I’ve been trying to teach my son Hindi so that he can communicate more effectively with his grandparents and also because Hindi is a beautiful language and, of course, is a part of my heritage. The word “Namaste” is a respectful way to greet someone in Hindi and it means, “I bow to the Divine in you.” As I drove him to nursery, my son shouted out “namaste cows!” At first I wondered what the heck he was on about until I watched him waving at the cows sat in the field.
He proceeded to tell me that he felt we were all “rude because you always ignore the cows and never say namaste to them. They give us milk, they give us ice cream and they give us cheese mummy!!” Indeed they do, I thought, but never had I imagined to go up to them and thank them personally for what they offer us. This was a beautiful lesson taught to me by my son, aged 5. #gratitude
Where and when do we lose the innocence? Why do we lose the innocence? Chats with my baby always open up the colourful world that we live in with all its beauty which is right on our doorstep; beauty that we rudely ignore because we are so consumed in the chaos of modern day living.
So next time you see the cows, the sheep, the birds and the bees say Namaste. Sometimes being the first follower (in my case to a pint sized human) often leads the way to blissful madness!