Ocean Affirmation – The Affirmation Spot for Monday July 13, 2009

This is my very first attempt at putting real video up on YouTube. The footage was captured on Oahu’s North Shore during our recent trip to Hawaii. The video includes a beautiful quote by the poet Rumi and an Ocean Affirmation.

About This Affirmation:

This affirmation can really be used in different ways. It’s great for relaxation or for experiencing a little oneness with nature. The concept of merging your breath with the rythym of the ocean is very peaceful and meditating.

Hope you enjoy. Comments are welcome.

Stay inspired!

Ray

2009 Affirmation

“This year I am absolutely committed to being the person I came here to be!”

Ray’s Hawaii Photos

Today’s affirmation is:

“I allow the beauty, spirit, and power of these islands to infuse every cell of my being!” (click the affirmation to get great mp3 affirmations at The Affirmation Spot)

Thought I would post some of the photographs from our recent trip to Hawaii. For those of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you saw me posting during the trip. Here are some visuals to go along with the words. Truly, this beautiful paradise sitting in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is beyond words.

Travel is a huge motivator for many people. We absolutely love traveling and our favorite place of all favorite places is Hawaii. I went through many struggles in my teens and 20’s. There was a time in my life when I would have thought vacations like this one or many other goals were impossible for me.

If you’re feeling down today or going through a rough time in your life, I want you to look at these images and let them awaken you. Everything is possible. Today you don’t have to do anything except believe that. Believe that your today is not all you are or all you are capable of being. THERE IS SO MUCH MORE WITHIN YOU!

People who know my story of how I was on my deathbed at 25 often ask me how I got it turned around. That’s it! That’s the secret. I believed. Even in the toughest moments, it is absolutely possible. I knew more was possible for me. I knew I was destined to do something.

Whatever your goal or dream and where ever you are along the path to achieving it. Believe…just for today!

Stay inspired and enjoy the photos.

Ray

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Hawaii Photos – The Affirmation Spot for Saturday September 6, 2008


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If you’re like me, you could probably use a little diversion about now. Summer is winding down and the political season is heating up. Today I thought I’d share some photos from somewhere many of us would love to be – Hawaii!

My wife and I have been fortunate enough to visit paradise each of the past two years. She is, in most cases, the photographer. Here are a few of the beautiful photos she has taken on those two trips.

Enjoy your few minutes away from the real world and Aloha!

Ray

Beautiful Oahu from the air
Beautiful Oahu from the air
Newest land on Earth at Kilauea Volcano
Newest land on Earth at Kilauea Volcano
Lava flows into the ocean at night off Hilo, HI
Lava flows into the ocean at night off Hilo, HI
Sunset at beautiful Waikiki Beach Honolulu, HI
Sunset at beautiful Waikiki Beach Honolulu, HI
Palm trees everywhere you look!
Palm trees everywhere you look!
Rainbow over the Honolulu skyline the day our cruise sailed
Rainbow over the Honolulu skyline the day our cruise sailed
Moon over the Pacific
Moon over the Pacific

"We were here" photo at Kilauea's main vent

I call Maui the postcard island because there is a postcard shot everywhere you look. Outlook on the Road to Hana
I call Maui the postcard island because there is a postcard shot everywhere you look. Outlook on the Road to Hana
More beautiful Maui
More beautiful Maui
Jungle waterfall on Maui
Jungle waterfall on Maui
beautiful flowers everywhere!
beautiful flowers everywhere!
Flower with the blue Hawaiian sky as the background
Flower with the blue Hawaiian sky as the background
ATVing on Kauai - "The Garden Island"
ATVing on Kauai -
Fire dancer at a luau on Maui
Fire dancer at a luau on Maui
Beautiful Ka'anapali Beach on Maui
Beautiful Ka
Gorgeous blue water and palm trees in a cove on the Kona coast
Gorgeous blue water and palm trees in a cove on the Kona coast

Hawaii Part II: Your Personal Road to Hana – The Affirmation Spot for Tuesday May 6, 2008

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“I am a visionary. I see and respond to trends well ahead of the pack.” (repeats 3 times)

“You are a visionary. You see and respond to trends well ahead of the pack.” (repeats 3 times)

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Good morning! My apologies for the sporadic posts of late. We returned from Hawaii to a lot of work and then I got blasted with some bronchitus. I’m human like everyone else.

Today is part two of our Hawaii trip and, of course, it would not be The Affirmation Spot if I failed to tie it to something in our lives.

