It’s time for a rain dance. July 28, 2012Posted by ourfriendben in gardening, wit and wisdom.
Tags: drought, Navajo chant, ongoing drought, rain dance
It’s finally been raining in our friend Ben’s part of scenic PA. The corn has come back to life in the farmers’ fields; Silence Dogood and I are less worried about our well running dry. But in much of the rest of the country, the drought continues unabated, threatening widespread crop failures and Dustbowl-like conditions. Our heart goes out to everyone who’s anxiously watching the unforgiving skies.
If you have Native American healers in your area, it might be time to call them in to perform a rain dance. Otherwise, you can always try it yourself. Here’s part of a beautiful chant from the Navajo, who know what it is to live in arid conditions:
“Happily may I walk
Happily, with abundant dark clouds, may I walk
Happily, with abundant showers, may I walk
Happily, with abundant plants, may I walk
Happily, on a trail of pollen, may I walk
Happily may I walk
Being as it used to be long ago, may I walk
May it be beautiful before me
May it be beautiful behind me
May it be beautiful below me
May it be beautiful above me.
May it be beautiful all around me.
In beauty it is finished.
In beauty it is finished.”
See? You don’t even have to dance; you can just walk around your property. Whether you carry a white-sage smudge stick is up to you.