Another new year, a new path. Hopefully, we will discover new ways to walk that path, quietly with purpose, gently and with kindness. May we all walk in beauty. May we live Peace. As this is the very first post of this very new blog, I shall keep things short and sweet, offering below the final Prayer of a Navajo Blessing ceremony.
May we all be blessed.
Walk in Beauty:
Closing Prayer from the Navajo Way Blessing Ceremony
In beauty I walk
With beauty before me I walk
With beauty behind me I walk
With beauty above me I walk
With beauty around me I walk
It has become beauty again
Hózhóogo naasháa doo
Shitsijí’ hózhóogo naasháa doo
Shikéédéé hózhóogo naasháa doo
Shideigi hózhóogo naasháa doo
T’áá altso shinaagóó hózhóogo naasháa doo
Today I will walk out, today everything negative will leave me
I will be as I was before, I will have a cool breeze over my body.
I will have a light body, I will be happy forever, nothing will hinder me.
I walk with beauty before me. I walk with beauty behind me.
I walk with beauty below me. I walk with beauty above me.
I walk with beauty around me. My words will be beautiful.
In beauty all day long may I walk.
Through the returning seasons, may I walk.
On the trail marked with pollen may I walk.
With dew about my feet, may I walk.
With beauty before me may I walk.
With beauty behind me may I walk.
With beauty below me may I walk.
With beauty above me may I walk.
With beauty all around me may I walk.
In old age wandering on a trail of beauty, lively, may I walk.
In old age wandering on a trail of beauty, living again, may I walk.
My words will be beautiful…
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My hope for the New Year: Words found while wandering on a path of beauty will be as sunlight on the darkest day of rain. May those words leave my heart and find their way to yours.
May 2013 bring us all onto the path of joy and wonder and love.
May we walk with beauty and live in beauty.
. . . and as another New Year's gift to you, I give you these four lines from Section 7 of Walt Whitman's Carol of Occupations, his song imploring us all to recognize the beauty and the wonder of our immediate surroundings, our daily life, our labors, our rest:
Will you seek afar off? you surely come back at last,
In things best known to you, finding the best, or as good as the best,
In folks nearest to you finding the sweetest, strongest, lovingest;
Happiness, knowledge, not in another place, but this place—not for another hour, but this hour;
May we live, may we be, Peace.