Can you imagine living on an island with just your husband, a computer, and one solar panel and one battery for power? One woman I met here in Hawaii does just that. She and her mate come to Oahu every year for about 6 weeks to charge up and gather supplies, but they live on Molokai on a large piece of land far away from civilization. They grow all of their own food, process their grains, and take care of the land and the animals. Additionally, they catch rainwater for a water source and do everything by hand. I admire their dedication and passion—I certainly could not do it.
For those of us who live amongst people, from time to time we may find ourselves in conflict with another. You may find yourself getting annoyed with someone in your family. You may have to deal with a rude cashier or waiter. You may get frustrated with someone on the road. We all have varying degrees of conflicts with others.
Now think about the last time you got in a fight with someone. When you were going up to them or initiating the conversation, did you anticipate a fight? Did you go into it with a defensive attitude? Did you say that this person seems to always be in conflict, so why would this time be any different?
I wonder sometimes what would happen if we all entered our communications with others in a state of mutual understanding. If we do not expect there to be a disagreement, it is likely that there will not be one. I came across an interesting exercise inspired by Deepak Chopra that I have been applying to my encounters recently. Stay tuned.
The Sanskrit word namaste (nah-mah-STAY) means “The spirit in me honors the spirit in you.” For those of you who have ever attended a yoga class may have heard this before. The exercise suggests that every time you make eye contact with someone, you silently say “Namaste” in your head. As you approach a person, bring “Namaste.” Your expression will soften, and you will be a more attractive person to communicate with. I have been enjoying the practice so far, and I recommend it!
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Aloha…means “hello,” “goodbye,” and pretty much anything that has to do with benevolence. Aloha!