Recently I left my beloved and soon-to-be-new home in the Southwest. As is my ritual, I stopped in my favorite airport store, where I noticed this:
May the sun bring you new energy by day,
May the moon softly restore you by night,
May rain the wash away your worries,
May the breeze blow new strength into your being,
May you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life.
~ Apache Blessing
Which got me thinking: “walking gently” through this world?
Ah, new vocabulary words: walking and gently.
I’m an internationally certified multi-processor. I’ve won awards for my ability to stay constantly in motion. And I’ve raised impatience to an art form.
So, “walk” and “gently” are not adjectives usually ascribed to me.
Ring any bells with you?
What if we fully embraced this blessing? Came to believe that something larger than ourselves is at work, guiding us on our sacred journey? How might our lives change?
Morning would awaken our vitality and not be the harbinger of new stressors and endless to-do lists.
Evening would signal a time for personal restoration and nurturing, not a rehash of the day’s regrets and should have gotten to’s.
Rain would remind us that burdens and worries are soluble, able to stream off us, rather than accumulating weights locking us in place.
And, wind would become a revitalizing force, filling our souls with forward momentum instead of something to be faced with head down and jaw clenched.
Can you feel how the change of perspective can shift our thinking?
Energy. Restoration. Cleansing. Strength. These are gifts that truly keep on giving.
And by gently walking through life we can take the time to become aware of the beauty around us. And offer our eternal thanks.
Slowing my pace, and really noticing…
Your Call to Action
Pick one of these perspectives from the Blessing, and then identify a way to incorporate it in your life. Next, promise to honor yourself daily with this mind shift. What do you notice about your body’s response to this change?