Dr. Addison Bulosan here all the way from Kaua’i, Hawai’i. With all the challenging things happening all around the world I can’t help but find myself asking a very simple question, “Where do I stand with all of this?”
I live on a rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean yet the challenges around the world still reaches me and has gotten me rattled. In these very moments I search for ways on how I can help our world recover, heal, and be better. We all wonder how we can be part of the solution and I want to share with you a way that I have chosen to be, that just might make all the difference for you.
It all starts with Aloha.
No, it’s not just about saying Hello. Or saying Goodbye. And no, it’s more than just the understanding that Aloha means love as well.
It’s the literal meaning that pervades through the culture here in the Hawaiian islands that when many of you visit you feel once you step onto the island. The literal meaning of Aloha is “the presence of breath” or “the breath of life.” In traditional Hawaiian language “Alo”, meaning presence, and “Ha”, meaning breath. According to the old Kahunas (teachers), Aloha was the acknowledgement of life within each person and that life is precious and requires a set of characteristics to honor it.
So when we say Aloha to each other here in Hawai’i, we are acknowledging the life within you and showing you respect and honor.
But it doesn’t end there.
Aloha is also a way of life. Aloha is the coordination of mind and heart within each person and of their surroundings. In other words, Aloha is living in harmony.
Aloha is broken down to 5 characteristics of being in which allows for harmony to occur:
Akahi – kindness, express with tenderness
Lokahi – unity, express with harmony
Olu’olu – agreeable, express with pleasantness
Ha’aha’a – humility, express with modesty
Ahonui – patience, express with perseverance.
Given the circumstances many face in today’s challenges, can you imagine if those who encounter these difficulties embodied Aloha in their actions and thoughts?
I see this happen every day here in Hawai’i and it’s to no surprise that Hawai’i is one of the healthiest and happiest place to live in the United States. We’re lucky here at The Specific Chiropractic Center to be able to share with you this message and understanding of the culture here in Hawai’i, because between you and I, there needs a little more Aloha to be shared around the world.
Dr. Addison Bulosan