I am still basking in the glow of having spent two lovely weeks in Hawaii with my sister Chris. We stayed in a wonderful ocean-front condo just south of Kona on the Big Island. We relaxed, read fun novels, swam and snorkeled almost every day, visited the volcano, a coffee farm, a chocolate farm, and swam with dolphins! Photos are here

There is something about Hawaii – the soft warm air, the sweet smells, the luscious fruit, the warm water. I adore it. Floating weightlessly in the water with my mask and snorkel is one of my favorite “activities” – which is much more about “being” than “doing” – being supported, allowing the water to carry me, watching and enjoying the beauty of the fish and coral and sunlight patterns.

We returned home May 14, and it took me a few days to adjust to California time and California weather – it was a bit shocking to have to wear long sleeves and shoes! I was sad to leave Hawaii, and happy to be home – and I continue to weave the sweetness and flow of Hawaii with the special energy of home. I am choosing to be here and there at the same time!

Before my vacation, I saw this sweet video about the Dalai Lama visiting Hawaii! He and the narrator talked about the word “Aloha” and how similar it is to the Buddhist teachings of compassion. Wiki defines the word “Aloha” as meaning “affection, peace, compassion, and mercy”.

Interestingly, Reiki carries the energy of compassion and unconditional love. It allows us to touch with “Aloha”. And, it was brought from Japan to the West via Hawaii, by Mrs. Takata, who was born in Hawaii.

Now, when I use Reiki on myself and others, I choose to feel the energy of Reiki as well as Hawaii / Aloha. And, I choose to allow myself to drift and float in the support and love, and take a mini-vacation.

The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered:

“Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”