We left our intrepid voyagers sailing from Hilo to Maui on Day 3 of their trip. We awoke to see the beautiful Western Maui mountains from our balcony as we cruised into Kahului, Maui.

The harbor in Kahului is a working harbor. Normally, you find ships and barges being unloaded by giant cranes and lines of trucks ready to supply island’s ever-growing need for supplies.

It’s also not unusual, morning or night, to see some of the local canoe racing clubs practicing on the course laid out in harbor.

Our Day 1 Maui excursion was the Road to Hana. Hana is a small, remote town on Maui’s southeast coast. The area was one of the last on the island to be modernized. There was no paved road to the area until 1926. The town is situated between a giant rainforest and the coast. It is also the heart of Maui’s cattle industry and you can see the odd sight of cattle grazing right next to white sandy beaches.

For those of you who have never been, “The Road to Hana” spans 52 miles from the port and features, 617 curves, 56 one-lane bridges, many more two-lane hairpin turns around jagged rock, and sheer drops that reveal some of the most unspoiled coastline in the islands.

There are places along the Hana Road that are just too beautiful not to stop. April snapped these photos during our stop at Honomanu Bay.

   

There was lush rainforest foliage and majestic jungle waterfalls. The African Tulip Trees were in full bloom.

   

 What begins as a 52-mile drive turns into quite a journey and experience. Because of the mountain roads, it takes about 3 hours to get to Hana (and that was on a nice day). The road, the awesome beauty, the changes from jungle, to jagged coastline, to farmland remind me of our lives.

We start with the best of intentions on a straight line towards our goals in life. Along the way, life has its twists and turns like The Road to Hana. We have to adjust and deal with the curves and not let them distract or deter us from our goals.


 As we gain wisdom, we come to understand that the unexpected detours are often what adds the value and the meaning to our experience of life. Without them, our lives would be mundane and boring even if they might be easier.

In the end, if we ride the curves and stand by our dreams we are rewarded for the effort. On the Road to Hana that reward comes at the magnificent Halekala National Park. The O’heo (Seven Sacred) pools and an awe-inspiring view of the untamed Pacific are the reward on this journey.

   

 Here nature fills your senses demanding that you take stock and reflect on your journey. The sound of the wild Pacific pounding against the Maui coast drowns confusion and doubt. It washes away care and concern and leaves you feeling at one with all you see. This is definitely worth the journey!

This is the feeling we experience when we achieve our goals and dreams too. All the hardship we experienced along the road is graciously welcomed as experience. All the naysayers and negatives vanish like the ghosts they always were. We are left in awe that we could be so blessed.

Maybe today you are only on curve 201 of 614 on the way to your dream. That’s Ok. Maybe one of the beautiful sights along the way has momentarily distracted you. Don’t sweat it. If your dreams have meaning, you will continue on the road. You will get back on track and you will finish your personal Road to Hana.

I know you can do it! Those who turn back never see the dreams. Those who continue the journey one day at a time will find their reward.

Stay inspired!

Ray

 

 

 

 

Remember to Reward Yourself – The Affirmation Spot for Wednesday April 30, 2008

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Today’s featured affirmation is:

“I know what achieving my goal feels like. I know what it smells like and tastes like. I know what achieving my goal looks like and sounds like. I envision my life with my goal attained.” (repeats 4 times)

“You know what achieving your goal feels like. You know what it smells like and tastes like. You know what achieving your goal sounds like and looks like. You envision your life with your goal attained.” (repeats 4 times)

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April caught this rainbow framing the Honolulu skyline before our cruise sailed.There is one thing that is so often overlooked by people pursuing business, spiritual, or personal goals. You have to remember to reward yourself once in a while.

It’s easy to get caught up in the pursuit and forget to enjoy the fruits. Our big reward this year was our trip to Hawaii. We spoiled ourselves a little by going two years in a row, but we’re worth it and so are you!

Your reward is whatever rejuvenates, refreshes, or reinspires you to get back on the path or back in the fight. Take the time to figure out what those things are and use them as the carrots that spur you along as you pursue your objectives, goals, and dreams.

If I gave you 60 seconds right now, could you name five things that do that for you or your family? You need to know these things and keep them in front of you to help you through the tough spots that inevitably come into our lives.

Reward yourself! You’re worth it. Your family is worth it. 

April and me are starting a vision board. It’s a term that describes the latest incarnation of the old goals board. You place pictures, items, and words on a board that keep you focused on your goals and their rewards. They need not be things. They can be experiences. They can be changes you want to see in the world. Whatever inspires YOU!

