” Hozho” Balance, order, harmony, beauty, ideal, goodness, symmetry, health, happiness, satisfying, perfection, wholeness, blessedness all in one holistic dynamic concept and process.
What is it like to live in harmony? What does that look like? What does it feel like inside? Living in a state of ” Inner harmony ” or “Hozho Harmony” can be a life-changing practice that incorporates the Navajo concept of ” Hozho.”
The challenges, pressures, and stress of daily life can cause a multitude of emotional, spiritual and physical changes that can alter our relationships and the connections we have with other people in our lives and the world around us.
We can lose focus on our work and our responsibilities and become overwhelmed. Most of us are genuinely aware that stress in our lives can make us angry, annoyed, and agitated. We can very easily blame other people for our unhappiness and not recognize our behavior.
We can, however, create harmony and balance in our daily lives, when the challenges of life surface and come at us. One way is to incorporate the practice of ” Hozho Harmony” or ” Inner Harmony ” into our daily lives.
The word “Hozho” is a multifaceted “Navajo” word that means “beauty, inner life, and harmony.” Living in “Hozho” is to have and create a “positive, beautiful, harmonious, happy environment that is constantly being discovered and rediscovered by optimizing our inner thoughts and deeds.
Napoleon Hill said it very well in his work “the Laws of Success ” published in 1925. It is almost 100 years later and his work is still very relevant today. “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” and ” What you think, so you become.” We create in our thoughts an understanding of whom and how we see our selves and our relationships with others and the world around us.
We can if we give ourselves permission, create a sense of ” Inner Harmony ” or a “Hozho Harmony,” in every day of our lives. We can create for our selves an inner peace that encourages us to walk a path that is continuously experiencing and enjoying the beauty and gifts of life and nature and fully optimizing our health.” – Wayne Peate
Lyla June; a Native American Navajo Writer, Poet, and Anthropologist describe “Hozho ” as “Every drop of rain, every eyelash, every leaf on every tree, every feather on the bluebird’s wing. Hozho is undeniable beauty. Hozho is the breath that we give to the trees. Hozho is in every breath we take and receive.”
Without having” Inner Harmony” or rephrasing ” Hozho Harmony” It is tough to have “Harmonious Relations” with ourselves, others and our surrounding life. To live in harmony with others, we must see that all and everything is equal and interconnected.
A fundamental principle in “Hozho Harmony” or “Inner Harmony” is realizing, there are no favorites. We are all created the same. Thomas Aquinas said it very well, “How can we live in harmony? First, we need to know we are all madly in love with the same God. “
The Navajo idea of ” Hozho” encompasses living in harmony with all that is. This includes ourselves, others and our surrounding world. It is in essence ” being in a connected and right relationship with the world.” It is about being balanced. It is about our personal and communal beauty that we recognize in ourselves, others and the surrounding world.
A story is told of two women that are traveling through an impoverished developing country. The two women were challenged and struggling with the amount of dirt that seemed to be everywhere. The houses and the people and landscape for as far they could see was filthy. The women kept praying that next place on their travel plans would be cleaner and more improved for the people living there and for them to see and experience.
Finally, the women stopped to consider what they would need to do to get through the trip with a better attitude and a brighter outlook and improve there experience. The approach the women agreed upon with each other was to change their prayers and thinking and in the process, they would, in essence, become blind to the conditions and their surroundings.
Almost immediately the women could sense themselves becoming much more calm, accepting, and started to experience the love and the generosity of the people they came in contact with on there travels. They became unconcerned to what they had previously been stuck on and now easily and freely moved around the country. The physical environment was different and more accepting to them. The environment hadn’t changed, They had changed and became more accepting of the world around them.
These ladies developed and created an “Inner Harmony” which in turn produced a more harmonious connection for themselves, each other and the world around them. From that point on, their way of life had changed.
Without “Inner Harmony,” it isn’t possible to have true harmonious relationships with ourselves and others. To live in harmony with others, we have to see that all things and are equal.
Hozho is about the “Real-World,” “True to Life,” Down to Earth,” “Both Feet on the Ground,” harmony, and balance in the ditches and trenches of life. At times in our life, it seems as if everything is in a challenged state.
We live in a world were; food, water, shelter, transportation, and health care are continuously challenged. Experiencing and feeling Hozho Harmony or “Inner Harmony” can be a way to light an internal candle to shed light on a new pathway and provide a new sense of balance and beauty.
