of Genesis.
But what about those who do bad or even horrible things? What about when we say and do things we aren’t proud of, things we consider mistakes? There is no person on the planet who has led what we humans would call a perfect life. Its impossible. So learning to love one another and stay centered and grounded despite these difficulties is part of our life-long earthly classroom. It softens us, shows us what grace looks like, heals and blesses…eventually. And for each and every one of us, it teaches us patience.
We are all born of and carried with this divinity for all time. So next time you meet someone, look deep within both yourself and them and see our divinity and speak to that.
Note: The photo was a “mistake” taken as I held my phone while waiting in line for the “photo booth” at a wedding I attended. But I LOVE it! No mistake!