Thursday, September 15, 2005

Embracing the Culture

Hawaii has a sort of hippy, laid back (some call it lazy) culture. They refer to this as the aloha spirit. I have been enjoying this "laid back" culture. After I finish work at about 2 pm each day, I enjoy the aloha spirit. I lay in the hammock, read a book, go to the beach, what ever I want. It is just a weird feeling, going from being busy for 14 hours a day to having some time to do what I want to do. Anyone who knows me, knows that since I was able to walk I have been on the go, now I just enjoy. I feel my self now looking for things to fill my time.

I think Jon and I will take salsa dance classes when he is in town. We joined the gym yesterday, however running out side is just breath taking so I will split my time between the gym (so I can do weights) and nature. For the first time yesterday I took a yoga class. I actually have time for fun stuff, it is just great. Lets see how long I can keep this up before I get board. :)

1 comment:

Heather Arthur said...

I received an email yesterday correcting me. I figured I would share it with you all.

"Just FYI, this attitude is better expressed as 'polynesian paralysis' or just as you said, hippie or laid-back. 'Aloha Spirit' is something quite different, this instead refers to the love and compassion the Hawaiian people are supposed to express to all. It is very much in alignment with the Christian way of life, which is maybe why this religion caught on here so well.

* Aloha
* is more than a word of greeting or farewell or a salutation. Aloha
* means mutual regard and affection and extends warmth in caring with no obligation in return. Aloha
* is the essence of relationships in which each person is important to every other person for collective existence. Aloha
means to hear what is not said, to see what cannot be seen and to know the unknowable.

Cut and paste the following link to better understand what it is supposed to mean. "

I stand corrected. Thanks for the info!