All posts tagged: spirituality

Umibiraki

  Yurihama is the sister city of Hilo and I was incredibly blessed to dance at the annual Hawaiian Festival one summer. On that trip, after meeting with government officials, we were whisked away to a beach and participated in an umibiraki ceremony. The ceremony was led by a Shinto priest tasked with declaring the sea “open and safe for swimming”. School children were then led by their teachers down to the ocean for a dip, officially kicking off the swimming season. Most Japanese adhere to the swimming season, so it was lovely to witness a formal ritual for something we take for granted in Hawaiʻi, where swimming season is year-round. Lately, I’ve been feeling like the world around me is so much more casual than I’m used to and it’s probably because there is not enough ritual in my life. For me, transitions marked by ritual, give me necessary pause. They allow for reflection on what has transpired and for visioning on how to progress into a next phase, so if I’m feeling like marked transitions are necessary for my own well-being, then perhaps incorporating ritual more intentionally in my life is a good …

Weekly Photo Challenge: Now

I am meekly standing amongst all that is Kūkaʻōhiʻalaka, in the mist that drenches you without you even noticing, and welcoming Kānehoalani. I am still in awe of Ke Ala Polohiwa a Kanaloa two nights ago and especially during this particularly rainy season of Lonoikamakahiki. It’s kapu hua, so no ritual. I just needed to press the “reset” button this morning and get back to basics. There’s really nothing more basic, and profound, than slowing down to witness and drink in the beauty happening around us every day. May you all have a magical holiday season. … in response to Now Some interesting reads: Kino Lau: Finding the Spirit of the Divine in the Ordinary World Moon Phase Project Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (of particular concern for cultural practitioners)  

Just BEing…

Surrender your existence to existence. Discover your spontaneity. To entertain the belief that you know what you are going to do in the future or next week is a madness. What a restriction, a limitation and a repression. Life flows spontaneously and is infinitely greater than all your plans or intensions put together. Why spoil it with hasty and vain projections? Let it be whatever it will be. Give up trying to manipulate. This is Freedom. ~Mooji Could it be that simple? Can one find happiness by allowing themselves to abandon control over the external world? I decided to put that theory to test and follow the advice of spiritual teacher, Mooji. I canceled all engagements for the day, left my phone at home and granted myself the freedom to be absolutely spontaneous. With a full tank of gas, I jumped in my car and headed east. I had no destination in mind, no set plans, no expectations. A quick stop through downtown Hilo for provisions permitted a few minutes relief from an hour-long drive. …

Lingering in Liminal Spaces

Transitions are difficult, but necessary and serve to usher us from one reality to another. For many of us, they are uncomfortable and the best way to get through them, is quickly. Transitions are meant to be temporary, but serve a very important function for the individual, which is to provide the time and space for reflection and acclimating. I’ve grown to liken it to a calm harbor, a place to drop anchor temporarily, take stock of the journey, rest, and prepare for the next leg. I had not always been cognizant of honoring transitions until I returned to hula 7 years ago. As an adult, I had grown serious and single-minded, my only priority being my career. Hula always brought out the best in me, and being older, the reawakening and aligning of self felt like a homecoming. It was evident that for far too long, I wasn’t entirely engaged in life, particularly on the physical, spiritual, and artistic fronts. Hula gave me what was desperately missing in my overly sensible and cerebral life. And so …