I recently went to the cinema to see the film the Descendants. This is a film where a land owner reassesses his life and his relationships with his two daughters following the death of his wife in a boating accident. The reason why I mention this film here is that it is set in Hawai’i. While I found the film enjoyable and sensitive, seeing the stunning vistas of the Hawaiian Islands on the big screen made me long to return to Hawai’i again soon – indeed I am planning to go back this year.
This made me think what Hawaii means to me and what being there means. Visiting Hawaii is for me an undeniably pleasurable experience. For example I enjoy reconnecting with friends, visiting the stunning natural landscape, connecting with power spots, enjoying the aloha spirit and having new adventures – just to name a few things.
However while I find physically going to Hawai’i wonderful it’s important to remember that there is a sense in which we all have a part of Hawaii inside us and we can access this without the need to leave the house and take a journey. If you look at some interpretations of the deeper meaning of the word Hawai’i you find some clues to this. For example loosely interpreted, ha means breath – the sacred breath that creates life, wai means water – water that sustains life and is a symbol of abundance and ‘i can refer to a supreme force or be a word used to reinforce previous concepts. So the clue to joyous being is to tap into the abundant life force through the breath of life. This can be your simple connection to the beautiful Hawai’i inside.
Of course, in addition, if we recall the huna principle of kala – there are no limits, then we see that ultimately we are connected and part of everything beyond the limits of time and space. Paradise is within. So it’s always worth taking time out to just stop what you are doing wherever you are and breathe deeply and give yourself permission to relax and reconnect with the Hawai’i within.
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