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Namaste!

Namaste!  What a grand word this is!  A friend introduced me to this wonderful word.  Namaste!  It is one of the most singularly significant words in our world today.  It is, in my estimation the highest compliment one person can give to another while in the same moment being aware of what lies within themselves.  Namaste! Would you care to know how this word is defined?  It is an acknowledgement that there is a divine light in all of us.  The word when broken down to its base form is as follows  –  “nama” means “bow”, “as” means “I” and “te” means “you”.  Translated this means “I bow to you.”  By saying namaste to another person, you are bowing to their internal light and at the same time recognizing that it is the same light that glows from with yourself and everyone around you.  It is a gesture of gratitude, respect and equality.  I give credit to my friend for defining this word so completely.  And words are the power that change and shape our world.  But what makes this particular word, this namaste so preciously powerful is that we, all of us do carry within us a piece of the Divine.  It is a gift from our Creator and resides in our spirit.  And to be sure, it is more evident in some than it is in others.  But that is only because some of us are more in touch with the higher self, if you will.  And where there is more light, there is less darkness.  But just because this person standing here is shining brighter than that person over there does not mean that one has a greater portion than the other.  It simply means that one of them is not as aware of how precious and special they are, of how much of a gift they are to this world.  And how does one help another to see within themselves the piece of the Divine that they carry within?  I believe that one very effective way is to practice this concept of namaste. 

Now you may say, “I have no intention of approaching various people and bowing to them.  I will appear foolish and people will think me to be not quite right in the head!”  Perhaps so, perhaps not.  I believe there is a scripture that says “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the mighty”.  You see, the people who are not afraid to appear a bit foolish and yes, even a bit vulnerable, those are the people who possess true wisdom and are therefore truly blessed.  Those are the people whose Divine light shines ever so brightly.  And if because you practice namaste, someone might get the idea that you are a bit off, that you are not normal?  To that, I would say, be so very thankful!  Look around you and observe what our society deems as “normal behavior” in this day and age.  I am grateful every day that I am not seen as “normal” by todays standards.  I am of a peculiar people and happy for it.  I am not better than another.  No, not at all.  Just different.

Actually, namaste by its very definition is a symbol of goodness, of kindness and an acknowledgement that we are, all of us, the same.  And we are the same, my friends.  We have all been created in the image of the One who created us and we have all been endowed with what I like to call a “God-Spark” which lives within us.  We all have been gifted with a piece of the Divine.  And it is not something we can be boastful or arrogant about for it is a gift.  Nor can we or should we feel we are better or more than another just because we may shine a bit more.  Generally, those who have more of an aura than others usually have been nurtured differently and therefore have grown differently.  So I say to you, why not share the manner in which you were able to grow?  We were and are all designed to grow together.  It is only the short-comings of our world that has prevented this from happening as it should.  You and I, we have the power to change all of that.  And besides, it is always in blessing others that we are blessed in return.  It is in the acknowledgement of the light that shines in another person that our own light grows and shines just that much more, yes?  That, I believe is namaste defined in its simplest form.

So I suppose the obvious question is how does one initiate and practice this idea of namaste?  It is simpler than you can imagine which makes sense since the simplest things in Life contain the purest form of Power.  All one must do is this  –  Bend the arms from the elbows upwards and face the two palms of the hands.  Place the two palms together and keep the folded palms in front of the chest.  Utter the word Namaste and while saying the word, bow the head slightly.  The methodology is uncomplicated and quietly done.  There is no fanfare or brass bands playing.  The strength that comes from what is divine spirit which is within is not boisterous and is easily entreated by the spirit which embodies our world.  This is once again, the truth of strength and power.  I would encourage you, everyone to try this, to give namaste a chance.  We all see people daily.  Some are friends and acquaintances, to be sure.  However, the majority are strangers to us.  Personally, I believe that namaste is even more effective when used towards those we do not even know.  Why?  Because our friends and those we are close to usually know us a bit too well and often are not receptive to a new and different idea when it is presented to them by us.  It is in those we do not know that we can be most effective.  And once you have completed this rather quick act of namaste, the stranger just might ask you what it is you did and why you did it.  It is at this point, you will be able to share with this person a very unique idea, a gift that they may wish to share with another.  On the other hand, they could just dismiss you, letting you know that you are a couple of eggs short of a dozen.  That’s okay as well because you will most likely never see them again.  But more importantly, you will have grown just a touch more and probably gave them something to think about later.

