The minute we stepped off the plane in Kauai we were greeted with an Aloha and a lei. We are not having a Chevy Chase level Hawaiian Vacation but the rough comical patches we have had stem from our 1 year old deciding vacations are not for rest let alone sleep…ever. Through our heavy eyes we’ve
guzzled enjoyed Kona coffee, jumped through waves, soaked up some sun, and as a lovely surprise fully embraced the spirit of Aloha.
I’ve been to Hawaii before and have greeted and bid adieu to many a tourist and local with Aloha but never thought of it as more than a friendly way to say hello and goodbye. This trip however, with my Green Yogi filter, I wanted to know what I was wishing people several times a day. There are several interpretations, some literal others inferred, but what I love about them all is their parallelism to the meaning of our sacred greeting Namaste, posted about here.
Some of the Aloha meanings I’ve read and heard this week are
- aloha is part of all and all part of me
- love your own being first to spread love to others
- joyful sharing of life energy in the present
- give positive energy and receive positive energy
- live in harmony and unity with your true self, God, and mankind
- breath of life
- be honest, truthful, patient, kind to all life forms, and humble
- affection, peace, compassion, and mercy
I think my favorite is the joyful sharing of life energy in the present. Sure, I’d love to sleep in until 6:30am on vacation, oh how life has changed… but when our little one starts calling out at 5:25am every single morning and I flip on the light and see his happy face I’m truly grateful he is sharing his life energy with me in the hours before sunrise.
We are all connected by energy so why shouldn’t we all be presently joyful about it. What does Aloha mean to you?
Be Inspired and Aloha,