#1814 I Salute the Divine Within

A Heroic Take on Namaste

In our last +1, we spent some time with Captain Fisheye and ChatGPT as we had fun exploring the origin story of the modern-day salute.

Then I connected that practice to the modern science of creating micro moments of awesome which form a critical part of enhancing our well-being and strengthening our modern social fabric.

We talked about the SCIENCE behind this practice in our Notes on Barbara Fredrickson’s Love 2.0–which is AT LEAST tied for first as THE most life-changing book I’ve ever read.

As a guy who tends to spend a lot of time in my head who also tends to be a bit too introverted if I’m not mindful about it, following Dr. Fredrickson’s wisdom to “exit my cocoon of self-absorption” and deliberately find opportunities to connect with people when I’m out has been nothing short of life-changing.


As you may recall, we also talked about practicing our take on Walt Whitman’s adage.

He said: “In the faces of men and women, I see God.”

We say: “In the faces of men and women, we see Heroes.”

You know what else that reminds me of?

The ancient practice of bowing to the divine within others.

Ever heard of the word “namaste”?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few decades and/or have never stepped foot into a yoga studio ( 😉 ), of course you have.

Namaste is an ancient Sanskrit word.

It means, essentially, “I bow to the divine within you.”

Wonder what its origin story is?

So did I.

Me: “ChatGPT… What’s the origin story of the word namaste?”

ChatGPT: “'Namaste' is a traditional greeting in India and Nepal, used widely in Hindu, Buddhist, and other South Asian cultures. The word comes from the Sanskrit language, where 'namas' means 'bow' or 'adoration,' and 'te' means 'to you.' Therefore, 'namaste' translates to 'I bow to you' or 'I honor the divine in you.'

The gesture associated with namaste involves placing the palms together in front of the chest, with fingers pointing upwards and a slight bow of the head. This gesture is called 'Anjali Mudra' in Sanskrit.

The origins of namaste can be traced back to ancient Hindu scriptures and practices. It was used as a respectful greeting and acknowledgment of the divine spark within each person. The gesture and word together symbolize a recognition of equality and the belief that the divine resides within all individuals.

In modern times, namaste is used both as a greeting and a farewell, in various contexts including everyday interactions, yoga practices, and spiritual settings. Its use has also spread globally, especially in yoga and mindfulness communities, symbolizing a respectful and spiritual acknowledgment of one another.”

Me: “Thank you, ChatGPT. You blow my socks off.”


That’s Today’s +1.

I salute you, Hero.

I bow to the divine within you.


Let’s go do that for EVERYONE (!) we are blessed to see today.

🫡 🙏!!

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