Writing my way through the A-to-Z blogging challenge, I’ve tasked myself with exploring the concepts of pronoia (the belief that the universe is conspiring to shower us with blessings), quiety (serenity) and peace – all through the lens of unusual, obscure, or simply delightful-to-me words.
K is for…
Ka ‘ohi nani – a Hawaiian word meaning “gathering beauty.”
I’ve recently come back from a retreat where I had a chance to do some deep reflection on my life – where I’ve been and what’s calling to me now. It was such a rich transformational experience. When it came time to return home, I was caught in a bit of dissonance. Between weather delays and airplane malfunctions I had to unexpectedly spend many hours in the airport, with fellow travelers, many of whom were becoming increasingly distressed, agitated and unhappy. I believe we have way more power to choose what we’re willing to engage in and how we respond to things that we often allow ourselves to believe. And since I didn’t really want to move from my bliss-charged retreat state into agitation over something I had no control over, I sat with my journal and made a list of things I love. As I was doing it I realized I was gathering beauty. Ka ‘ohi nani.
It’s a randomly ordered, entirely incomplete, heart-happying list…
The secret decoder badge my husband gave me; my favorite color combination these days of deep turquoise and ruby red; Japanese paper wallets; how extraordinarily blessed I am to have such wonderful, talented, generous, and loving people in my life; my soul sister friends who provide endless doses of love, support, laughter, and sanity preservation; expansive teachings and deep rememberings; felted flowers, medicine bundles, and magical stones; natural perfumes; mehndi-adorned hands and secret messages written on my feet; libraries and long lists of books to delve into; fat bumblebees; handmade paper; scented herbal beads; lilacs and peonies, bleeding hearts and lily-of-the-valley flowers; anthropomorphic vintage salt and pepper shakers; my beautiful divinely-guided business; the luminous color of leaves in Spring; waterfalls; being gifted with feathers; Chinese wedding baskets; stumbling upon unexpected groupings of mushrooms and wondering if faeries are nearby; reading poetry; windy days where I’m certain if I simply put my arms out wide I could fly; saying hello to the moon; finding delightful surprises in my mailbox; wicker suitcases; polka dot bowls and my pink and gray china; folklore and fairytales; the kind heart of my brother; red shoes; fortune cookies; my quirky old house filled with eccentricities and love even if it’s no one else sees it quite that way; my nightly dream theatre; falling stars and rainbows; my weekly CSA delivery of local organic goodness; gingko leaves; apothecary chests and drawers filled with treasures; crows; mystery marathons on PBS; cryptic crossword puzzles; my Winky Lux lip balm with the tiny flower inside; handmade books and journals and zines; saying hello to trees on my walks; hanging things off every doorknob in my house; blossoming tea; weekly calls with my circle of beloved friends; flower essences; blitz kuchen; sacred geometry; misting my bed linen with some wonderful potion before settling in for the night; laughter and friendship; and most of all my life. This life, this life, this beautiful life.
What about you? What beauty have you been gathering? Do tell – you know I’d love to hear.