Aloha Life: Personal Growth
In this section you will find the key proponents to a balanced life, or like I like to call it: A life inspired by aloha. You see, you don't have to live in Hawaii, be Hawaiian or play the ukulele and dance hula in order to be inspired by aloha. Living a life inspired by aloha, means living a life filled with peace, love and happiness. There are of course many ways to approach life, but my experience is that it is important that our lives have certain elements added to them. You will find your personal blend! Below I list the general blend that I believe brings happiness, health and overall wellness:
- Discovering deep self-love/culturing self-acceptance (and doing your best to spread that love)
- Knowing and mastering your mind.
- Yoga and meditation techniques (both the philosophy and physical practice of asana as well as other meditation/awareness techniques that increase personal growth and clarity of mind).
- Creative expression (can be so many things, f.ex. music, painting, dancing)
- Sports/physical activity (a walk in the woods or a surf session; it´s all the same!)
- Connection with nature and the present moment; some call this mindfulness (really seeing and appreciating nature and its beauty and miracles, and taking time to be in nature is essential to true health and happiness).
- Healthy living (meaning replacing bad habits with healthy ones, eating healthy food etc.)
- Being part of a supportive community (when we feel supported and encouraged we become more confident, compassionate and happy!)
This is of course very broad, and each person needs to find their own personal blend, however I have noticed that if one or several of these elements are missing from my life, I become unhappy (quickly). So I need to take an active position in my own life and make sure that these are included in my hectic, everyday routine life. And yes, I do believe that even in a hectic lifestyle, filled with work, kids, friends, family and a bunch of obligations it is possible to add all these elements and secure your lasting happiness. I believe if you lose track of yourself, and stop listening to your heart, and that wise, inner voice/guide that knows you better than anyone, you easily become unhappy and lost. It is a choice you make, and you need to be active in making that choice and infusing your life with the good stuff. You can choose to make sure that you still take time to laugh, play, be creative and silly in your hectic, daily routine. Your soul need to nourished with the things you love the most.
When I speak of discovering self-love, some might feel that it´s a bit narcissistic, but what I am trying to convey, is more of a feeling of moving toward deep self acceptance. It´s not so much about thinking or saying "I am the best in the world, so I just love myself (more than anyone else)," but more in the sense of "I am not perfect, but I certainly have some pretty awesome things about me, and I want to embrace everything about myself. I want to learn to love and accept wholeheartedly the fact that I am sometimes not perfect, but I am beautiful and bright, and I see and encourage and share those parts that make me that make me proud, self-confident and happy. I want to give myself the freedom to be me, with my greatness and my imperfections, changing moods, good and bad days, and love every second, every inch, every pound of that: every part of me living this life, this moment…" When we learn to embrace ourselves we become softer, our internal dialogue is nicer, and as a result we also tend to become softer and nicer with people around us: we realize we are in the same boat.
Personal growth is a choice. In order to make yourself feel good and happy and at peace, you need to make a choice to be in charge of your own mind, your inner dialogue and your reaction patterns. When you decide to be in charge of your own mind, you learn to understand yourself, to know yourself and you can change the way you experience the world and everything that you think and feel. It is all about perspective. For many of us, we need to let go of some of our limiting beliefs in order move on to more freedom in our lives. It is important that you realize that YOU are capable of so many things, and that you work to discover true self-love and acceptance. When you connect with the side of yourself that truly recognizes the beauty and wisdom you carry, you are happier, more free and you also show more love for everyone and everything that surrounds you.
Your life should be filled with light, joy and love. You life should be filled with happy, powerful moments that make you want to cry. You are unique, you are beautiful, you are amazing, wise and bright. Living a life inspired by aloha means shining your light brightly, sharing your gifts, your love, your positive energy. It means being balanced, at ease, serene, loving…and sharing that with the world:)