Driving up the east shore of Kauai, ocean to my right, wooded mountains to my left, I feel happy, ecstatic. Having arrived from the desert, my heart is lapping up the experience like the surging waves that are wholeheartedly rushing to shore. It feels like heaven and even more so because one of my favorite people in the world is sitting in the passenger seat and bubbling over with delight as well.
Each day of the visit, it didn’t matter if it was sunny or overcast, the beauty was beyond words. We watched clouds kissing the tops of mountains, waterfalls spilling over ridges and flowers dancing in the wind.
Now if that isn’t enough, the people of this land are the essence of Aloha: gentle, kind, generous, joyful. Their hearts are filled with honor, respect, harmony, connection. They are in profound relationship to the earth and to people. They smile and welcome and wrap us in the sweet scent of love.
I am told that Aloha holds within itself all a person needs to know to interact in the right way with the world. It is a spirit that resides at the core of who they are. One early teaching goes like this:
Aloha is being a part of all, and all being a part of me. When there is pain – it is my pain. When there is joy – it is also mine. I respect all that is as part of the Creator and part of me. I will not willfully harm anyone or anything. When food is needed I will take only my need and explain why it is being taken. The earth, the sky, the sea are mine to care for, to cherish and to protect. This is Hawaiian – this is Aloha!
This relational outlook slows down everything on this island; people are at ease and relaxed, very present and ready to engage in conversation or lend a helping hand.
What an extraordinary experience to be so embraced in warm, tender joy.
How might you joyfully embrace this moment, this sacred life you are living?
Which relationship is nudging you to engage?
How might you answer in a spirit of Aloha?
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