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Hawaiians & the Sacred Aloha

Hawaii is one of the major tourist spots in the world, and if you spend all of your time in Honolulu and Waikiki, a tourist experience is exactly what you will have. However, when I ventured outside of the blatantly tourist areas, Hawaii began to really show herself to me. I discovered islands of breathtaking tropical beauty, a slower speed of living, a quiet grace, and inevitably I found the spirit of “aloha”.

It’s not just a word, but a way of living

Aloha. From the native Hawaiian language, this word is rooted in “alo”, meaning presence or face, and “ha”, meaning breath. Aloha is most commonly used for both hello and goodbye, however, this word runs much deeper than these superficial meanings. In the Hawaiian culture, words have “mana” (pronounced: mah’nah, meaning spiritual or divine power), and aloha is among the most sacred. Aloha is a greeting of love when expressed with sincerity.

Aloha is embraced by Hawaiians and haoles alike. (Haole is the Hawaiian term for anyone not native Hawaiian or Polynesian.) The culture as a collective practices the spirit of aloha in daily life and human interaction. The essence of Hawaii has this subtle way of pulling one back to the basics of life – the beauty of nature, and what is important between human beings.

Your words have great power

Aloha. This one word typifies the power of our language, and how we affect other people with it. Words are potent, therefore it behooves us to choose and use them wisely. In this muddled up, confused and too-often-angry world, sometimes we feel powerless to change it in any significant, positive way. However our words, over which we have sole control and responsibility, are one way we can do that.

Aloha. Change the world.

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Photo courtesy Pixabay, Pexels

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Hawaiians & the Sacred Aloha © Susan L Hart

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Return to Passion & Blogging

I’m discovering that blogging is good for the soul. At least, that is, if one is writing from the heart. (I strive for that.) Strangely, my blog writing is uncovering an older passion of mine: ART. For almost 20 years I painted and sold my work professionally, and I taught art. I love to create, and there was a deep sense of fulfillment from both the doing and the teaching. That was all before my partner and I sold our possessions and set out on the road to travel. Then the “world of writing” opened up to me.

This hooks into another deep passion: The Earth. My art pieces, all those years, were primarily landscapes. I wanted people to see the beauty that is all around them, every day. Earth and nature are two of the themes in my writing; there have been posts here and on my Hart Haiku blog that focus on the beauty of nature, and its healing power. And now suddenly,  I’m feeling a deep need to (at least occasionally) supplement my words with my own images.

Words with images. I’ve been fascinated with the power of combining the two for as long as I can remember. It appears that I’m coming full circle from art to words and back to art. But this time it’s in a different way, weaving the two together.

Our winding roads to wisdom are all about this sort of discovery and expansion. In the upward spiral of soul growth, we sometimes come back to important things that we thought we had moved past. When they present themselves to us again, it’s a sign. There’s more there to discover…

In my recent post My journey begins: Quest for meaning, I write about an important moment on a small platform at Point Reyes, California, overlooking the Pacific. A series of paintings resulted from that trip, specifically from Yosemite National Park. I love trees, and they have been the subject matter of many paintings. The below piece shown (watercolor & pencil) is a depiction of a tree family – something I felt intuitively – which just 5 days ago I revisited in my Hart Haiku post Tree Secrets, Nature’s Wisdom.

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And the beat goes on.

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Painting Family © Susan L Hart & Return to Passion & Blogging © Susan L Hart

Winding Road to Wisdom | Gaia the Earth Goddess | HartQuill.com

Gaia the Earth Goddess Awaits

Who is Gaia? In short, “Gaia” is the Greek name for the mythological Earth Mother, the nurturer of all life. She is known by many names; the Incas dubbed her “Pachamama”. Whatever her handle, for those in touch with the Earth and nature, there is an unmistakable soothing quality. When we choose to tune into her, Gaia is waiting to heal us and balance us.

My poem Gaia the Earth Goddess was written after one of my visits to the beautiful, and still wild, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador:

Gaia the Earth Goddess

I step from boat to island shore
and she is waiting.
A warm soft wind gently
caresses my face.
The alluring scent of green
delicately fills my nostrils.

She seduces me.

A gleaming azure sky
calms my agitated mind.
Supple trees drape
the curving roadside,
a satin emerald cloak
befitting the Goddess.

She shimmers for me.

Brilliant sunlight dances
on a turquoise ocean.
The water glitters with diamonds,
coaxing me to play.
Graceful sea birds soar overhead,
calling me to be free.

She sparkles for me.

Exotic languorous lizards
ancient as all time
meander lazily on my path.
They scoff at all clocks!
Finally I relax into her
warm tranquil rhythm.

She soothes me.

Time slips away and
becomes meaningless here.
No demands, no expectations,
she loves me without condition.
She feeds my soul
with her enduring grace.
Her heartbeat is mine,
and mine becomes hers.

She saves me.

More on Gaia here: Greeting Gaia: In Love and Bounty

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Gaia the Earth Goddess Awaits © Susan L Hart

Winding Road to Wisdom | New Paradigm | HartQuill.com

Cusp of a New Paradigm

We stand on the cusp
of a new time,
a new way of being.

Malcontent with a
world that condones
war for the sake
of profit,
Encourages materialism
rather than true
self-worth,
Divides and conquers
connections between people
at every turn.

Saying no to it all,
and envisioning a world
where freedom and peace,
love for the Earth
and humanity at large
are the norm.

And where every person
has the tools
and the encouragement
to express his or her talents,
and feel fulfilled
and valued.

Where abundance in
every way possible
is not blocked but
becomes reality.
And where love is
the force that prevails.

All this and more,
we dream,
we envision,
we intend,
we build,
we manifest.

For only the power
of our minds,
love, and actions
will create this
new paradigm,
together.

And the time is now.

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Cusp of a New Paradigm © Susan L Hart