Aloha Ke Akua

A few years back, when the walls felt as though they were tumbling down, I traveled across the US twice, honoring dreams and following signs.

It was a crazy time filled with healing, many tears, and a reservoir of hope that never ran dry.  Probably because everywhere I went, you know what I found?

Hawaii.

It was the map of Oahu on a shelf of a random book store  that I wandered into in Seattle near Pioneer.

The Pidgin accents of a black woman and a white man standing behind me on a plane to Newark.

The woman whose family was from Hawaii but who grew up in New Orleans speaking with a thick Cajun accent asking me: “Do you unna’stand?”

A Kauai Pride t-shirt picked up on a honeymoon that some dude leaving Houston on his way to Maryland was wearing.

An old friend, the kindness of strangers, family, everything. Hawaii radiated everywhere I went even though I was not physically in the islands.

As I looked out the ocean upon my first return, pride swallowed, ego deflated, and Heart broken wide open.  I laughed and cried as I looked out at the ocean because it was in that moment that I knew the only Truth that matters…

Aloha Ke Akua

Live Mindfully With Mobile Technology

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My teacher once told me:

“Everything is so fast nowadays, Dear, you’ve got the internet connecting everyone and phones that are like computers; time is speeding up!”

About a week later, the email system went down in our offices.  It was the slowest work day (that didn’t involve meetings, because my how those can drag) ever!  It makes sense that our experience of time would seem faster because of the mobile devices that help to keep us on the go.

My interest in Mysticism and spirituality is the foundation for everything in my Life. The other passions that I have, grow from it, and having a fascination with mass communication, I rather enjoy that technology allows us the ability to communicate and collaborate with someone in another part of the world.

In generations past, it’d take a hot minute to send correspondence.  In this day and age, an idea can trend with just a tweet!

Where once I’d read the sports pages, I read Bleacher Report.  And let’s be real, I read Elephant Journal more often than I flip through my Bible, my copy of the Bhagavad GitaThe Teachings of the Buddha, and other religious/spiritual texts. Apps and sites can be pretty insightful and helpful though in a strange twist of fate, I have switched from digital comic book reading to solely individuals books and trades.

As convenient and as quickly we can consume and find content, the Internet, Computers, Tablets, & Smart Phones can cause great problems.  I am as guilty as the next to be on a device too long or as a way to fill time.  I have been to dinners or out with friends and seen how we all interact with our phones as its going.  I have used the phone while out with my girlfriend.  Let’s not even get started with the amount of text conversations she has either man…

Which leads me to last night, as I journaled about a beautiful day we shared as she fell asleep and I had a moment to myself. I journaled observations from a loud conversation in Kaimuki’s Coffee Talk the day before that, and just a few days prior in the Starbucks below our studio.  All of these exercises of pen to paper were like an “a-ha Jason!”

Not entirely sure why, but something in me (my Inner Social Commentator) drove me to start logging things, expressing, and sharing as I once did on the daily.  It felt amazing.  I feel lighter, I even slept better last night, waking up without a stiff neck for the first time in months.

It reminds how important it is to disconnect in order to connect within. Whether you believe in a higher power or not, we all need to let the mind stretch out without filling it.

I’ve a feeling that I will still read most of my sporting news online and make sure I’m updating social media because it’s a part of my job and at times a bit fun.  But as I move forward, I am making it a priority to Live Mindfully With Mobile Technology.  How am I going to accomplish it!?  Glad you asked~

Set Journal Dates

Seeing how much I’ve enjoyed journaling as of late, it’d be easy enough for me to schedule these.  Five minutes here, fifteen there are just what the Inner Social Commentator above ordered!  If it feels good and is healthy without hurting another, make it happen!

Exercise Without

One of my resolutions this year was to do 100 Burpees for 100 Days.  I was inspired by the 10,000 Burpee Challenge and am doing a modified version because I need a day here and there to recharge and heal.  In January I did do 24 days and February is off to a great start as well!  That being said, I read a lot about sports on my phone while catching my breath between sets.  So, I am going to make a conscious effort to super-set where appropriate and read an actual book if I get the itch.  Who knows, maybe I’ll start buying the newspaper!

Paint

I very much enjoy abstract painting and listening to music.  Though I need the muse to create, I could bust out more of the #OceansOfConsciousness series and see where the brush leads me for fun!

Turn Off My Phone An Hour Earlier

A cousin of mine shared that she and her future husband wouldn’t allow usage after a certain time (except for emergencies). I’ve started turning the phone off at night more in the last few months and think I can start to shut it off even earlier to either paint more or…

Read!

I love to read!  I have always loved to read!  It’s probably why I write so often.  I know that I can’t force myself to write books because that really needs the muse but why not read in the meantime?

In Closing…

When I write and read this out, learning to be mindful with technology in my Life ain’t all that bad.  I’m constantly reminded each day how lucky I truly am and I want to take even fuller advantage of that because the moments where I walk around and am awed by Life are truly magnificent.

As great as an Instagram photo can be, all of that exists all around us!

Hawks’ Cry

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#WorstCallEver was trending one day…

Now #WhatsNext is the rallying cry you say?

Much like in our own lives when

One makes what other’s view a horrid decision

Yet made sense for you in that moment and

Now, some way, somehow caused an unforeseen, cataclysmic collision!

#WorstCallEver perhaps that is true & without the glory

But #WhatsNext will add even more greatness to the story…

Just like in the ocean, a high is followed by a low

All balances itself out & High tide will wash back to cleanse the Spirit

Especially with the losses experienced in Life, oh my, how this is True!

So relish in these tears, for I promise, once more you will shout!

A Champion With Heart Lasts Forever

Now #Believe and there will be no doubt…