Tens of thousands of years ago, brave Polynesians followed the stars to the islands of Hawaii by canoe. With them, they carried roots, cuttings and seeds of their most precious plants, which would provide food, materials for clothing and shelter – life itself.
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My Present Abundance
I can’t believe that I am about to have a 4th baby!This year has been so full of abundance and creativity in all its forms. I feel the loving support of staff, students, community and family as we all excitedly await a sweet love baby into our Ohana.The past couple of weeks, I have been able to nest, rest, and spend some really special quality time with Justin and the Keiki.There has been so much love and anticipation in my household. I know this baby feels herself being surrounded with Aloha. The kids can barely keep their hands off my belly, kissing my huge opu every chance they get!
I never thought it could feel so good to hear, “Mommy, your stomach is so HUGE!”We have all tried guessing who she will look like: will she have black hair like mom? Blue eyes like Kala? Long lashes like La’au? Lei wants to name the baby Anna and change her own name to Elsa so they can duet “Do you want to build a snow man?” from Frozen.How I feel in my body is crazy! I forgot all the little things about being pregnant. The effort it takes to simply roll over in bed, the raging hormones, the constant heartburn, the sensation that your pubis is ripping open with each step you take and that if you cough or sneeze the baby might just fall out of your Piko.When I’m lying awake in the middle of the night, I feel like baby and I are the only ones awake in the whole house. If I give her a little rub, she’ll poke back at me and sometimes even follow my hand.
We have our own special bond that is just ours.I am imagining looking into her eyes for the first time and feeling her tiny little fingers and toes. This will be the last time that I will get to experience this miracle of life in this way. Birthing, nursing, and smelling that sweet baby smell is an opportunity that I am so grateful for.As the moon waxes to full between now and Sunday, I ask for prayers of support for her journey, for our journey.
I feel all the Kupuna standing behind me. I am supported by all the women who have participated in this sacred ritual ceremony of Birth throughout the ages.Thank you for all your thoughts and well wishes and know that they are felt. I can’t wait for you all to meet her.
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Welcoming a Bountiful Life
To bring ancient wisdom into modern times is a profound exercise in faith.Faith in the natural world, faith in the source, faith in love and in one’s self– these all come into play as we carry our ancestors’ teachings into the present. Such a practice is indeed a challenge, as we are all familiar with the stresses and pressures that the modern world throws at us– so familiar, in fact, that these feelings feel normal, and it becomes easy to forget what brings true joy and meaning to our life experience.
Are you taking time each day to remember that life is bountiful?
The funny thing about the past is that it brings the present–being present–back to us as a normal and bountiful aspect of our daily lives. It is normal and bountiful to be connected to nature, to the source and to others; Hawaiians have always known this, and it is in remembering such wisdom that we can infuse our world with bounty.
In ancient times, Kahuna La’au Lapa’au–the masters of healing in Hawaiian villages–would gather plants in odd numbers, always reserving one for the spirit ancestors.
Niu, while soothing to damaged skin, is also a powerful plant medicine that can help keep the skin from developing blemishes from aging and over-exposure to sunlight. Honey is also moisturizing, trapping and sealing in moisture to leave skin soft and supple. It also stimulates the growth of skin tissue, reduces inflammation and contains natural antioxidant properties that supply the body with vital nutrients. Put the two together, and with the loving Lomi touch you have a powerful and refreshing Coconut Milk and Honey Body Masque.‘Aloe, another soothing plant, helps the epidermal layers rebuild cellular tissue. This anti-inflammatory is rich in minerals and vitamins C and E, hydrates the skin and even prevents dryness by increasing the availability of oxygen to the skin. Our Aloe and Lavender Serum is cooling and replenishing, leaving your skin feeling fresh and new.
When we gather up the bounty of the ‘aina using plants from our own native botanical garden, infusing them with intention for our clients’ well-being, we are partaking in an ancient tradition of Hawaiian healing. Being a part of this practice, receiving loving touch and the healing benefits of La’au Lapa’au in connection with the life force of the land, brings ancient wisdom into modern living. Taking part in rituals of the past allows us to care for ourselves in a profound way and invites support and guidance from our ancestors who have passed on these original instructions for sustaining life in a vibrant way.