Aloha Uhane Nui Au ~ Celebrate Your Spirit Greatness!

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YOU ARE SPIRIT GREATNESS … ALOHA UHANE NUI AU!

When you’re different, sometimes you don’t see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn’t.


DO YOU REALIZE THAT YOU ARE LIGHT?  ALOHA THIS …

1. At least 5 people in this world love you so much they would die for you.
2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.
3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you is because they want to be just like you.
4. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don’t like you.
5. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.
6. You mean the world to someone.
7. If not for you, someone may not be living.
8. You are special and unique.
9. Someone that you don’t even know exists loves you.
10. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it.
11. When you think the world has turned its back on you, take a look: you most likely turned your back on the world.
12. When you think you have no chance of getting what you want, you probably won’t get it, but if you believe in yourself, probably, sooner or later, you will get it.
13. Always remember the compliments you received. Forget about the rude remarks.
14. Always tell someone how you feel about them; you will feel much better when they know.
15. If you have a great friend, take the time to let them know that they are great.

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Just For Today

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Starting this Valentine’s Day take a moment each day to acknowledge something you are grateful for. Imagine beginning a practice of gratitude that would someday help transform another’s world. In times of heartbreak, Gratitude creates a wonderfully healing salve. It’s Winter to Spring. Love stories are all about loss and renewal.

 

To those who have given up on love: I say, ‘Trust life a little bit.’
~ Maya Angelou

Meditate on Gratitude Today

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Always start your day with gratitude.

Quite often we take our blessings for granted. Too often, we forget to appreciate the people or things we already have in our lives as we rush to strive for other things that we do not have. But, by doing so, we do not enjoy the beautiful people or things that are present in our lives NOW.

** So, take a moment of your busy schedule every day to be thankful for the countless blessings that God has showered on each of us. You will notice that it will bring you so much peace when you know that you already have so much blessing in your life.

Ha’awina Na Uhane Aloha ~ Na Mahalo Elima (The 5 Thank-You’s)

mahalo-james-templeTwo thoughts can’t occupy the same space and your emotions follow your thoughts. Use this rule to support your efforts to be in Pono. Thank Na Kupuna for five things present in your life to shift your thoughts and heart into Gratitude to be Pono again.  Do this exercise once daily, preferably in the morning, and any time you find the situation you’re in perplexing, irritating, annoying, etc.  You must name five different things every time you do this exercise … so it is most effective if you practice this exercise often.  Not a bad way to work on Knowing Thyself.

Mahalo ~ Gratitude, Appreciation

Ma Ha – Magnifying the “Breath of God”
halo – spreading the “Breath of God”, Thank You, Gratefulness,
lo – magnifying the “Ha”.

Just For Today … “Get a Life” ~ by Anna Quindlen

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There are thousands of people out there with the same degree you have; when you get a job, there will be thousands of people doing what you want to do for a living. But you are the only person alive who has sole custody of your life. Your particular life. Your entire life. Not just your life at a desk, or your life on the bus, or in the car, or at the computer. Not just the life of your mind, but the life of your heart. Not just your bank account, but your soul.

People don’t talk about the soul very much anymore. It’s so much easier to write a résumé than to craft a spirit. But a résumé is cold comfort on a winter night, or when you’re sad, or broke, or lonely, or when you’ve gotten back the chest X ray and it doesn’t look so good, or when the doctor writes “prognosis, poor.”

You cannot be really first-rate at your work if your work is all you are.

So I suppose the best piece of advice I could give anyone is pretty simple: get a life. A real life, not a manic pursuit of the next promotion, the bigger paycheck, the larger house. Do you think you’d care so very much about those things if you developed an aneurysm one afternoon, or found a lump in your breast while in the shower?

Get a life in which you notice the smell of salt water pushing itself on a breeze over the dunes, a life in which you stop and watch how a red-tailed hawk circles over a pond and a stand of pines. Get a life in which you pay attention to the baby as she scowls with concentration when she tries to pick up a Cheerio with her thumb and first finger.

Turn off your cell phone. Turn off your regular phone, for that matter. Keep still. Be present.

Get a life in which you are not alone. Find people you love, and who love you. And remember that love is not leisure, it is work.

Get a life in which you are generous. Look around at the azaleas making fuchsia star bursts in spring; look at a full moon hanging silver in a black sky on a cold night. And realize that life is glorious, and that you have no business taking it for granted. Care so deeply about its goodness that you want to spread it around. Take the money you would have spent on beers in a bar and give it to charity. Work in a soup kitchen. Tutor a seventh-grader.

All of us want to do well. But if we do not do good, too, then doing well will never be enough.

 

Daily Words of the Buddha ~ September 03, 2014

eagle swoopYo pāṇamatipāteti, musāvādañca bhāsati,
loke adinnamādiyati,
paradārañca gacchati,
surāmerayapānañca yo naro anuyuñjati —
idhevameso lokasmiṃ, mūlaṃ khaṇati attano.

One who destroys life, utters lies,
takes what is not given,
goes to another man’s wife,
and is addicted to intoxicating drinks —
such a man digs up one’s own root even in this world.


Dhammapada 18.246, 18.247

The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom,
translated from the Pali by Acharya Buddharakkhita

The Lost Art of Writing Letters

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What is it about the written word that makes a letter so special? For one thing, nobody writes anymore; it truly is a lost art. In this day and age of emailing and texting, people don’t spend the time and effort necessary to generate a handwritten note. It’s a rare occurrence to find one in the mailbox.

But taking the time to pen a handwritten letter to someone communicates so much more than just the words on the page. It shows that we value them and, because of this, we took time out of our busy, over-scheduled lives to put pen to page and tell them truly how we feel (not what Hallmark says we should feel — anyone else think greeting cards never say the right thing?).

Who in our own lives could use a personal note from us? Let’s think about whom we could connect to in this way and then make the time to write to them this week.

 

 

SEEDS FOR MEDITATION ~ 10 Things To Be Grateful For

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Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.

Grace and gratitude have the same Latin root, gratus. Whenever we find ourselves in a stop-the-world-I-want-to-get-off mindset, we can remember that there is another way and open ourselves to grace. And it often starts with taking a moment to be grateful for this day, for being alive, for anything.

Exercise:  once a day, list ten things you’re grateful for and count them out on your fingers. Try it this week.

Daily Words of the Buddha ~ May 31, 2014

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Yesaṃ dhammā asammuṭṭhā
paravādesu na nīyare;
te sambuddhā sammadaññā,
caranti visame samaṃ.

Those to whom the Dhamma is clear
are not led into other doctrines;
perfectly enlightened with perfect knowledge,
they walk evenly over the uneven.

 

 

Saṃyutta Nikāya 1.7

Gemstones of the Good Dhamma,
compiled and translated by Ven. S. Dhammika

The Beauty of Gratitude

Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.  — Carl Sagan

Passion … is the element that makes it possible for a real breakthrough in thought to take place. And beauty … goes a long way in establishing the bona fide results of scientific experiments.

Where do you see beauty when you take a closer look?

Take a moment to write down one small (perhaps even microscopic) thing for which you are grateful.

 

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