“The colonization of it creates all of these words driven from namaste that take the sacred out of it and borderline disrespect the original Sanskrit. – Nina Purewal“
On this episode of House of Enlightenedhood, Leena sits down with international bestselling author Nina Purewal to discuss decolonizing spirituality. Nina also shares four Sanskrit words (namaste, guru, mantra, chakra) that are misused and mispronounced in Westernized spirituality and how we can become more intentional when using these words in our teachings while honoring their sacred lineage.
Get your copy of Nina’s book, Let That Sh*t Go, here.
For more information on decolonizing spirituality, check out Woo Knew?’s episode with the founders of WOC Summit here.
About Nina Purewal
Nina Purewal faced an unexpected childhood tragedy, which inspired her mindfulness and meditation journey over twenty years ago. After climbing the corporate ladder for nearly a decade, she took a sabbatical and moved to California to unplug and live in an ashram for a year to further her learning of ancient wisdom and letting go. It’s been her greatest passion to help others find happiness through adversity. With that, she founded Pure Minds, a social enterprise that conducts mindfulness and meditation workshops, and is the co-author of the International Bestseller, Let That Sh*t Go. Nina has also partnered with A Kids Company About as a podcast host and kids mentation mentor.
Learn more about her work here: https://www.pureminds.ca/