Serenity in Nature

Serenity in Nature

When you have the chance to step away from the busy world and step into the world of nature, there is a certain serenity that can be found. This past weekend provided me a few moments to do just that. One was on the slopes of Haleakala at the Ali’i Kula Lavender...
October Musings

October Musings

More thoughts and quotes to inspire, motivate, meditate… Walk don’t run today. When you find yourself hurrying, stop and take a deep breath. Say to yourself, “I have plenty of time.” Amazingly, you will. ~Author unknown If man insisted always...
Love, Work, and Doing Nothing

Love, Work, and Doing Nothing

My mind has been blank lately and so I go in search of inspiration. Digging through files, papers, and notes until I find a few gems that draw my attention and I feel are right for sharing, here and now. This first one is from a writer I am often drawn to, Rainer...
Finding Your Purpose

Finding Your Purpose

According to Dan Buettner, in his study of what he has labeled “Blue Zones”, one of the things that adds years to your life is having a purpose. In observing communities where people live full lives past the age of 100, he found that one of the unique...
Sacred Spaces

Sacred Spaces

Do you have favorite places that have touched your heart and soul? A place where the energy was palpable? I have a few that were such a powerful experience that each time they come to mind I can vividly see and feel them all over again. I am sure there are more but...
Getting Grounded

Getting Grounded

Over the past few weeks I have started a new activity that is helping me get and stay grounded. It actually has to do with the ground. Inspired by a friend who has an amazing aquaponic garden, and another couple of friends who have cultivated a wonderful garden in the...
Connections

Connections

As humans, we have an innate need for connections from the moment we are born. Scientific evidence has shown that babies who don’t receive that human touch can have what is sometimes called “failure to thrive” and this is also seen in the elderly who...
Hula Moments

Hula Moments

I have had the good fortune of being raised in Hawaii with the influence of music and hula. When I was younger I was blessed to have had a hula teacher who I now realize had a profound influence on my love for hula. Aunty Bella Richards was both a loving and demanding...
Time Flies

Time Flies

As I have mentioned in previous blogs, when you are immersed in an activity that both inspires and challenges your creativity you may find yourself in what is known as “flow” – an experience where time flies without you even noticing. This experience can...
Resilience

Resilience

Some words associated with resilience are toughness, elasticity, quick to recover, and adaptability in the face of adversity. Why is it important and how do we develop it? It is important for a variety of reasons as it can enable us to develop coping mechanisms for...
Start with the ABC’s

Start with the ABC’s

Gratitude vs. Grateful – the first is an action, the second is a feeling. I was recently reminded of the difference and the importance of acknowledging this. The more you can develop the practice of gratitude the more grateful you will feel. Besides feeling...
Endless Blue

Endless Blue

I am blessed to live in a place that provides so much inspiration, especially when I am paying attention. Each day I drive home from work over the Koolau mountains and through the Pali tunnel. As you emerge on the Windward side there is a magnificent vista from the...
Stress Less

Stress Less

It is sometimes hard to define whether the worst part of stress is its source – work issues, family problems, or keeping up with a house that is in constant need of cleaning or fixing; or is it the effects on you – tight muscles, anxiety, or sleeplessness....