Trendy, yes I know, but it’s a very effective way to help you visualize where you are going, what keeps fuel in your tank, and why you are doing that 16-hour day today.

Hawaii Part I

OK. I promised some play-by-play of Hawaii and some pictures. Today is part one. I will work the rest of the story into upcoming posts.

April 18 and April 19

We arrived in Honolulu on Friday April 18 and checked in to the beautiful Pacific Beach Hotel on Waikiki. April snapped this gorgeous photo of the sun setting with sailboats in the foreground.

The sand was white and soft and the sunset was memorable. We enjoyed a small taste of the Waikiki night life taking in some hula dancers and a local band at the outdoor hotel coffee shop.

Saturday we enjoyed some shopping and sightseeing near the beach before boarding Norwegian Cruise Line America’s Pride of America. The ship sailed at 8 p.m. leaving the lights of Honolulu behind and setting course for Hilo.

April 20

Sunday morning we arrived in Hilo and managed to catch the site of one of the few lingering humpback whales that had not left yet for Alaska. We had a date with the world’s most active volcano Mt. Kiluwea. Our maiden excursion on this cruise was an eight-mile bike ride around the rim of the volcano.

The weather was chilly and rainy and felt more like Seattle than Hawaii. However, the volcano did not disappoint. The photo shows April and me decked out for our rainy bike ride with the volcano’s main vent spewing in the background.

That evening the ship backed up along the Hilo coast allowing us to see the volcano at night.

While not as impressive as last year, Kiluwea was hard at work creating the newest land on Earth. April got this photo of two lava streams flowing into the ocean and the smoke being generated as 2000 degrees meets the cool waters of the Pacific.

That night we enjoyed a beautiful night at sea with a near full moon lighting the way. We slept with sliding glass door to the balcony open and drifted off to sleep to the gentle rocking and hypnotic sound of the placid Pacific.

 

…to be continued

Rewards, my friends, whatever yours might be are so important. Keep them in front of you. Don’t feel guilty for experiencing them. They are the sweet nectar gleaned from your hard work, your patient striving, and your hard-won success.

Stay peaceful stay positive stay prosperous!

Ray

 

 

Happy as You Want to Be – The Affirmation Spot for Saturday April 25, 2008

Well, our beautiful cruise in Hawaii is drawing to a close. I am planning a detailed blog when we return describing our wonderful experience.

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” I was struck with this today while waiting in line for two eggs over easy in the cafe on the ship. I listened as another passenger berated the cook about her poor experience aboard ship and how she’d heard from other people how much better other ships are.

This is April’s and my second Freestyling trip aboard Norwegian and we love it. This woman was complaining about the food, the service, the excursions…just about everything to this poor cook who has been working his tail off all week to take care of our needs.

I got to thinking that NCL is not responsible for this woman’s happiness on her vacation to Hawaii. She is. It’s a metaphor for all of us.

Our company and our boss are not responsible for our happiness at work. What we make or don’t make of our jobs is up to us. The same is true in every area of our lives. We are responsible for our own happiness. It’s not our parents or friends or circumstances or income that create or deplete our happiness. It is us and our mindset. It is our willingness to change what we don’t like and try to make it better.

Lincoln was right. We are about as happy as we make up our minds to be. Are you as happy as you want to be? If not, it’s time to do something about it. We all have the capability and the talent to change our situation for the better and make ourselves happier.

The question is will you?

Aloha from mid ocean between beautiful Kauai and Oahu.

Be peaceful Be positive Be prosperous!

Ray

Be Here Now! – The Affirmation Spot for Saturday April 19, 2008

Very short blog today. April and I arrived in Honolulu yesterday. This morning we were sitting on the beach at Waikiki. I started thinking about our schedule for the week and our intinerary for returning home and , then, I stopped myself. I remembered Ram Dass’ old book Be Here Now.

That’s really what it is all about. We spend a lot of time in the past and the future. Now is what we have and the quality of our lives is diminished when we are not present in this moment. Everything we can do anything about, everything that is real and important is right here in this moment.

The past is the past. The future will care for itself. We need to be fully present, fully engaged in the now. That is where our peace, happiness, and fulfillment are to be found.

Then I was able to enjoy my morning on Waikiki. Appreciate and experience it the way I intended.

We have already been getting a heavy dose of that Aloha spirit. So many people from so many places here and everyone getting along. It is possible for the world, not just Hawaii, to be that way.

May you be who you are and where you are today without qualification and thrive in the present moment.

We’re on to the our cruise this evening.

Aloha!

Be peaceful Be positive Be prosperous!

Ray