WHATʻS THE RUSH – rushing your Spiritual Growth doesnʻt get you there any faster

WHATʻS THE RUSH – rushing your Spiritual Growth doesnʻt get you there any faster

Scrolling through the SMʻs this morning Iʻm struck by how many people “like” and “love this” on the quick fix lists.

So I want to know – whatʻs the rush? If youʻre a Spiritual Seeker why are you rushing your development with Quick Fix Lists?

What are you rushing to or from? Itʻs true in our Teachings we often share Anakala/Uncle Pilipoʻs wisdom about making our way up the Mountain – but never does he tell us itʻs a fast trip!

Zooming up the mountain and getting there faster doesnʻt mean youʻll find what youʻre seeking when you get to the top!

Because when you get there, you might find thereʻs a new peak which you couldnʻt see before. And so the journey begins again. What you learned on your way up, is what equips you for the next peak. Where you are, which you thought was the top, is a plateau to rest for the next leg of the journey.

So being in a hurry means you might by-pass important Teachings that are the foundation for your next level of ascension. And where will that leave you? Ill-equipped for whatʻs next…

Hurrying towards the goal (whatever that is) is triggered by Need. Need stems from a sense of lack in some area of your life – maybe itʻs your stuff from the Past that you havenʻt fully resolved, maybe itʻs a sense of time running out, new information revealed or maybe itʻs just that youʻre in a hurry to “move on”.

But hurrying isnʻt the answer. Hurrying can cause you to skim over only the top level which gives the illusion that youʻre “doing the hana/the work”. For growth and change to occur, the learning has to be deep.

Going deep takes patience because just like the mountain, thereʻs depths within depths. Your job is to discover them all. As you do you will discover the pathway changes as you expand.

Expansion takes patience and persistance, thatʻs why we have the word “E hoʻomanawanui” – which literally means patience and fortitude or taking big(nui) time (manawai) to do (hoʻo) something.

Our Ancestors understood Patience and Fortitude are not easy to live by day to day. They are two sides of the same coin. One arises because of the other. If you are in a hurry, youʻre trying to CONTROL the flow of your life. Control in this context doesnʻt help, it causes you to hold on more tightly, which creates a sense of scarcity and hurry.

You think you are hurrying forward, towards something. But thatʻs not true. Youʻre not hurrying away from pain but hurrying deeper into it. Peddling backwards. Some people might call it “avoidance”. Only you will know.

So what to do?

▶ Acknowledging growth requires you to stop, step back and reflect deep into the REAL TRUTH. As you do, be aware of even the slightest, most subtle contraction, frission or glinch as you do. Your body is your physical sensory vessel that is most often the easiest to listen to – but remember, when your body tells you something, it has already happened at the Spiritual Level. The Phsyical is the last place you become aware of it.

▶ If your body feels the REAL TRUTH about your attachment to Quick Fix Lists, fast remedies or 5 Ways to…, listen to it without hilahila/shame or judgement. It is simply your expansion into REAL TRUTH – which is always the domain of the true Seeker.

Itʻs a sign of your Growth, lean into it…Aloha, Kumu Paʻa Julia Nālani x

🌺 PS Hereʻs how I can help you to REALLY grow and develop fast as a Healing Practitioner and/or Spiritual Seeker: join my Hawaiian Studies Club. Itʻs a community of Healers, Practitioners and Seekers just like you. Itʻs a real community filled with a variety of weekly learning opportunities led by me Kumu Paʻa Julia Nālani, unikiʻd 51st Generation Kumu Paʻa. In the Club I share with you Teachings, ʻolelo noʻeau/wisdom proverbs, weʻll explore Spiritual Intelligence – the intelligences of our Ancestors – and how to use these intelligences each moment of our living. Thereʻs a Hula and Oli as well + build your biz advice and Ask Me Anything Days. Thereʻs more of course – check it out over on the Hawaiian Studies Club Page or contact me to ask more…

Life in the SLOW Lane

Life in the SLOW Lane

The Slow Movement: slow down you move too fast, you’ve got to make these moments last…

For years we’ve been vocal advocates for the Slow Movement Movement! In our Healing Studio with Clients, in workshops, courses, Wise Guide Sessions – we love the slow!

Slow movement is all about slowing things down but it’s more than just taking time to stop and smell the roses. In fact, it’s not about stopping at all, which eases the horror when I tell someone it’s time to wind it back a bit…

Now, I never advocate what I haven’t tried myself, so for most of the last few years, I’ve really gotten into the movement of doing things real slow. And what’s the easiest way to try it out – through excercise.

