The Place Where You Are Now

The Place Where You Are Now

by Hafiz

This place where you are right now
God circled on a map for you.

Wherever your eyes and arms and heart can move
Against the earth and the sky,
The Beloved has bowed there—

Our Beloved has bowed there knowing
You were coming.

I could tell you a priceless secret about
Your real worth, dear pilgrim,

But any unkindness to yourself,
Any confusion about others,

Will keep one
From accepting the grace, the love,

The sublime freedom
Divine knowledge always offers to you.

Never mind, Hafiz, about
The great requirements this path demands
Of the wayfarers,

For your soul is too full of wine tonight
To withhold the wondrous Truth from this world.

But because I am so clever and generous,
I have already clearly woven a resplendent lock
Of his tresses

As a remarkable truth and gift
In this poem for you.

Loving You

Most human beings don’t know what it means to just truly be held and loved for exactly who they are.

If anyone is struggling, that is the greatest gift we can give somebody.

To love them exactly the way they are, for who they are, at this moment in time.

– Peter Crone

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Kia’i

Aloha e nā pua kaulana ʻo Hawaiʻi. ʻO Lāiana Kanoa-Wong kēia me ka huaʻōlelo o ka lā. Our Hawaiian word of the day is “Kiaʻi” let’s try that together mākaukau? “Kiaʻi” eō! Kiaʻi is a guardian or protector. One who has the kuleana or responsibilities of the protection and preservation of a person, place or thing. Used in a sentence “E hoʻolohe pono i nā kiaʻi” which translates as “Listen well to the guardians”. Our kiaʻi helped to maintain balance and order in the areas of their protection. In traditional stories, kiaʻi like Moʻoinanea and Lilinoe, would protect Mauna Kea, Meheanu was a famous moʻo guardian that protects the lokoiʻa or fishpond of Heʻeia. Mahalo to our many kiaʻi in our community who strive to protect and maintain balance in the beautiful pae ‘āina ‘o Hawaiʻi nei. E ola mau ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, aloha!

Love Enough

“There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer: no disease that love will not heal: no door that enough love will not open…It makes no difference how deep set the trouble: how hopeless the outlook: how muddled the tangle: how great the mistake. A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all. If only you could love enough you would be the happiest and most powerful being in the world…”

― Emmet Fox