“His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.”
James Joyce, from “The Dead” in Dubliners
The Navajo have a concept they call “walk in beauty.” It’s not all about aesthetics, but some is. It is the process of working to achieve harmony in mind, body and spirit – an active process, not a passive one. Members “think [beauty], act it, and live in it” (David Maybury-Lewis). It is a deliberate pursuit of connection, healing, restoration, and balance with nature, family, society, community, and planet. It acknowledges that humans act in their own self-interest, and that’s ok as long as it contributes to the common good. We are obligated both to ourselves and to others.
May we all walk in beauty in the days to come.