"Greeting the Dawn,
This Fruitful Day,
For Sun, Sky, Soil, Water, Plants, Animals, and Mankind
I am so grateful.
Seeing the Light without,
Feeling the Light within,
I walk on.
Thus joyfully you accomplish your tasks,
Happily will the old men in the fields regard you,
Happily will the children regard you,
Happily will women in their homes regard you;
Happily may our trails lead us in the way of peace.
Happily may we all return.
With beauty before me I walk,
With wisdom above me I walk,
With good works around me I walk,
With love it is finished,
With beauty again it is finished!"
Adapted by Mike Garofalo from a Navaho prayer found in Pagan Prayers.
In the summertime, I begin my walk very early, around 5:30, at daybreak. It is cooler and quieter at this time of day. A good time for a prayer of thanksgiving to the Great Spirit.
I enjoy this painting of a Daoist Sage, an Immortal, smiling, walking in the clouds. A bottle of magical elixir hangs from his Dragon Cane in one hand, and the Peach of Immortality in his other hand. There is also a sacred Crane ready to show the way.
"Zen Master Yunmen Wenyan and Shifu Miao Zhang were walking
together in the valley behind the temple one cloudy summer morning. It
began to rain steadily on the two old friends. Yunmen said, “My staff has
changed into a dragon and is swallowing up the heaven and earth. So, my friend,
where do mountains, rainfall, rivers and the great earth come from?”
Miao Zhang was quiet for awhile, stopped on the trail, and then held his cane in his hand with the tip pointing to the sky. He said, “Yunmen, as for the source of their coming, the tip of my cane points to the fecund depths of vast emptiness, the crook end to the endless inter-marriages of ten thousand realities, and my hand grasps the heartwood of the ordinary mind. So, my friend, Yunmen, where are they all going?” "
- Shifu Miao Zhang's Koan Collection
By Mike Garofalo, in Way of the Staff