Thank you for the Blessings, Askuali lolomani (Hopi Song)

Ram Katsina's rattle ~d nelson
Ram Katsina’s rattle ~d nelson

Words and thoughts concerning compassionate action that are not put into practice are like beautiful flowers that are colorful but have no fragrance. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

My visitor acknowledged that this drought
& 2014 being the warmest year on record
are serious problems, but cautioned against
being overcome by existential dilemmas.
“It’s a good thing we don’t
live in the 13th century
when life was really hard & uncertain.
Besides, the economy is accelerating”

Later I asked if we could take a walk in nature together.
Let us have an experience of existence
being ourselves,
being the breathing,
being the steps
while also being
the trees, the path
the lake, birds, fish
& whatever reveals itself
in each sweet, brief passing
present moment.

Experiencing, best we could
pleasantly revealing
existential moments.

Later a light afternoon & evening rain provided
the first precipitation in a couple of weeks.
“Let’s celebrate gratitude for this moisture
as Hopi villages have for millennia
when rains blanketed
towering red rocks and scrubby yellow plains;
by offering thanks through song,” I said.

Together we arranged Katsina rainmaking messengers,
along with desert, mesas, sky & bird imagery
to the beautiful chanting of Askuali lolomani
(thank you for the blessings, may all have a good & long life)
by Leonard & Mark Talaswaima.
Produced for my Hopi children’s radio show, Shooting Stars.
Hope you enjoy & feel the blessings
of gentle, life-giving rainfall.



48 Replies to “Thank you for the Blessings, Askuali lolomani (Hopi Song)”

  1. πŸ™‚ may you always know the red road. if we were seven, i’d probably tell you my kachinas are dancing all over the house at the moment, excited to know they are not orphans. πŸ˜€ (now, I don’t live in places that know of kachinas.)

  2. (i really love your blog, smile. i might have told you sooner, since i’ve always enjoyed it, but it’s hard to know what to say in comments, and how it will be perceived, so please forgive me for waiting so long. peace.)

  3. I love the video. Besides the peace I feel from it, it also leaves me thinking that maybe it wouldn’t be such a hardship at all to live in the 13th century.

  4. Blessings received and since blessings are such a great thing they are reciprocal …blessings back to ya! πŸ™‚

  5. I love the images and the chant. It’s often hard to remember to be grateful because of all the pressure to be worrying about things like climate change and so on. Thank you for the reminder.

    1. thank you for kindly letting me know you like my post and video chant, Sarah. i’m happy we can help remind each other of what is real, important and true πŸ™‚

      1. Thank you again. I regret that I haven’t told you before how much I appreciate your blog and the smiling calm that radiates from it. I hope you know that when I “Like” your posts it is not an empty gesture. ❀

  6. Here in the Pacific North West, we take our rain for granted. Today though, I’ll watch the patterns of rain on water with the reverence it deserves.

  7. May the rain continue, a soft female rain that soaks into the ground and regenerates the Earth. May the rain bring the flowers and an abundance of pinion nuts. May the rain gently wash the world’s wearies away.

  8. Everything changes, so… the modern version of the rain dance = the rain walk. πŸ™‚

    I loved the way you invited the experience of the walk, “Let us have an experience of existence being ourselves…” Perfect…


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