“True meditation has no direction or goal. It is pure wordless surrender, pure silent prayer.” – Adyashanti
Caring for everything that can be seen, heard, smelled, tasted, touched, sensed, and imagined as if it were the most important thing in the universe had been lived as a spiritual practice in Hawaiʻi from antiquity up to as late as the 1980’s, though in dwindling numbers. It was so much a part of the culture that it needed no name. Today, it’s called the ‘ALOHA spirit,’ but to the Hawaiians of old, living ALOHA was a part of the culture. To feed a stranger passing by – that is pure aloha.
We need to start letting ourselves live ALOHA once again – or more accurately: be lived BY ALOHA. THIS is what makes positive change in the world. It is the HEIGHT of ego to think that we know better than ALOHA or that we need to “interpret” for others ALOHA’s Guidance.
ALOHA is the spirit of all existence. It is the life force energy of the universe. It is the True Nature of Reality. It is the underlying consciousness of All That Is. And we are being asked by Hawaiʻi’s keepers of the secrets to return to It – to remember we ARE It and let ourselves be lived BY It – which was how the care of everyone and the environment was perpetuated in times of old.
After making the commitment to let yourself be lived by ALOHA, learning to meditate is the first step on the path toward that end; a step that will stay with you the rest of your life if you are serious about your commitment.
True meditation, called shamatha vipashana (or mindfulness awareness meditation), predates all religious and secular traditions, though it is used in one way or another by each of them. Undertaken as a dedicated practice, shamatha vipashana allows the mind to relax and settle so we can reconnect deeply with and allow ALOHA to live us.