Act Justly, Love Kindness, Walk Humbly
Or as the Navajo put it: “walk in beauty.”
With beauty before me
With beauty behind me
Beauty below and above.
I finish in beauty.
In 1855 one Jonathan Letherman reported to the Smithsonian, “Navajo singing is but a succession of grunts and is anything but agreeable”.
Navajo spirituality views the universe as a dangerous place with good and evil elements which must be kept in balance, in harmony. This state of equilibrium is conveyed in the Navajo language as ‘Hozho’, a concept often translated as “Beauty.” To be “in Hozho” is to be at one with and a part of the world around you.
There are a number of beautiful aphorisms in the Old Testament of the Bible, but for me only Micah 6:8 comes close to the glory of the Navajo verse.