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  • Writer's pictureHannah Telluselle


Before I went to Hawaii and learned about the Aloha-spirit, I learnt about recognizing and acknowledging our Divinity in one another through yoga and the word: "Namaste". This word, I was taught by my Swedish teacher, is what we say when we greet each other with gratitude and high regard. But, what does it really mean?

To recognize and acknowledge another person's divinity, just like our own, is a way to practice compassion with the ability to overlook and disregard of our differences on the earthly plane. It is to express respect for the other's rights and reasons, just as you should with your own. And while we can reach a point of stillness and peace within, to recognize and acknowledge our own inner light, requires meetings. We humans need each other to feel seen. This in turn, isn't yogic only, it's human.

A sociologist named Johan Asplund, did research in Sweden some decades ago, and made the conclusion that the lack of validation is what creates burnout. It's the stress of superficiality that drains us, rather than having a full schedule. Acknowledging the other, such as through clear communication in a dialogue with full presence, with either bad or good pretenses, is a must.

So, while meditating can be a way to relax and become still, meetings are what we should create to improve both our health and our society.

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