Don’t Need a Weatherman to Know What We Are


which way the wind blows ~d nelson

Year end firework’s smoke clears
displaying the sober truth
of standing firmly upon
this beautiful, motherly space-ball
soaring at 1000 miles per hour.
Humbled as she carries us along
on her annual pilgrimage
circumambulating around our warm
life-giving star continually, uninterrupted.
We are overwhelmed with gratitude
knowing how totally awesome
it is to be alive.
Understandably we
share our smiles
recognizing that joy & happiness
in this moment
will be a beautiful continuation
into the next moment,
of this so-called new year.


wind power

May we recognize the weather
going on outside & inside
and adjust accordingly,
standing stable & strong
when cold winds push;
relaxing completely when
when safe, fed & warm.

May we offer compassionate
words and efforts to help our human family,
helping them be in touch with
conditions of happiness that exist, now.
May we forgive and help others forgive
that they may live in freedom
from the prison of fear, anger & despair.
May we care for mother earth
as if our future depends upon it.

I’ll end this new year’s post with hopeful words for
taking right action;
a prophesy spoken
by elders while I lived on the Hopi Indian Reservation.

Hopi elders sing to young ~d nelson

Hopi elders sing to young ~d nelson


Hopi Elders’ Prophecy
Oraibi, Arizona, June 8, 2000

You have been telling people that this is the Eleventh Hour, now you
must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour. And there are
things to be considered. . . .

Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
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 your 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 onto 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.

And I say, see who is in there with you and celebrate. At this time in
history, we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves. For
the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey come to a halt.

The time of the one wolf is over. Gather yourselves!
Banish the word ‘struggle’ from your attitude and your vocabulary. All
that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.



65 thoughts on “Don’t Need a Weatherman to Know What We Are

  1. Sonnische

    This is absolutely eloquent, both your own writing and that of the Hopi Elders. Thank you! I have been using the word “struggle” regarding my recent health issues, and I will try to set that word aside from today. We contemplate our planned move from the northeast US to SW Florida in 2016 and find ourselves anxious about climate change and how it will likely impact the area, and yet life can and must go on. Dear David, may the new year bring all you need and much of what you want, my friend. Hugs, Sunny ❤

    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you Sunny for being a bright
      source of weather for yourself & others!
      may your planned move be with ease
      and bring you greater happiness & warmth 🙂

  2. Hariod Brawn

    If only the political leaders we elect would realise that now is the time David, now is the moment, for tackling the huge issues we face, instead of kicking problems down the road as if they were tin cans, and concerning themselves more with their supposed legacies. I think in particular of the fraud that is the Paris agreement on climate change, as well as the abject failure to address the inherently flawed models of Neoliberalist Capitalism that all but caused the world’s financial systems to collapse eight years ago. Yes, “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for”, so will we act, will we elect leaders who will act, and if so, who amongst us are they?

    1. smilecalm Post author

      absolutely agree with your wisdom, Hariod! perhaps when people are hungrier, cold & less comfortable
      they will find the insight & courage to replace leaders beholden to the established wealthy & powerful for ones with real capacity to lead. wishing you a joyful moment & fair weather 🙂

    2. Vicki

      Well said Hariod.

      I believe the time is now (to repair the earth and its broken people) not further down the track. I think we hear too many promises of what the leaders will do in the future. We (and the leaders in particular) need to act now.

  3. Carol A. Hand

    Thank you for sharing beauty and wisdom, David – “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.” We’re all here for the ride of our lives…

  4. Sarah

    Thank you so much David. I’m so tired of clinging frightened to the bank. 2016 may very well be the year that I push off into the turbulent waters. I’m looking forward joining all those brave souls out there. 🙂

    1. smilecalm Post author

      wishing you the presence
      of loved ones to cling on to
      and comfort each other’s fears,
      offering empathetic hope
      and when hungry,
      samosas 🙂

      1. Sarah

        May your periods of freedom increase in 2016. And may you have all the [insert choice here – it doesn’t have to be samosas] you need.

  5. robert87004

    Quite a past, the Hopi, travelling our entire hemisphere and founding many of the now-abandoned cities in Central America, the places we call Aztec and Mayan, along with Chaco Canyon. And they defined 4 areas in our bodies that correspondence to 4 of the 7 chakras…must have been awesome, living with.

    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you for your kind & insightful words, robert! may all the ancestor’s descendants meet together in modern times as a peaceful human family 🙂

  6. Jet Eliot

    Oh how I enjoyed both segments, David, and your photos and the photo captions (“weather, man” wording is fun) too. The correlation of the two–the spinning, speeding “motherly earth-ball” and the swiftly moving river–is a wonderful message from both you and the Hopi. Thank you, my friend, thank you.

  7. BeeHappee

    What a great post. So funny that I wrote about the eleventh hour as well this morning without seeing your post, while I was thinking of that exact Hopi poem. 🙂 Must be something about that. Thank you much!

  8. Alison and Don

    #sharethegoodnews #PeopleAreGood
    ‘We are the ones we have been waiting for’, indeed.
    Goodness and love is everywhere simply by focusing on it.
    Blessings for the turning of the wheel.

  9. Val Boyko

    Wow – We are the ones we have been waiting for … let us meet in the middle of the flowing river. Such a wise and inspiring post and wake up call.
    Thank you David 🙏

  10. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature

    Thank you David, for this beautiful post. Your words and those of the Hopi elders are inspiring. This is the hour. Like Val, I love the words, “We are the ones we have been waiting for … let us meet in the middle of the flowing river.” I’m glad to have met you here on WordPress, even if we are going 1,000 miles per hour!
    Happy Now Year

  11. swamiyesudas

    My Dear Nelson, Writing from a Hopi Reservation back ground, this is Powerful. Yes, Now is the Time, and We are those We had been waiting for. But.

    But not only for Ourselves, and for Our People, but for All Peoples too!

    Hearty Regards and All the Best. 🙂

  12. Karen Wan

    As always, beautiful message! The words from the Hopi elders ring true and inspire me to let go of struggle even more this year, and flow with the river of life.

    David, may you have a blessed and joyful new year!

  13. Michael

    Your opening framed the moment beautifully, David. I felt the presence of Earth, zooming around the Sun, and carrying all those smiles and possibilities along for the ride. I cannot think of a better way to step into the grace of a New Year, into the perpetual sweetness of living, into the beautiful spaciousness of one another…


  14. Cate

    I believe I have read a version of the Hopi elders’ prophecy in one of Pema Chodron’s books. Nice to revisit it! Thank you for another lovely post.

  15. susanenholm32

    With all of America’s diversity, divisions, and distance when will we “know what we are”? When will we be fair? When will others be fair to us? I
    I’ll keep watching the sky for changes in the weather.

  16. Michele Anderson

    This has to be the best post ever for going into the New Year! Once again, David, you have put something out there that speaks to us all. Thank you for your beautiful inspiring words of wisdom, and sharing the Hopi Elders’ Prophecy.

  17. Meredith

    And the circle began
    As the rhythm
    of hearts
    Beat mightily,
    flushed with the pulse
    of knowing.

    Beautiful, beautiful. Thank you. 🙂

  18. harulawordsthatserve

    A heart warming post, and I love the invitation to pay attention to the inner and outer weather. I’ve come across that wonderful piece of Hopi wisdom before, and am always touched by its special combination of both straight talk and poetic beauty which is a wonderful recipe for hope. A beautiful reminder – thanks for sharing friend. Blessings on your year…warm hugs, Harula x


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