In beauty may I walk…

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This prayer is part of a nine-day Navajo ritual called the Night Chant.

In beauty may I walk.
All day long may I walk.
Through the returning seasons may I walk.

Beautifully will I possess again.
Beautifully birds . . .
Beautifully joyful birds

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.

A Navajo Indian Prayer of the Second Day of the Night Chant (anonymous)

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This information is exactly what I’ve been searching for. Thank you so much.

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You can feel the sharing and caring in this site..I am so happy to have come across this place..Hope to visit here often…

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Hi there! Thanks for putting this up on the web. Could you please let me know what the omissions are? This is the only version of the poem I have read with “Beautifully will I possess again. Beautifully birds . . . Beautifully joyful birds”. I wonder what the missing words or lines are? I am hoping to read this at my grandpa’s funeral in a few days time, and would appreciate your response. Many thanks, Dh. Locana

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Hi Locana,

I’m sorry to hear about your grandpa’s demise, and I hope the funeral goes well.

You can find the complete chant here:
http://www.sacred-texts.com/nam/nav/nmps/nmps05.htm

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Great website! I’ve really been digging applying what I’ve learned here to my daily walks! Very informative, clear and well written!

THANKS!

J.

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Hi: I”m a nature walker myself, and also have been practising walking meditation for over 5 years now. Walking meditation was also followed by Shri Aurobindo, a revolutionary and a spiritual guru (from India who lived during Gandhi’s time). Its a powerful practise of getting in touch with your innermost core, your divine core. Walking meditation has wrought unbelievable changes in me and my perceptions of self and my relationship with the cosmos.

This Navajo prayer touched a chord. Thanks very much for posting it on this site. Glad I stumbled across it on my many forays on the Net. Divine intervention :-)

Regards and much thanx,
Sangeetha

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Perfect! Just breathing beauty,.
thxs

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Thank you so much for your post and I really like the information. Thks

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