Steps, not Speed

Steps, not Speed

On my way to a more fulfilled life, there are times when the Universe has had to remind me to slow down and pay attention. Have you ever felt like that? Well, mid-March my body said ENOUGH! I was out for two weeks from severe back spasms, had a little break for my...
Press Pause

Press Pause

Whether we like it, admit it, or don’t, stress is part of our everyday life. So before you get overwhelmed, try this 5-minute stress reduction exercise. Sit in a comfortable chair or life down on the floor. Close your eyes. Scrunch up your cheeks and eyes, as...
Press Pause

Press Pause

Every now and then my weekend mornings allow me the luxury of time to pause. While we all run around in our busy lives there is much to be said for a bit of idle time. The author, Dr. Samuel Johnson once wrote, “Every man is, or hopes to be, an Idler.”...
Breathe

Breathe

So often we find ourselves so busy we almost forget to breathe. So today’s post is a short meditation to focus on that life source – our breath. Sit comfortably with your back erect or lie down on your back with your hands either across your chest or at...
Sacred Space, Sacred Days

Sacred Space, Sacred Days

In the last few days, the Universe has brought this to my attention in several ways – that we need, yes, NEED, to have at least one day a week that is our sacred space. One author called it “untouchable days”. Depending on your personal beliefs these...
Sunday Meditation

Sunday Meditation

Sometimes our meditations can be in the midst of ordinary days, doing ordinary things. I realized this as I was in the middle of my house cleaning that usually occurs on Sunday morning. After a long work week I like to take Saturday as a day for other tasks and...
You Can’t Pour from an Empty Cup

You Can’t Pour from an Empty Cup

You may have noticed my absence over the last few weeks but I found myself needing to take time to refill my cup. To do some self-care so that I could find replenishment and renewal. So here are some tips that I used to refill my cup over the last few weeks: Get...
Under the Kukui Tree

Under the Kukui Tree

Thought it might be a good time to repost this one. Under the Kukui Tree…The kukui tree in my backyard has been one of the main sources of enlightenment for this new journey of Alaka’i Associates. It began as a sapling carried down from the Koolau and...
A Short Study of Trees

A Short Study of Trees

Trees have captured the human imagination for centuries. Their lore is found in many cultures and in some cases are a source for worship, and lately have become a subject of my observations and awareness. As I began to reflect on the subject I recall several...
Creativity Meditation

Creativity Meditation

You may want to record this so that you can play it back and be fully engaged in the meditation exercise. Begin by sitting in a comfortable position with nothing in your lap. It can be in a chair or on a cushion on the floor or against a wall if you need that support....
My Grandfather’s Garden

My Grandfather’s Garden

Behind my grandparents’ pink-painted stucco house, and beyond the screened in patio, was my grandfather’s garden. Rows of roses and gladiolas – which were for my grandmother, and rows of vegetables – corn, tomatoes, green beans, and more. I...
Ancient Wisdom

Ancient Wisdom

Last year I had the wonderful experience of traveling with two of my dearest childhood friends through Yosemite. One of our stops was at the Tuolumne Grove with the huge Sequoia trees all around. I was struck with awe at the ancient energy from every element around me...
Sunday Mornings

Sunday Mornings

One of my favorite times to meditate and write is Sunday mornings. As the sun makes its colorful way into the sky. In the early quiet followed by the awakening of birds, pets, and the neighborhood. With a nice cup of tea. A reminder that all is good. A time to both...
The Moon

The Moon

The Moon…. Mahina and Mahealani are two Hawaiian words associated with the moon and have a special connection for me. Somehow the full moon has always had a powerful energy for me, so much so that I would have to be careful if I was driving on the night of a...
The Sun

The Sun

The Sun….. Kalaho’onani – loosely translated means “Here comes the beautiful sun” and in a more spiritual reference “Son”. It is a constant reminder of renewal and new beginnings. It brings warmth and energy to fill each day....