We Hiked the Maha’ulepu Heritage Trail on Kauai

Affirmation

I reconnect to myself by reconnecting with nature.

Happy Saturday, my friends. We’ve begun our third and final week on Kauai and our first week of actual vacation.

After 15 years of coming to the amazing Garden Isle, we’ve been looking for new things do that we’ve never experienced before.

We love to hike and today we tackled the relatively easy, but stunningly beautiful Maha’ulepu Heritage Trail.

This two plus mike trail, actually trails, move along the sea cliffs of Kauai’s south shore from Poipu to the east.

Most of the trail is fifty to one hundred feet above the ocean. There’s a choice of an oceanside trail or a more inland trail through the jungle. We did the former on the way out and the latter on the way back.

These are the experiences we live for and come here expecting. Enjoy our adventure.

Aloha!

Ray

Latest Affirmation Video – One with Nature Affirmations

Here’s my latest affirmation video. This one includes affirmations for getting back in touch with nature. The video has beautiful nature footage and sounds along with some hauntingly beautiful Native American flute. Spend 10 minutes rejuvenating, refreshing, and reconnecting.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you are awesome!

Ray

Walking Among the Greats

I wrote this is, well, not quite a poem back in 1997. It’s about getting on your path and encountering the giants that came before you. It’s how you measure up.

On my journey this day, I follow in the footsteps of the immortals. The imprints they have left behind on the Earth are large and their strides are a stretch for me. Yet, if I dare not encounter them and measure myself by them, how shall I ever know the true immensity of my own being?

So, I step consciously into the light; walking the path they once walked. Leaving it, occasionally, and improvising. Adding to it qualities uniquely my own.

Breathing with the trees and conversing with the clouds, as once they did. Our collective wisdom grows until no distinction remains among the path, the immortals, and me.

Follow and achieve your greatness!

Ray

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Profound Moments – Day 225 of 365 Days to a Better You

In our hurry up world, it’s easy to miss the profound moments happening around us all the time. Our hurry disconnects us, I believe, from what’s authentic and real. Poetry is an amazing doorway into experiencing these moments. What the poems or what those moments mean is an experience utterly unique to you.

Today I’ll share two poems. The first was written by yours truly in 1993. It may not be world-class poetry, but describes a scene I experienced in my mind’s eye while listening to Music from The Hearts of Space.

Engaged!

In profound contemplation

on a gray wind-swept beach at dusk.

Reaching for a stone, I hurl it into the sea.

Wondering, as I do, whose universe I’ve shuddered.

And, how my universe has been fundamentally altered by the act.

Then I watch a seagull feed her young and listen as the sun sinks beneath the waves.

The second is a profound poem by the 8th century Chinese poet Li Po (also know as Li Bai).

“The Birds Have Vanished”

(English translation by Sam Hamill)

The birds have vanished into the sky,
and now the last cloud drains away.

We sit together, the mountain and me,
until only the mountain remains.

What are we touching in those moments of profound connection? Why does it touch something so deep within us? These are questions that must not be brushed aside by our hustle and bustle.

Wishing you all an amazing evening! That should be easy, as amazing as you are!

Ray

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Sun Beams in the Oregon Forest

Today’s Affirmation

 I am one with the forest. Being among the trees, I am completely grounded. Being with the trees, I am reminded to reach for the sky.

Few things are as affirming and restoring as a little time in nature. I have always had an affinity for the great forests of the Pacific Northwest…at least from afar. They have always been a place of mystical magic to me. Where I’m from in Kansas, a forest is three trees clumped together. But in Oregon, they have real forests and real magic.

My wife and I visited Oregon last fall with some friends. We were fortunate enough to capture some magic moments of sunbeams filtering through the trees in the morning. I’ve put these photographs together in a video collage.

May it affirm and restore you today.

Follow your bliss! Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.

Ray

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