Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Rap and Ramble

While Pete and I clean up and prepare ourselves to move from the woods, I'm writing Rap, and Rambling on over at The Safety Pin Cafe.

Updated 8/17/2016
For a while I'll probably be writing at The Safety Pin Cafe about the unfoldings and walking through the fog, 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Po 'ole (the 'Ole phase, the quarter moon phase): kicking back

We've been busy  and needed some re-tuning from the temptation to get stressed out. Today and tonight is a  Po 'Ole, an 'Ole Moon phase (Mahalo nui to Kalei Nu'uhiwa for correcting my Hawaiian) in the Hawaiian Lunar Calendar. A good time to kick back, re-tune, re-assess and kilo (observe) the little things that make for a happy feeling of being in the flow. Small bits of joy, like this Mo'o (lizard) riding an open G.

Something to enjoy! Mahalo ckb.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Kakou mind

Kakou. We (plural, inclusive)
Kakou mind. to think in terms of we/us

Just received the latest Podcast of Leo Kupa, E Ho'olono mai from our son Kawika and Hui Mauli Ola. This one features Keola Souza who talks about Mākau Kino- returning to kanaka ʻōiwi ways of learning to restore mana and maintain pono.

The thing that continues to inspire and recharge me is the exuberance and timely messages that my husband and I receive from these teachings. Open to receive and learn everyday is super important. To keep open channels from the young(er) than we are with a new spin on Ancestral Wisdom, that is a great experience. 

The Kakou Lessons Keola shares was just the bait this old tuna(ahi) needed. Listen closely as this young Kanaka teacher shares one of his favorite 'Olelo No'eau late in the podcast. 

Mahalo nui loa hiapo and hui.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Thank you

"We cross borders without regard, ignorant or arrogant of the protocol native to the transitional spaces that take us from this place to that place. Traditions remembered and practiced would maintain and pass along the right things to do, at the right time, and in the right frame of mind. Have we all become wanderers with passports unstamped with the memory of teachings from the Ancestors and Nature? There are rituals to remember and common magic to induce respect and reverence for the beings and places that share this planet."
 - The 'Introduction' to the medicine story The Safety Pin Cafe

So, as Pete and I dig into the corners to dust and shuffle through the gathered this-and-that's of our lives, tossing the rubble and packing the precious, and make room for our next beautiful place and welcoming communities on Haumea we remember the rituals and the protocol ... we give thanks for what we have, what we have had, and those seen and invisibles who have made it possible. These pictures don't identify you all, but know we aloha all of you. Pardon us if we forgot and left anyone out.

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Mahalo nui loa kakou,
Mokihana and Pete

P.S. Just because it makes me smile to see this dimple face bruddah. Let's play with the Ukulele, in this post for giving mahalo nui. "Mastering Difficult Chords" I need this lesson!!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

New Moon (in Leo) Road Trip

We tapped into the sun-rich energy of a Leo New Moon, packed up our faithful Subaru "Scout" and headed for the dry country tides of Sisters, Oregon. After six beautiful years of rooting and building community in South Whidbey Island, we are spurred to find a new place to continue our Safety Pin Cafe Lifestyle. We have just unpacked from a four day road trip and are reassured that there is indeed more to being on this beautiful planet.

The photos here show where we have been: "Dry Country Tideland." We were welcomed to a beautiful place in the Sisters desert to visit a friend, and the Pack of four dogs who are the inspiration for the canine characters in Beatrix Blunt. At 3,000 feet elevation, the shift in environment is dramatic. Sparse vegetation, dry air, heat and canyon breezes teach me how to sense anew with reverence and respect for who and what is there. I introduce myself to the beings of this dry country and let them hear my voice. My lungs and sinuses clear, breath comes easier, differently, with the dry country tides. It is that ease in breathing I had come to experience.

Hover over the photos for a description.

Our route north, from Sisters took us through the beautiful big rolling hills and ancient spaces of this great 'aina, the land. When we were new to the vardo, our tiny home on wheels, we traveled this same route out of Bend, Oregon where we visited with our same friend and parked in a horse pasture for several weeks. We wished to be with that route again, and were blessed with a comfortable temperature, relatively empty roads, and awe inspiring kilo (observations) that have grown in perception and layered in knowledge. Thanks to many years of living with Mahina and her path of Kaulana (the Hawaiian Moon Calendar) our connection to natural moon cycles has fine-tuned our practice. We notice so much more. We are grateful. Mahalo Na Akua.

The new cycle of Mahina has begun. We are thankful for the experience of being able and willing to open up those safety pins long enough to re-pin them into a future of caring and service, and sharing The Safety Pin Cafe in its evolving nature. We have some new perspectives to fold into our reality. There's plenty to juggle and some of it's not solid. Satori wrote this about the astrology of this new day:

"Thursday morning the Moon hits Virgo, sextiling Juno in Scorpio then moving into conjunction with Mercury. Early on, find your emotional focus point and power up. Steady yourself but stay ready to shift to keep balance. It’s complicated by the Moon’s brief square to Mars in Sagittarius. Don’t bolt: settle. Settle your mood regardless of what needs doing... Read the rest
E Ola. Here's to life, and many thanks to our friends Leslie, Tony and the Pack for the hospitality!