Hozho

image “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” Upton Sinclair

A fellow in our recovery community introduced me to a Navajo term called hozho that I find fascinating.  Let’s suppose there is a terrible drought, the crops all die, and the well spring dries up. Most of us would pray for rain, right? The Navajo, instead, have a ceremony to restore themselves to harmony with the drought. The system is designed to change the human’s attitude to be content with the inevitable. Hozho believes that harmony can be achieved even when times are hard, and is found only in the heart and mind, in ideas and expectations. It advises that adjusting my reality is a much easier and more balanced way to live than trying to bully the world back in line with my program. It holds that harmony is a choice in stormy weather, one that is not dependent on the return of clear skies……even then, I still hold out hope that game officials will reverse the call and deliver a last minute victory for my side. The concept that things just “are the way they are”, no matter what we do, goes against my ingrained, up-by-my-boot-straps belief that I am the master of my fate. If something isn’t  right it’s just because I haven’t fixed it yet. I only need to think harder, work longer, yell louder—and, by God, beat some balance back into this thing. The core principles of Hozho are the ones I believe help me stay sober: admission of my powerlessness,  acceptance of the what is, and gratitude. When I quit whining for what might have been, my eyes are suddenly opened to how much of what remains is truly good. I then see all the riches in a balanced life: true friendship, music, laughter, the pleasure of a good story well-told, and the thrill of adventure and achievement. There is true freedom and wealth in voluntarily letting go of the trappings of thinking I can change the inevitable……..good day!…b

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