My sister AnnMarie, recently took me to Hawaii for my 50th birthday!
Of course we had an amazing time together and many adventures – an open door helicopter ride, hiking diamond head, and swimming with the turtles.
Since I’ve been home I find myself thinking about the special quality of the people on the Island of Honolulu.
Their beautiful greeting is a significant part of what I remember.
More than a simple greeting, it’s a way of life.
It holds a sacred representation that is palpable.
An expression of love
It reminds us to be in the present
To be humble
To be kind to all living things
To be truthful
To be patient
A recognition that we are part of everything – the comfortable and the uncomfortable, the joy and the pain
Aloha is life itself
Aloha is breath
What a beautiful and unique reminder of living a conscious life.
A reminder used so often every single day.
This got me to thinking about our greeting — ‘Hello’
Did you know that Hello means ‘Stop and Pay Attention’
This makes me laugh because that’s precisely an imperative awareness when getting more conscious in your life.
First STOP negative ways of thinking, feeling, and acting and then PAY ATTENTION to the present moment to connect with your spiritual side. This is the beginning of change. Of course there are many things you can learn to help you do this but STOP and PAY ATTENTION certainly captures the essence.
I Love the synchronicity of both greetings.
So whether it’s the beautiful ‘Aloha’ greeting of the people of Hawaii, or the familiar ‘hello’ of our own culture, remember the deeper meaning when you greet your fellow human being…
Love is what’s important.
We are all the same.
We are part of everything.
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