An “Aha!” Moment
One of my favorite things to say is “I used to think…, but now I think…” Some people love the thrill of jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. I love the thrill of changing my mind. “Aha!” moments create a dopamine surge of electrical activity in the brain.
Have you ever had a word or concept change your entire world view? Perhaps my Story will inspire you. Consider the greeting ‘Namaste.’ I trust someday we will all see each other as Divine.
Our New Indian Family
Our daughter Alyssa was engaged to Sagar Aggarwal from New Delhi, India. I asked my son-in-law-to-be how to greet my new family in India best. He said to say, ‘Namaste.’ I asked, “What does it mean?” Sagar replied, “The Divine in me greets the Divine in you.”
After being a staff pastor at a church for 14 years, I thought, “That is the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me!” I was so touched by this beautiful greeting, which instantly changed how I viewed myself and others.
The week of the Wedding arrived, and 12 of us were on our way to India! We were greeted by hugs, flowers, and chai tea. I hugged all the women and children in my new family and said, ‘Namaste.’ I greeted the men with ‘Namaste’ and waited to see if a hug was offered. We had a wonderful week of being tourists and accompanying our daughter for Wedding preparations! Our Indian family did everything they could to show us love and care.
Zumba Workouts Paid Off
Some of the Wedding traditions were simplified. A Dancy Party was held at the family home (rather than a venue). The DJ was a relative, and the music was loud! Sagar’s brother-in-law Saurabh loved to dance and led us in a circle around the main room! I was next in line and used many Zumba moves as I followed him. At the end of the evening, Sagar said, “Thank you, Mom! I feel your love as I feel my own Mom’s.”
“God has met us here!”
Sagar’s Mom, Seema, is a very loving and devout Hindu. They have a temple room in their home, which is used daily. Before meals Seema would bow her head and pray silently. Seema would be praying long after I said my silent prayers. As our two families from the other side of the world showed love for each other, one evening Seema exclaimed. “God has met us here,”! Her beautiful words exploded in my heart, and I experienced a new conversion of faith.
“Girl, you have no box!”
After we came home, I told a girlfriend about being in India and said, “I think the lid is being nudged off my box. She wisely said. “Girl, you have no box!” Now, everything I believe and practice as a Christian has to also be true for my family in India.
Alyssa and Sagar have been married for 4 years now. And have blessed us with a beautiful grandson named Samar. My favorite greeting is still ‘Namaste.’ When I am asked, “What does ‘Namaste’ mean”? I explain, “The Divine in me CELEBRATES the Divine in you.”
To you, I say, “Namaste.” I celebrate your Divine Soul.
I have created The Soul Power Experience to enable clients to recognize and remove that which blocks them from tapping into the Light, Love, Power, and Wisdom of their Soul.
Dani Green is the Creator of The Soul Power Experience using motivational speaking, education and hypnotherapy. Dani also helps clients reduce stress, smoking cessation and weight release. As an Ordained Minister, Dani writes and officiates Weddings and Funerals. Dani and her husband, Kevin have three adult children and have hosted 15 international students.
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