Put your hand up if you rush through your stretching to get to the main event? Every time I’ve asked someone about stretching they all say the same thing “I rush through it to get it over and done with...” Well, that’s where just about everyone gets it wrong.

But stretching isn’t only about getting ready to do your exercises – strip back the traditional stretching activities like Yoga and you’ll remember that it’s all about the PROCESS of opening, exploring, being curious, interested and aware. So slow stretch before Yoga is necessary to get more out of it…

In the battle for the bikini body, it seems the message of Yoga (and all stretching actually) is getting lost.

Your spirit, mind & body love the process of “interested curiosity” and you’ll find that the effects of your stretching and follow-on exercises will actually last longer. The slower you go the longer the benefits stick around. I’d love to say slow movement is mindfulness, but I get stuck there as well because the word MINDFULNESS is so exploited its real meaning is getting lost somewhere too.

But I guess Mindfulness, the real kind, is probably the best description of the tool needed for slow movement effectiveness. After 5 years at Buddhist School, which seems a lifetime ago (or many lifetimes from the Buddhist perspective!) what I learned was the purpose of mindfulness was to end suffering by developing insight and the ability to be fully aware in the moment.

So whether it’s Mindfulness or interested curiousity, when it comes to a healthy Spirit, Mind and Body, the point is to take things slowly so you become aware of what’s actually stuck in there and put an end to it by releasing it…

…S L O W – GIVE YOUR BODY A CHANCE AND IT WILL SHOW YOU WHY IT LIKES TO GO SLOW RATHER THAN PUMPING THE PERSPERATION

☝ Let me explain how it works.

I’ve been rehabing a mysterious hip injury for at least 2 years and against my better judgement I took advice to stop doing Yoga. At the time I wasn’t so sure it was a good thing to do and now I wished I’d listened to my own inner knowing of what’s good for me.

Anyway, the good thing about not listening to myself was I returned to the roots of yogic practice. Even though parts of my job is physical, Lomiomi moves you in a different way. And when I wasn’t offsetting this because of my injury, my own muscle tone fell away.

At the same time, I’m thinking about why my original injury’s taking it’s time to heal. You know, what else is stuck in there? Cue SHAZAAM MOMENT! 🤸‍♀️ Of course, body wisdom. Your body always knows the answer to what’s needed if you give it (and yourself) time to team up and you do the listening rather than the doing. Bodies speak slowly…

All kinds of stagnant, stalled energy gets stuck in there. Some of it is years old that’s gotten stuffed in there. But it can’t get out if you keep stuffing more on top of it. And that’s where the slow movement – literally, slow movement, comes in.

When you go slow, you also have to start engaging with your breath differently, you don’t have any other choice. So your breath becomes your super-charged power weapon. Think Tai Chi, Qi Gong and all those other slow moving activities (watch a video if it seems so out of your stratosphere that you couldn’t possibly imagine moving so slowly) – and what do they have in common? Go to the top of the class!

👉 Slow movement allied by the slow movement of the breath kills the lower order thinking mind’s (the Ego) need for distraction and aversion – especially to those things that are actually good for it. The Ego acts this way because it never lives in the present – which is part of mindfulness training and also the tool need to go slow.

Let’s not get lost here – we’re discussing  the benefits of going slow and using your body wisdom to do it. The Ego won’t want you to go slow – as soon as you do its going to fill your mind with chatter about what you “should” be doing so you better hurry up.

But you will have better health and wellbeing for longer, if you just go slower. For example, when you go slow, you can hear how your body talks to you; you can feel how your breath moves through your body and actually points to where things are stiff or stuck. You become aware that if you direct your breath into your joints, for example, it will curl its way through and around the ends of your bones always looking for the space between them to clear and open them up – which is why over time you’ll notice that you’re less stiff and more flexible. And really that’s the aim of all Yoga and excercise.

So take it really slow and make the stretching part of the excerise not the entree.

But it’s more than the just the physical effects, it’s the emotional and mental impact too. When you let your breath be the Explorer it will take you deeper into your body wisdom and you become aware of the emotion that’s stuck in your joints, bones and muscles.

How many times during the day do you find yourself choking back emotion to keep the peace or save embarrassment? It all has to go somewhere and it goes deep into your body…

When you go slow, you easily and naturally contact it and it releases. You’ll know because you’ll feel much freer when you move. And that’s why stretching is really the main event. So take it slow, breath slow, move slow and your thinking will be sharper too.