So it is month three of unemployment and I must say that I haven’t stopped or slowed down one bit! I have been keeping myself busy by exercising more than I think I have in a long time. I managed to go to kickboxing on Tuesday night, then woke up this morning for a little bit of cycling action. I also attend yoga classes 3-4 times a week.  The yoga classes are my favorite because they not only build outer strength, but also focus on empowering the mind.  The more I go to yoga, the less complex my life seems to be; I feel like I can get through anything after I leave my yoga classes. 

The other day my yoga instructor assigned a task for us: to go a whole 24 hours walking in Namaste.  Namaste has many meanings to different people, but the basic concept is that “the divine in me recognizes the divine in you.”  Walking in Namaste meant that we were to walk with confidence, without  feeling hurried,  like we were of the divine.  

First, I treated to my physical needs by sleeping in later than I would any other day of the week.  Then I bought myself waffles with berries for breakfast. Eating waffles covered with berries and a little whip-cream will make any lady feel like royalty….if only I could have found someone to serve them to me in bed…

Later that evening, I was scheduled to join friends for a birthday dinner. I wanted to look as good as I felt.  I went home to pamper myself by taking an extra long shower; taking the time to straighten my wild curly hair. I decided to burn my favorite candle that I was “saving for a special occassion” because after-all, every day is a special occasion and should be worth celebrating.  I slipped into a red top, black pants, and oh…some cute little black heels.  😉 It is amazing how a little detail such as heels adds a whole new level of confidence to a lady and I think that is why we so often wear them.

Carrying myself like I was divine and being able to put off any negative thoughts or feelings was the most liberating thing I could do for myself.  I went the whole night in a great mood, smiling and laughing and enjoying the company of my good friends.  I was able to do this by leaving my old thoughts behind and putting myself in a new state of thinking that is Namaste.

“I honor the place in you in which the entire Universe dwells, I honor the place in you which is of Love, of Integrity, of Wisdom and of Peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, we are One.”



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3 responses to “Namaste

  1. Lovely Jenna,

    It was so refreshing to read your insights about your extra long shower. It could smell the shampoo and soap all the way to my house. Yes, sometimes we´re so encapsulated in our own limitations and day-to-day anexieties that we forget there´s a future and better things to come!

    Thank you, a BIG thank you for reminding me there are wonderful things around us and it´s to us to grasp them and give them their special value.

    Kisses and Blessings,

    Jamie Velasco

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    Jenna Noel:
    When friends and I started Namascar General Store in Reno in 1972 and created our ashram/yoga house, when we were learning mediatation and yoga and then teaching it once a week to prisoners at the Nevada State Medium Security Prison, at a time when all of America seemed to be in the midst of revolutions and radical change, I learned this saying and tried to live by this philosophy on a moment to moment, day by day philosophy:
    “I salute the Divinity within you with all the love of my heart and all the cordiality of my soul.”

    Reading your Blog “Namaste” today brought back such wonderful, soothing, calming memories for me. Thank you so much. I think you are a person who can do great good through your thinking and then by sharing your thoughts through your writing.

    You truly have a gift, Jenna Noel, and I encourage you to continue. I look forward to reading your columns so very much.


  3. Hi Jenna
    Your dad wanted me to read your blog.. a very proud dad indeed… He said you are the writer in the family…yes you are… We should all live each day burning our favorite candles, eating our favorite foods. Thank you for reminding us…..

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