Aloha ~ It is a rich word with many meanings to many people. We looked at some thoughts in Part One of our "Why Aloha?" series. Here, in Part Two we'll explorate some excerpts from the article "Origins of Aloha" by Curby Rule of Aloha International:
The spirit of Aloha was an important lesson taught to the children of the past because it was about the world of which they were a part. One early teaching goes like this:
Aloha is being a part of all, and all being a part of me. When there is pain – it is my pain. When there is joy – it is also mine. I respect all that is as part of the Creator and part of me. I will not willfully harm anyone or anything. When food is needed I will take only my need and explain why it is being taken. The earth, the sky, the sea are mine to care for, to cherish and to protect. This is Hawaiian – this is Aloha!
As the child grew, the need for a fundamental code of ethics was taught. This code is found within a deeper layer of the meaning of the word Aloha. The code is derived from one of the acronymic meanings of Aloha.
A, ala, watchful, alertness
L, lokahi, working with unity
O, oia'i'o, truthful honesty
H, ha'aha'a, humility
A, ahonui, patient perseverance
Here at Aloha Wellness, we appreciate the concepts taught here. We find it a privilege to practice this code of ethics with you as we all work toward your greater health.
That's all for your lesson on Aloha today. Please take these ideas to heart and see how you can bring a little more Aloha to your job, family, and friends today.