Here I am starting my third week in Hawaii and I still haven’t dipped a toe in the Ocean.
With all of these years of working, have I forgotten how to play? Do I have to give myself permission and say “it’s okay, you can play now, you’ve earned it!
In California, I always had something to keep me busy. I am the type of person who needs to feel productive, whether I’m reading, cooking, or making something, or experimenting with fermentation, or growing an avacado tree from a seed, there are always several things going at once.
So when I decided to come to Hawaii for a couple of months, I purposely left all of it behind.
I wanted a blank slate so that I could write a new story.
I had no idea what the new story might be, but I was open to it.
In Hawaii, there is constant movement of the Ocean and the wind. The air is constantly being recharged with ions lifting the chi or energy*. There’s a soft fragrance in the air and the sound of birdsong.
Everywhere you look there is color: in the sky and the flowers, and the water that constantly reflects light from the sun.
From morning til night, people are out walking, riding bikes on land and surfing, snorkeling, boating, paddling, and so many other water sports, in the ocean. One can’t help but to gain some color from the sun.
Most children are taught to swim before they can even walk and as soon as they are walking, they are learning to stand on a surfboard.
Children play at the public parks and school ground every day until dusk. Basketball, baseball and soccer are the typical activities, often organized with many adults in attendance.
The parks stay open after dark as many locals bring their food to barbeque in the evening air.
It’s not unusual to see outdoor showers in the backyard, and to have every room in the house with a door to the outside.
A typical morning for many is to head for the ocean before breakfast to catch the first waves at dawn or go for a hike around Diamond Head.
It’s an outdoor lifestyle that’s meant to be lived in and appreciated.
It’s a place to unwind and free your spirit.
It’s a place of inspiration and creativity.
There’s a feeling of being embraced by all of it, the warm Aloha that resonates and captures the soul.
Aloha means Love…..
Greeting someone with a lei, giving them a place of honor and respect.
Aloha when parting is not a finality, but used to say, ” until we meet again….
I spent a day with a healer who goes by the name of “Auntie”. She is 81 years old, with wild white hair and a huge grin. She explained the meaning of Ha to me.
” Ha is an energy source in all life forms. It is Universal, all embracing, of use to all, constructive, helpful, positive. It has been said that the creation of the Universe came directly through the Ha. We recognize such words as Aloha, Mahalo, Ohana, Hawaii as all levels of healing represented in this phenomena”.
Auntie asked not to have her picture taken, and I respect that . Auntie was raised by her Grandmother on the islands from the age of one. Her Grandmother was a healer to many well known people. She started training Auntie from the age of 4 to be a healer, as she recognized from a young age that she, too, had the gift of healing. Auntie uses the “Ha” sound to conduct her healing ceremonies. Auntie loves to say that ” Life is full of Surprises!”
I think that I am learning to play again.
*In Hawaii the word for energy or chi, is “mana”.
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