“I’ll never forget the day I met Kit: It was 2007 and his first day working at the non-profit that I was employed at. I was immediately drawn to this local haole boy because of his positivity, nurturing energy and an undeniable light that shines from within his naʻau (heart-mind).
While his friendship and tutelage has helped me discover how to use mindfulness to manage my stress, one of the most important gifts that mindfulness has given me is the ability to guide myself through an asthma attack. For me an asthma attack leads to panic and then an anxiety which further escalates the inability to manage my breathing.
Mindfulness has taught me to settle my mind, calm my nerves and “just be.” The steps that I take to be mindful of what is actually happening helps me slow down my mind and my breathing which leads me out of an asthma attack.
Through our friendship I have also been blessed to see how to live a life of ALOHA intentionally. Kit practices Hawaiian values that are the cornerstones of ALOHA: living a balanced life; being kind to others around him; practicing humility; and being patient with others as they begin & continue on their journey through meditation & mindfulness.
My friendship with Kit has helped me to be a better and healthier person.”
~Celia Kahealani Chang Takahashi