We just returned from a week of fun/relaxation/restoration/rejuvenation in Hawaii. Each time we travel to those islands, the fragrance of the tropical flowers and the beauty of the land hit me as soon as I get off the plane, and I want to cry–well, sometimes I do. The land, the water, the mountains, the rainforests, the practice of hula, and the spirit of aloha are heart-achingly beautiful; and for some reason I feel it to be like home. I imagine I must have been a big Hawaiian mama in some other lifetime…
Here is a bit on the deeper meaning of Aloha:
“Aloha is being a part of all, and all being a part of me. When there is pain, it is my pain. When there is joy, it is also mine. I respect all that is as part of the Creator and part of me. I will not willfully harm anyone or anything. When food is needed I will take only my need and explain why it is being taken. The earth, the sky, the sea are mine to care for, to cherish and to protect.
alo–1. sharing 2. in the present
oha– joyous affection, joy
ha– life energy, life, breath
This can be translated as “the joyful sharing of life energy in the present” or simply “joyfully sharing life.”
Nature is also where we can gain the wisdom to make responsible choices if we approach with Aloha in our heart. With an attitude of Aloha we can gain from the wisdom of the wind and the wisdom of the water and the wisdom of the soil and the wisdom of the trees and learn from the truths and revelations presented by the non-human community.” ~ Curby Rule
I am always struck by the similarities in spiritual and healing traditions in indigenous cultures all around the world. They all see the world as a living matrix of energy–the humans, the animals, the plants, the stones, the heavens and the deep earth. The ancient healing traditions of Hawaii have at their core the same deep reverence for the earth and the waters, and the same sharing of and caring for precious natural resources. The concept of aloha is similar to the principle of munay and ayni in the ancient Incan/Andean shamanic traditions. Munay is great love, and ayni is right relationship.