Aloha is indeed a way of life, an attitude. The kahuna David Bray interprets this code of as “Come forward, be in unity and harmony with your real self, God, and mankind.” Be honest, truthful, patient, kind and humble to all life forms.
Aloha in the Hawaiian language means affection, peace, compassion, and mercy. It is also used for hello, good bye or love. But aloha stands for much more than that; its deeper meaning is “the joyful (oha) sharing (alo) of life energy (ha) in the present (alo).”
To Hawaiians, the joyful sharing of this life energy is the secret for attaining true health, happiness, prosperity and success as long as it is shared and used with love.
I endeavored to captured the essence of Hawaii aloha in photography. My experience in Maui last month was one of tranquility, beauty and friendliness with an awe of creation.
Sunsets – God’s Artistry!
I have visited Maui many times but there are always new surprises and new life. I had never seen a hibiscus with this unusual combination of colors.
We stayed in sunny Kaanapali but only a short 15 minute drive away to Kapalua, toward the rain belt, the landscape changes significantly.
The spirit of aloha is about giving blessings.
Bless everyone and everything that represents what you want by giving recognition or emphasis to a positive quality, characteristic or condition, with the intent that what is recognized or emphasized will increase, endure or come into being.
Focusing on the blessing, acts to increase the same good in your life.
The positive occupation of your mind stirs up the positive, creative force and allows that same energy to come through you.
When you bless for the benefit of others instead of directly for yourself, you tend to bypass any subconscious fears about what you want for yourself.
What is so wonderful about this process is that the blessing you do for others helps them as well as you.
As you bless, imagine the person or thing you’re blessing is surrounded with some of the same peace, grace and positive energy that surrounds you.
To the Hawaiians of old, Aloha meant “God in us.”
The Aloha Spirit is a well known reference to the attitude of friendly acceptance for which the Hawaiian Islands are so famous.
Experiencing the aloha spirit is best shared with friends. One of the highlights of our trip was our canoe excursion to a fantastic snorkeling spot where we swam with friendly sea turtles and tropical fish.
Chris and I enjoyed the freedom of not having to style our hair. We just let it air dry. She came up with the mantra, “beach hair and I don’t care.”
We ran into some other good friends, John and Madi, who just happened to be on the island the same time were, an unexpected treat!
Together we experienced the spirit of aloha, fantastic food, hospitality and breathtaking scenery.
I hope you captured some of the aloha spirit too. Give a double portion of blessings and you will also be blessed.
With gratitude, Linda
A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. Proverbs – 11:25
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