Aloha Ke Akua

Hey Insiders, welcome to the Well! Tonight I want to share a video/song by Nahko Bear (Medicine for the People), as well as the lyrics. I found the lyrics at The Pachamama Alliance’s blog. It’s an incredibly beautiful song with an entrancing video and powerful lyrics. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Lend your ears, lend your hands
Lend your movement
Anything you can
Come to teach, come to be taught
Come in the likeness, in the image of god
‘cause you can be like that
With all that humbleness and all that respect
All of the power invested in me
Be it hard to love my enemies
All of the black bags over the heads of the dead and dying
The more I understand about the human race
The less I comprehend about our purpose and place
And maybe if there was a clearer line that curiousity would satisfy
Time-based prophecies have kept me from living
in the moment, I’m struggling to trust the divinity
of all the gods and what the hell they have planned for us
I cry for the creatures who get left behind
But everything will change in the blink of an eye
And if you wish to survive
You will find the guide inside

I go back and forth every single day
The clarity it comes to me in the choppy waves
The feelings and the places and seasons change
The galaxies remain
Energy fields pulling our bodies to space
The angels that are composting the spiritual waste
The hate that gets me distant from my spiritual pace
Tenfold the manna when the planets are in place
In polar alignment
We’re on assignment
Bodies on consignment
Return ‘em to the circus
And what is the purpose?
What is the purpose?
And would you believe it
Would you believe it?
If you knew what you were for
And how you became so informed
Bodies of info
Performing such miracles
I am a miracle made up of particles
And in this existence
I’ll stay persistent
And I’ll make a difference
And I will have lived it

Aloha, Aloha
Ke akua, Ke akua
Aloha, Aloha
Kuleana, Kuleana
Aloha, Aloha
Ke akua, Ke akua
Aloha, Aloha
Kuleana, Kuleana

Each day that I wake
I will praise, I will praise
Each day that I wake
I give thanks, I give thanks
Each day that I wake
I will praise, I will praise
Each day that I wake
I give thanks, I give thanks

And the day that I don’t wake up
And transcend the holy make up
I am capable
I am powerful
The day that I don’t wake up
And transcend the holy make up
I am on my way to a different place

I’m not a leader
Just a creature
Seeking the features of a teacher
Whether you follow
Whether you lead
All the mysterious ways of nature
And I’m into it
Changing management
And there are various ways to conquer
This monotonous metropolis
My stubbornness is bottomless
My fearlessness is talkin’ shit
And I’m wide awake
And I’m taking names

Do you speak to me like you speak to god?
All of the love and understanding
Between the father and the son
Do you believe in the perfectness of where you are?
These are my people
These are my children
This is the land that I would fight for
My solidarity is telling me to patiently
Be moving the musical medicine around the planet in a hurry
‘Cause there’s no time to wait
Gotta wake up the people
Time to stand up and say
We know what we are for
And how we became so informed
Bodies of info
Performing such miracles
I am a miracle
Made up of particles
And in this existence
I’ll stay persistent
And I’ll make a difference
And I will have lived it

Aloha, Aloha
Ke akua, Ke akua
Aloha, Aloha
Kuleana, Kuleana
Aloha, Aloha
Ke akua, Ke akua
Aloha, Aloha
Kuleana, Kuleana

Each day that I wake
I will praise, I will praise
Each day that I wake
I give thanks, I give thanks
Each day that I wake
I will praise, I will praise
Each day that I wake
I give thanks, I give thanks

And the day that I don’t wake up
And transcend the holy make up
I am capable
I am powerful
The day that I don’t wake up
And transcend the holy make up
I am on my way to a different place

Aloha, Aloha
Ke akua, Ke akua
Aloha, Aloha
Kuleana, Kuleana
Aloha, Aloha
Ke akua, Ke akua
Aloha, Aloha
Kuleana, Kuleana

I’d love to read any thoughts or feelings in the comments. Thanks for stopping by the Well! 

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Your body on stress

Hey Insiders! Welcome to the Well.

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I’m feeling stressed out lately – which is most likely attributable to being in the final few weeks of the semester. Stress has a really powerful affect on the body, which makes it really important to take time to nice things for yourself.

I’m going to share an infographic of the affects of stress on the body. Enjoy:

 

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What have you been doing to take care of yourself lately? I’d love to read about it in the comments. Tonight I’m listening to music and writing some poetry. Thanks for stopping by the Well!

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My mantra arrived today

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I’m in the midst of busy weeks as the semester nears a close and graduation is on the horizon. I’m feeling pressure and anxiety. My plate is full, and my procrastination is on full blast (today, before doing any work, I managed to bake a cake, hula hoop, nap… you get the picture).

What am I doing to take care of myself during this time? That’s a good question, and it’s one that I’m asking myself every day.

