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.*
When we pay attention to the world around us with love and compassion, we recognize the beauty of life. We create this beauty from within and radiate it outward. The Native Americans knew this inner truth and tried to live in harmony with nature and each other.
Recently, ‘mindfulness’ has come into fashion as a practice. Ignorance and busyness has led many of us to disregard our relationship to the planet, lead disconnected lives from family, friends and colleagues as a result of increasing mobile media attention, while we disregard pressing social issues of homelessness, poverty, sexual harassment, and child abuse. Violence, greed, prejudice, and instability have created cultures of fear, chaos and instability in cultures, governments and families.
We have created this reality by our belief in the fears, chaos, doubts and overreaching that surround us in the media and from past history. We have forgotten how to ‘walk in beauty.’ But we have the ability to change our destiny and create a new reality every day.
By walking with beauty and love in our hearts, we energetically touch every molecule in the field surrounding us.
Physics has proven that molecules we breathe, the water we drink, and our thoughts and actions affect all life around us. Our intentions give off a vibration that others sense.
When we are in a good mood, others react to it. In a way, it is contagious. Contrarily, a negative attitude will also affect those around us. We all recall walking into a room after there has been an argument. The vibrations continue to reverberate. We feel uncomfortable and uneasy until the energy dissipates.
When we walk with beauty before us, we mindfully make our intentions to live our lives in harmony and love as we proceed through our day, fulfilling our life purpose, doing our job, greeting people we encounter with kindness. If we are careful with our words, we will do no harm, and hopefully some good, leaving beauty in our wake.
Respecting Mother Earth and Father Sky (above and below) means walking with the intention to do no harm to the environment and to other creatures who share the planet with us.
Walking with beauty surrounding us touches every living being we encounter with love and compassion. This is mindfulness and consciousness. This attitude would create a massive change in how each of us approaches our daily lives. I challenge you to walk in beauty.
*Drake, Robert S. Selected from “Walking in Beauty: Closing Prayer from the Navajo Way Blessing Ceremony.” Written for Tom Holm, PhD, University of Arizona American Indian Graduate Studies Program, Native American Religions and Spirituality. talking-feather.com/home/walk-in-beauty-prayer-from-navajo-blessing/, accessed June 10, 2019.