Eastern culture and learning is flooding through Western society as we finally open our eyes and start to acknowledge that perhaps other societies and teachings may be able to shed great light and understanding.
Yes, it may seem trendy in some sectors to practise yoga, bleat on about mediation, being at one, mindfulness, natural healing - but look beyond that, and there is much we can learn.
The word of the moment for some may well be Namaste, and rather like an adolescent picking up new words for the first time, it is important to understand what it means before saying it.
Using namaste however is not likely to end you in too much embarrassment, but what it may bring to you is a regular understanding and appreciation - a control of the ego even.
Hindus use it to greet each other as equals 'I bow to you' or 'not mine'. Another translation goes 'the light in me, honours the light in you' - how beautiful is that?
In yoga terms, it is a word meaning respect, and in spirituality, it reminds us that 'we are all in this world together, so we should go about respecting one another'.
Just thinking about those meanings when you hear, read or say 'namaste' will bring about a greater level of ease, appreciation and understanding, both of the self, and of others, and that is what surely it is all about - care, consideration, love and tolerance.
Namaste is a word that has become extremely popular among new age spirituality and yoga practitioners. But what does Namaste mean?