Sticks & Stones For All

My husband Mike and I recently participated in a class on Hawaiian family values. In this class, each family makes a board and stone that are traditionally used for pounding kalo (taro) into poi. Kalo has deep significance for Native Hawaiians both spiritually and culturally. The board and stone class focuses on reconnecting people to their ancestral heritage as well as to their ohana (family). It is, quite frankly, an ingenious concept as everything about it creates family bonding, pride in the Hawaiian culture and aloha.

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Why?

Last weekend I learned about a tragedy that had befallen a certain family. I don't personally know this family although I've heard the mother speak at an event once and I follow her on Instagram. I have thought about this woman every day since hearing about what happened and my heart breaks for her as a mother. And this tragedy has got me thinking why...

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Cleansing

My husband Mike and I are attending a class on Native Hawaiian healing, or Lā’au Lapa’au. The theme of the class is cleansing. This has got me thinking about cleansing. While the class is focused on cleansing the physical body, I’ve been thinking about cleansing some other things.

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A First Step

How we feel in our bodies is important because our bodies are the vehicle for how we perceive the world. They house our spirits. Imagine for a moment, that you no longer have your five senses. You can no longer smell, touch, taste hear or see anything. What are you without these things?

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Wellness

What does wellness mean to you? If you’re like many people, you believe that wellness is being fit; that is, you see wellness as needing to go to the gym and work out and run marathons and be buff and look good in your bathing suit. If that’s the case, I’ve got news for you…wellness is not the same as fitness. You can be fit and still be extremely unwell. You can also be well but not be fit. They are not the same thing.

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Fraud

I am a fraud. On the exterior I am all love and light and namaste but on the inside there is darkness. There is self-doubt and feelings of worthlessness. There are thoughts of “I’m not good enough” ringing through my mind like church bells to mark the passing of time.

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Privilege

I am privileged. I accept and admit that. Being a white, middle class, educated woman has granted me access to people, places, situations and things that others do not have access to. I have never been asked to leave somewhere or been denied a job because of how I looked. I have never known what it feels like to be hungry and not have access to food

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Chakras

Chakra is a Sanskrit word which means a point of energy or power. You have many energy points or centers in your body but there are seven primary chakras that are referred to most often. These are referred to by both their location and by the order of ascent in your body. The higher upwards you travel, the higher the number of the chakra. They are generally described as spinning wheels or vortices of light.

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Vibes=Vibrational Energy (it's a thing)

You’ve heard people talking about “vibes” at one time or another I’m sure. “She has good vibes,” “He has bad vibes”… it really is a thing. Vibes=Vibrational Energy or the frequency at which the energy of a “thing” vibrates (I just have to mention that there really is no such thing as good or bad vibes; it’s all just energy.

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Energy

This is it in a nutshell… everything is made up of energy… you, me, your dog, our thoughts, a banana… all energy. The energy vibrates at different levels depending on what it is (your chair has a different vibration than you do). This gives us an illusion of separation. But here’s the thing- we’re not really separated. We are all bobbing around in the same energy. We are connected by energy!

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Revolution

Most people like food. Pretty much everyone I know eats on a daily basis. So you would think that people would be more interested in their food, specifically what they’re eating, how it was produced and where it comes from.

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Shelly Bennett
Redemption

My husband Mike likes to talk to cab drivers and Uber drivers and airport shuttle drivers… if your driving us, he wants to talk with you. His father was a driver here on Oahu, as well as a gifted story-teller, and I think Mike realizes the depth of both information and history that these amazing people hold.

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Shelly Bennett
Release

A few years ago I read a book called “You Can Heal Your Life” by Louise Hay. This book actually changed my life. Louise was able to heal herself from cancer through forgiveness, positive affirmations and changing her own thought processes. It is her belief that every illness, every pain we endure is caused by our own negative thinking. I have come to believe and embrace this.

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