“Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” – Rumi
My friend showed me this quote in Hawaii, and I’ve been thinking about it non-stop ever since. For a long time, I have always judged things that I do. I can always do better. I can always try harder. I must achieve the next goal. The last time I was in Hawaii, I applied this to my surfing. There’s something so magical and peaceful about being in the water. But I was always eager to catch a wave. It became the end goal. I remember paddling so furiously to catch it that I realized I was going no where. I had completely disregarded the now here.
Three years later I’m back on the island, surfing some of the most epic beaches in the world, and it feels strangely like home but different. The waves are the same, but this time, I’m living the ebb and flow. No where to go, nothing to do. Just being. Sometimes I sit in the line-up forever. Sometimes I catch a gnarly ride. Sometimes I nose-dive. But one thing remains constant. I keep moving with the water, and I’m ok. There’s no longer judgement, no good/bad, no right/wrong. Life is good when you choose to flow with it, and in the end, that’s all you can do.
There’s something majestic about Hawaii. Not only the way of life but the outlook on life. I hope to keep this with me always.
Aloha – Alo means to share in the present moment. Oha is joy. Ha is life energy. Therefore Aloha translates to meaning “The joyful sharing of life energy in the present” or “joyfully sharing life.” Viewed another way, Aloha means living in harmony.