This is my 100th post as a WordPress blogger at Smoky Talks …. I not only want to thank all of you who read my posts faithfully and leave comments for me, but also thank those of you who are stopping in for the first time–I hope you will return.
I joined WordPress May 12, 2011. One hundred posts in 15 months. One hundred posts where I’ve talked about my books, shared pictures of my pets and family, written about my love for Mother Earth and all of creation, favorite books, favorite authors. I think I’ve touched on every subject except politics (which I refuse to get into here; those of you who have read me any length of time can undoubtedly infer my political beliefs from what I have written).
One hundred posts in 15 months. Months in which I’ve been hospitalized three times, had surgery, suffered a smashed shoulder, gone through endless physical therapy. Months in which I finished my third novel, The Storyteller’s Bracelet, and began work on my fourth, The Madam of Bodie. Which goes to show, no matter how physically challenged I am at times, I’m a True Writer: a writer who not only can write, but must write.
As a thank you to you all, I want to celebrate 100 posts by offering up this beautiful Navajo Prayer, In Beauty I Walk, for you all today. Part of this plays an important role in The Storyteller’s Bracelet, when Sun Song sings it at her secret morning prayers when she is facing a Very Rough Time (capitalization intentional). Several readers have asked me to tell them more about the prayer. Quite frankly, other than offering the entire text here, I can’t tell you much more. I contacted numerous sources, and no one could tell me the author’s name, or the exact source of the poem. As I wrote in my book, I’d love to know who the poet is or was.
I try to live this poem each day. For those of you who mediate, it makes a great mantra. I read it while sitting on the grass in our favorite park while watching bluebirds dive and swoop through the air. I whispered it under my breath while Scott and I sat on the rocks beside the Kings River on our recent Sierra trip. I whisper it sitting on my back deck in the morning, enjoying a sunrise over the mountains,. I hope you will read it and choose to take it to heart, too:
NAVAJO PRAYER: In Beauty I Walk
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…