Remember one other item, if you will.  It is something I have said before and it is a vital component of lasting change.  The small acts we practice each day, those are the things that bring about change in this, our world.  Remember as well that those small acts we speak of here can be good or bad.  They can bring about positive change or they can add to that negative spirit that so often pervades our planet.  We, you and I have the privilege of choosing what those changes can and will be.  Give thought to your choices and choose wisely, my friends.

I thank you as always for taking the time to review the words here and hope that it has been of some benefit.  Have a day which is blessed and share your blessings with those round’ about you.  I wish you a good evening and above all, Namaste!

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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Ode To Jenna

Friends, there are occasions in our lives, special occasions when we are given the gift of meeting singular people of character.  People who by their spirit and tenacity for living have an impact on our lives.  In my experience, these meetings are uncommon and should be treated and recognized as what they are…..A gift, nothing less.  There is one such young lady it was my pleasure to have met.  In a space of only a few years, I watched this friend of mine grow through her life.  Growth is not usually easy and her situation was no exception.  She endured much pain and this pain was on all levels.  Physical pain from a bad accident which demanded many visits to the hospital for surgeries and therapies as well as a battle against an infection she contracted while in the hospital.  Emotional and mental pain from a number of life situations that were unfair to one so young.  And one cannot go through these experiences without it affecting their spirit as well.  There were times of tears and periods of doubt that plagued this young woman.  I knew only parts of it.  Much of it she battled on her own.

I am more than happy to say that these days, her life is so much better.  No more visits to the hospital.  She has found love and is more than deserving of it.  I met the fellow and he is a good man and a kind person.  She is very much involved now in rescue operations for neglected and abused animals.  It has become her passion and I am so proud of my good friend.  The poem that follows here was one that I had written for her during one of her hospital stays.  I wrote it because Life was hitting her pretty hard and I did not want her to forget who she was.  Because in the midst of pain, we can forget.  She was in a great deal of pain at that time and to be honest, I am not sure if she ever read it or realized I had given it to her.  But as a tribute to her spirit, I wish to post it here.  She is, as they say, one of the good ones.  I am fortunate to know her.  One additional note, if I may.  Are there any singular people of character you have met along your Life journey?  If this be the case, let them know how special they are.  And do so today for tomorrow is not promised us, yes?

Her heart full of kindness, of caring, compassion.

Her smile, a pleasure, sincere and so warm.

Her laughter, like music, delightful to hear.

Her eyes, wide and luminous, reflects what’s inside.

Her voice, soft and gentle, yet somehow it’s strong,

mirrors the strength from within.

Her manner is poised, tho’ sometimes unsure

as she continues to learn who she is.

Her mind is a wonder, so sharp, so receptive,

her talents are many, some yet undiscovered.

Her emotions are varied but she strives to be happy.

When she speaks, she speaks truth,

there is no guile in her.

These are parts of her character, some things I’ve perceived.

Oft times I do wonder why others do not see what I see.

And oft-times I do wonder if this young woman knows, herself, what I know.

Those who are special are rare, hard to find,

a true gift to this world from the heavens above.

I speak only the truth, Jenna.

Remember that always.

William

 

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

 

 

 

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Ode To Mom

She has a fine heart, one with kindness and with caring.

It’s warmth can be felt by all those who know her.

Her eyes are expressive, they have depth yet they sparkle.

They reflect contemplation and her spirit within.

Her laughter, like music, a pleasure to hear.

It floats in the air and makes others smile.

Her voice is a mystery, it is strong, yet still gentle.

Her words carry merit for all that will hear.

Words of life, love and wisdom for those that she cares for.

Her strength is a quiet one, not boastful or loud,

developed through time and has brought her thus far.

Her manner is conservative, yet not overly so.

It has flexibility and brings with it humor.

Her ears, they do listen, with discernment, compassion.

They hear in an effort to help the one speaking.

Her talents are varied.  Of this, I trust she is aware.

Many things have I learned from the Mother I know.

I’ve the knowledge of life skills, to cope in this world.

These things, they were taught me by the Mother I love.

But I’ve learned things much smaller which have value too.

What things do I speak of?  I will tell you just now.

I speak of cooking and sewing. I speak of boxing as well.

As a lad, I learned much, countless lessons to be sure,

from the woman, my Mother whose character shows here.

These words I’ve penned here are a tribute to you, Mom.

I wanted to tell you and speak best when I write.

 

Your son, Billy

 

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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