Act Justly, Love Kindness, Walk Humbly

Or as the Navajo put it: “walk in beauty.”

With beauty before me

I walk,

With beauty behind me

I walk,

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.