Everything is done for love of something or someone. True feelings of Aloha are simply this. Even bad things are done because of misplaced love. Love gone missing from damaged people. Unloved children. Normal emotions confused with addiction to objects, substances, power. All expressions of the need for love. A momentary “high,” confused with life-sustaining love. Addiction. Shopping, sex and extreme sports also trigger bursts of brain chemicals that are addicting. Love is a positive requirement for the heart in the same way that oxygen is. We need it to live, grow and thrive. Virginia Satir, a pioneering family therapist, said, “We need four hugs a day for survival, eight for maintenance, 12 to grow and [...]
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That first spark of a new day. That first green flash at sunrise is a love letter from the universe reminding us of our beginnings and the good fortune to still be alive at this time. You made it! Life continues to unfold across our magnificent green island, and our local universe breathes a sigh of relief. Here you are on Kaua‘i, however you got here, and you are entitled to breathe our tradewinds, scented with salt spray, flowers and mountain greenery, and cleansed during its ocean passage. You can enjoy and love everything you see, especially the people. It is good practice for the rest of our lives. We are all equally entitled to the [...]
The holidays bring seasonal birds that winter here, humpback whales that come to give birth, and relatives coming home to celebrate the turn of seasons. Many snowbirds come; visitors escaping harsh cold and snow, and families celebrating the holidays while the kids are out of school. When you visit a different culture, it is wise to learn a great deal about the people you are visiting. It is their home, their culture. Kaua’i is distinctly different from any other place in the United States. Apart from being the one of the most remote islands in the world, all of Hawai’i is different from any other culture on the Mainland. We are tiny, we are multicultural, and [...]