The women in the story found the “Inner Harmony” they needed to experience a new fresh, high energy light that directed them on a different pathway and ultimately a new way of experiencing other people and the world around them.
Buckminster Fuller in this book,” Grunch of Giants” asks the question, ” How do we bring our society to a higher level of conscious awareness, when the overriding goal and consciousness for most of our society is based on the accumulation and retention of power and privilege?” The trappings of our society blind us in our daily lives, which in turn closes us off to the possibilities of seeing the greater good and experience the beauty and balance that can be available to us all.
The practice of ” Hozho” teaches the “Art of Creative Yielding,” The practice of adapting to what is, to survive and thrive. “Hozho” teaches us to not “Defend” the “Indefensible.” “Hozho” is a flexible, flowing, peaceful, kind-hearted strategy for the stresses of daily life.
The Tao te Ching offers this thought: “Nothing in the world is as soft and yielding as water for dissolving the hard and inflexible. The soft overcomes the hard; the gentle overcomes the rigid. Everyone knows this is true, but few can put it into practice.”
What does putting ” Hozho” into practice look like in the times we live in? The Hozho practice is centered around, “Acceptance.” and creating and establishing balance and beauty in our lives and the world around us.
Here are a few ideas to contemplate when starting a “Hozho Harmony” practice focused on ” ” Acceptance.” by restoring, finding and practicing balance in our lives.
- Acceptance: A crucial word to reflect on, is the word “local.” Being extremely focused on accepting, fully embracing and taking full responsibility for all of our basic needs. Thinking and acting very locally, to what is around us and functioning in the immediacy of our daily lives. Being ” Omni Present.” or consciously alert and awake to all the energies around us.
- Acceptance: Understanding how we live our lives, and how we ” Show Up” in this world. How do we engage ourselves? How do we engage others and the world surrounding us? How do we “Do it” or operate on a daily basis? Where do you operate from? What are your routines, practices, expectations, and entitlements that you have accumulated over the years? Have we created a life that is based on or is continuously pursuing “Self-Gratification,” “Self Indulgence,” and “Self Satisfying” behaviors.?
- Acceptance: Being in the ” present moment,” and accepting the” Here and Now.” It is about seeing what is, ” Right Now ” so the work we do in the world and for others accrues interest that is ” Societal Currency” that can be exchanged for extending kindness to others and the world.
- Acceptance: Hozho is, not wasting or chasing the mirage and delusions of the past. Our experiences from the past are just that, in the past. By being a ” Present Moment Actualizer” the challenges and disappointments from the past vanish with each passing day, which allows us to free ourselves from the people that have hurt or rejected us.
- Acceptance: The cornerstone and a key to a successful “Hozho, practice is ” Gratitude.” Creating and cultivating a healthy sense of simplicity. It is that simple. “What you see is what you get.” An “Attitude of Gratitude,” it is okay to be me, I am at peace with myself, and others who come in contact with me and my world and surroundings. Learning to be grateful for all that I have, is my central place to start to operate from, to keep my balance and live well, even in the worst of times.
The practice of ” Hozho” is a real, uncomplicated, and realistic practice that can shed new light on your heart, illuminating a newly discovered pathways for your new destinations in your life.
To the Navajo, this pathway is found in our own individual inner view of our heart and mind, and are formed by our beliefs and expectations. The practice of “Hozho” prepares us to adjust ourselves to a reality that is an easier and less stressful and a more balanced way to live. Creating “Inner Harmony” in our life is a choice we can make, to live during our most challenging times and our most satisfying joyful days.
The belief that things “are the way they are,” or “that is just the way it is” no matter what we do about it, is not true. The belief we have to pull our selves up-by-our-boot-straps, push our way through to take control of our lives to be the masters of our fate also is not true. If something is not right, It simply means we have not comes to terms with it or we haven’t fixed it yet.
A pressing belief or rationale in our society today is that is we need to think harder, work longer, press on, which is true, we do have to do those things in our lives. However, by listening to the beat of the drum of our “Inner Harmony:” we can create new wholeness and a balanced path, which can bring back and reinstall a sense of peace, health, happiness and in our lives.
Take care, all the best.
Hozho Harmony to you.
Terry L. Danielson
“Peace in your mind, peace on earth, peace at work, peace at home, peace in the world.”— John Lennon