Some of the greatest thoughts have come to me from Hawaii. I think it’s no coincidence that the “J’s” as I like to call them, are based there too. The one that has really been on my mind for the past couple of weeks is called Ho’oponopono. If you aren’t familiar with the practice, I found a good description at The Light Some Life Blog. It is defined as the “ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness.”
At its most basic, it is a short prayer or mantra that you can recite out loud or to yourself, often to help resolve conflict (internal, or with someone). I’ve been using it as the “gift” I give to people (silently) when I meet them. I’m not an expert on this practice, but it reminds me a lot of the readings we’ve been doing.
I also use it when I’m consumed with negative thoughts about someone. I try the whole “Law of Substitution” to replace negative feelings and thoughts with something positive and constructive. I like the idea of taking personal responsibility for the conflict, of recognizing our connectedness.
It’s been a tough couple of weeks for me. This whole process has stirred up a lot, and I’m facing some pretty big decisions with a lot of serious repercussions and potential conflict. I’ve always been good at making hard choices, when needed, but feel like life is moving too fast for me to really sit down and reflect. To think. I’ve been getting my Sit in, but usually at night before bed and I almost always fall asleep on the living room floor. I haven’t done my press release. Not because I can’t make time for it, but because I don’t know what to say. I thought I knew what I wanted going into this process, but all this cement-chipping has really messed with that vision. I don’t want to make any hasty moves, but I don’t like indecision. I want to know what I want and go for it. Sigh.
This is definitely a process that can’t be rushed. I think that’s why I have faith in it. Ho’oponopono is helping with the day-to-day survival too!