At the end of yoga class, we usually place our hands together in prayer position in front of the heart, bow to one another and say Namaste. But what does Namaste mean anyway?
Well, surprise surprise, it means “I bow to you." When saying the word and bowing, what we are really doing is reducing our own ego in the presence of another person. Outside of a yoga class, how often do we do that??
Of course we won't walk around the office or on the street greeting each other this way (as they do in India) but perhaps once or twice a day, we can make this gesture in our minds when dealing with someone else. It's just one simple way of reminding us of the humanity of other people, especially the ones we find to be difficult!