Wisdom from the Elders

Hopi River Story/Michele Bedigian


   I met a woman recently who shared with me an incredible Hopi river story that I have revisited daily to remind myself when things get too noisy it’s easier to go with the flow rather than resist it. I thought it’d be perfect to share as a really nice way to start a new week. Just a few valuable words to keep close. – Michele

From the Elders of the Hopi Nation:

Here is a river flowing very fast.

It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid, who will try to hold on to the shore.  

They are being torn apart and will suffer greatly.

Know that the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore. 

Push off into the middle of the river and keep our heads above water.

And I say see who is there with you and celebrate. 

At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves, 

for the moment we do, our spiritual growth and journey come to a halt.

The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves. 

Banish the word struggle from your attitude and vocabulary.

All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration. 

For we are the ones we have been waiting for.


FYI: The Hopi Tribe  is a sovereign nation located in northeastern Arizona. The reservation occupies part of Coconino and Navajo counties, encompasses more than 1.5 million acres, and is made up of 12 villages on three mesas.

Since time immemorial the Hopi people have lived in Hopitutskwa and have maintained their sacred covenant with Maasaw, the ancient caretaker of the earth, to live as peaceful and humble farmers respectful of the land and its resources. Over the centuries they have survived as a tribe, and to this day have managed to retain our culture, language and religion despite influences from the outside world.

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  1. Veronica

    Love this Michele!

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