I recently came across this excerpt from a piece by a member of the Arizona Hopi Nation. I’ve read it before, and found it relevant. Re-reading it, I’m touched again by the simple analogy of the flowing river, the need to let go, and building and tending your own garden based on your truth.
Here’s the passage, as told by an elder:
Where is your water?
Know your garden.
It is time to speak your Truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.
Then he clasped his hands together, smiled, and said, “This could be a good time! There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly. Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water.