The Power of the Green!

Aloha Kakou,

I hope all is well with you and your ohana! It's always a good time to smile and send aloha to your loved ones, or someone in your community... you just never know how a simple gesture of kindness may become a beautiful ripple within our community, and brighten the day of many. "It only takes one person to create a positive epidemic!" - Maka'ala Yates, my Kumu Lomi. So with that said... pink bubbles to everyone.. or maybe i should send GREEN BUBBLES this week! :) xoxo, Kamaile

I am happy to share about the POWER of the GREEN!

Listen mindfully to your reaction of just looking at this picture, how does it make you FEEL?

Listen mindfully to your reaction of just looking at this picture, how does it make you FEEL?

As I sat in my living room last week, to create a space of stillness (so that I can quietly think of all the ways to make it busy again, lol), I found myself in a deeper sense of peace just staring at my house plant. For a few minutes, I was taken away by the calm conversation that we seemed to be enjoying together (the plant and I), so I was intrigued to find out why this was such a moving moment towards inner peace for me. Which is the GOAL right?! :) It had occurred to me to not write about "cleaning" this week, and to simply be in recognition of the power and mana that this houseplant had in creating the same effect of VISUAL PEACE within my hale. As my efforts to COMMIT to a MEDITATIVE state throughout my week (notice I didn't say every day.. YET!), I was reminded that sometimes the 'doing' is in the 'not doing'. I know that I only just begun the thread of articles that focus on clearing and cleaning, and it seems somewhat contradictory to my previous blog, but as this article unfolds you will soon learn why we are still on track with our intentions of clearing space. This week I am INVITING YOU to again, just be the observer. You already should have your commitment and plan of action in place from last week's invitation to start with a small project or one daily chore to create VISUAL PEACE within your home, so this week lets just talk about bringing in Mana* with one of mother nature's best remedies.. Na La'au.*

Within the healing community, I have learned so much about natural remedies that our la'au* provide for us. I have learned how to pray and ask for them to show up for when someone is in need. I have learned how to gather with purpose by using protocol that my ancestors used for generations. I have learned how to apply the la'au lapa'au* as well as how to sometimes just observe the healing process as it naturally unfolds without intervention. I KNOW how getting in touch with the `Aina* is all I personally need to clear my cluttered mind and makes me FEEL AMAZING without a doubt! So it seems to be only common sense that we would naturally incorporate the mana of plants and all their health benefits within our homes, but that isn't always the case. Why? Time constraints to care for them?? Fear of them dying because you don't have a green thumb? Don't know which plant to choose? You don't have ample sunlight in your home? Or you live in an apartment and don't know how to incorporate it into your small space? Well, it's time to GO NATIVE (a Mantra Mele Kalama lives by!) Let's take a moment to stop to be a part of our `aina and to malama* our `aina, because it is a direct reflection of how we malama ourselves. Let's make time to water and nurture ourselves and our `ohana.* Let's make time to choose a companion that we invite into our homes wisely. As my Indigenous soap fortune recently said, "All beginnings require commitment", so lets make that commitment to another life.  Let's also be the welcomed guests within the arms of our land so we can plant, grow, and continue the circle of life. For without the nourishment of the`aina, we would soon cease to exist. More power to all of you and your green love! Make this valentines day a green day!

Love, Kamaile

The following are awesome tips and pictures of how to incorporate plant life into your home and the reasons why!

More & more of our local businesses are helping us be creative with plants. Visit PaikoHawaii.com for workshops & calender events!

Trending Now: Macrame Planters; Hand painted pottery in a simple color palette or with copper & gold accents; Air Plants & Succulents for easy care in any space. Give your spirit an outlet to create a new plant container for your home and reap the benefits daily. Noho Designs LOVES Once Again Succulents in Waimanalo! Check them out to see how you can create some green mana for your hale! Other photo credits go to heylilahey.com & atmine.com  

Trending Now:

Macrame Planters; Hand painted pottery in a simple color palette or with copper & gold accents; Air Plants & Succulents for easy care in any space.

Give your spirit an outlet to create a new plant container for your home and reap the benefits daily. Noho Designs LOVES Once Again Succulents in Waimanalo! Check them out to see how you can create some green mana for your hale!

Other photo credits go to heylilahey.com & atmine.com

 

Simple touches of green can create a bold impact in our lives. Make an effort to bring the mana of something green into your bedroom. - Photo credit: Gardenista.com

Education is key to any successful relationship. Take the time to learn about how to care for the friends in our home as well as how they in turn nurture us! 

Did you know that according to Joey Doherty, MA, LPC, CWC that house plants can: Boost your mood + Make you smarter & more creative + Reduce anxiety & stress + Improve your sleep + Many other benefits as his article on health reveals!

DYI In PDX is showing us how to think outside of the planter box, and to create from your na'au! Start looking around your home for items you can recycle, re-imagine & re-create, to not only help our environment, but to brighten your home with a little green! - Peace, love & happiness for all! :) xoxo k

*`Aina - Land; Malama- To care for; Na La'au- Plants; La'au Lapa'au- Medicinal plants; Na'au- Gut/Intuition; Mana- Life energy; `Ohana - Family