With Beauty, May I Walk – A Navajo Blessing

With Beauty, May I Walk – A Navajo Blessing
I remain inspired and in awe of the quick trip we took through Navajo Nation and to Monument Valley. This Navajo blessing comes closest to describing how I felt during our weekend.
 
“In beauty may I walk.
All day long may I walk.
Through the returning seasons may I walk.
On the trail marked with pollen may I walk.
With grasshoppers about my feet may I walk.
With dew about my feet may I walk.
With beauty may I walk.
With beauty before me, may I walk.
With beauty behind me, may I walk.
With beauty above me, may I walk.
With beauty below 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.
It is finished in beauty.
It is finished in beauty. ”
― Navajo Blessing
 
Aaron, our Navajo guide, took Liz and I on a drive through Monument Valley. One of the formation features he brought us to was Big Hogan. Because it was just the three of us, we moved through the park faster than the stuffed-full other tour jeeps, and as a bonus, were able to spend more time at some other spots in between other groups. 
Big Hogan was one of these stops where, for just a few moments, we had the hogan to ourselves – just the three of us, and Aaron showed us how to perch on and back against the sandstone wall, resting our entire weight on the slant of the rock, and look up through the eagle eye, into the sky, from the roof of the hogan.
 
See the eagle eye (look for its beak and outline of the head)?
At first, I said I could, but I really couldn’t, see the eagle in the rock. Then, I closed my eyes, opened them, and, I saw. It’s just a little bit ridiculous, to me, how sometimes even with a guide, if I force myself to see, I can still be not ready to see… and in a moment – unguarded and not forced – exactly what my guide wants me to see, is right there, vivid as can be, and right before me!
 
Literally, following a blink. I didn’t have to over-think this one, I just had to be there, and to reopen my eyes, to see what was, literally, looming over me. 
 
And, if the visual weren’t enough, when we talked, our voices slightly echoed in what seemed like a perfectly engineered sound studio. In addition to the visual delight, I had a rare opportunity to hear myself speak, in stereo — a gentle reminder, one could say, for me to remember to be mindful of my words.
 
Thinking even beyond the Navajo blessing, while I wish to be more mindful of how I talk, I know I have a significant opportunity to also watch where, and how, I walk.
 
What do you think of this blessing?
 
XO, Jennifer

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