I know how easy it is to beat yourself up when you are procrastinating, or when you have a million things to do. It’s easy to fall into the trap of scaring the shit out of yourself, imagining every worst possible outcome. It’s also easy to be mean to yourself, to neglect your needs, to forget to also have fun.

So, my self care plan for this next couple of weeks (and in general) is:

Appreciate procrastination. I have a track record of getting shit done even when I do procrastinate. Sometimes I just work better under pressure. I’m learning to embrace my work style, which is another form of self care.

Have fun. Hula hooping, chocolate cakes, making time for friends – all necessary components of balancing the grind with the unwind.

Cuddle my fiancé. Antonio and I cuddle often, and it makes my heart feel calm. I am making time to curl up on the couch and forget about my to do list.

Laughing. Antonio and I are great at laughing together, and I am great at laughing at my own jokes, and my friends are also great at making me laugh. So, I’m making time to take a laugh break.

Meditate. Every morning I take about 15 to 20 minutes to meditate and enter the day feeling centered. It makes a huge difference.

This list is longer, but I wanted to get to the most important point on the list, which is to BE NICE to myself. Going through the motions doesn’t mean a thing if you aren’t in it with your whole heart. You can do self care activities, but if you aren’t being kind to yourself with your words and attitudes, then it doesn’t matter what you’re doing. 

Today a mantra came to me. It’s my new mantra. I didn’t really have one before, so this is perfect. I was writing a note in my phone. I had the thought “I love myself no matter what anyone thinks of me.” And before I completed writing the whole thought, I stopped at, “I love myself, no matter what.” So, there it is.

I love myself, no matter what. Simple. All encompassing. Applicable to any situation. Great! I am very happy that this mantra came to me today; it feels like it’s arrived at the perfect time. I’ve been making a more sincere effort to be kind to myself, and I’ve been holding myself accountable (in a gentle and loving way, of course).

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What’s your personal mantra? I’d love to read it in the comments. Thanks for stopping by the Well!

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More reasons to laugh

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I’ve had an awesome day. Well, mostly an awesome evening, but we’ll lump everything under awesome for the sake of simplicity. I have been thinking about how much my fiancé and I laugh together and how great it feels. Laughter not only feels good, it is good for your health. In tonight’s post I’m sharing an infographic about the benefits of laughter. Enjoy!

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What makes you laugh? I’d love to read about it in the comments. Thanks for stopping by the Well!

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Detox without giving up food

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Today’s infographic gives us a variety of foods that we can incorporate into our diets to help decrease the amount of toxins we have in our bodies. Eating detoxifying foods is a great way to maintain a clean body. This list is full of accessible items you can find right at the grocery store.

 

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What’s your favorite way to detoxify? I’d love to read about it in the comments. Thanks for stopping by the Well!

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Sandpaper exfolient? Heck yeah!

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I’m on an infographic kick lately because I’ve been writing my eyeballs of in other areas of my life (school, work, journal). Fortunately, I am in the final weeks of my MSW, which really exciting for me but not great for this blog. Luckily, there are so many awesome cool visually pleasing infographics out there on wellness topics that I can share with all my pals here at the insider well!

Please enjoy this jaunt into the history of skin care, as well as a look at some tips for taking care of your fleshy self.

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Have you ever used sandpaper to exfoliate your skin? (Ouch!?) Anonymous over at Market Treasury has, and this is what they have to say:

“I’ve been using a P240 grade sandpaper to dull out my acne scars for the past month. I’ve been taking it slow and giving my face a lot of time to heal in between each scrubbing.

It seems to be working. Yes, there is discoloration (hyper pigmentation)but I’m hoping to even out the rest to the same tone before long.

So there you have it. My scars are fading and I didn’t spend a dime (I found the sandpaper in a tool cabinet). I was hesitant to try it out but after all the peels I’ve done I figured I could handle a little sand paper. With a few pore cleanser applications I should be able to get rid of the residual lines the scraping causes. And, of course, cheap, at home chemical peels will keep my skin very near matching tones.

I’m sorry, but I lost the option to model once the scarring developed….and I’m broke.”

I’d love to read your favorite skin care tips in the comments. Thanks for stopping by the Well!

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Tapeworms, acid, duodenum… what do they have in common?

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Tonight I’m going to share an infographic from Advanced Physical Medicine about digestion. It can be easy to take for granted all of the magic that goes on after you take a bite of a sandwich (if you are into sandwiches…). I hope this can reignite or inspire passion for the dance that happens between your guts and your food.

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I discovered probiotics (for myself, I didn’t actually discover them… Elie Metchnikoff did) and it’s worked wonders on my digestion. I’m like a new woman! What’s your favorite trick to optimize digestion? I’d love to read about it in the comments. Thanks for stopping by the Well!

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