The Lomi Lomi "spark"

There are things in life, that if you love, you sit and think about.

Lomi Lomi is one of those things for me. I think about it for many reasons - as a guidance system to live my life, to be up to date with my emotions and spirit and all the little connections in between those things - but also, because I often think about how to explain an experience, or a concept.

And that's what Lomi really is. An experience. It is ineffable, because it is different for everyone.

But, I believe the one thing that everyone has in common in that experience, is that it sparks the desire within you to be all you can be in the best possible way for yourself.

Somehow, Lomi brings awareness to your life and you are able to see things more clearly, from a different perspective, and you begin to notice the possibilities and opportunities that you maybe were not aware of before.

It does this on a cellular level - yes, you read that right - cellularly. There's a sense of consciousness it brings to life that is brought out through the patterns of the movements the practitioner uses. It's NOT just working ON you, but it IS working THROUGH you. There's clearing and weaving happening.

Maybe too far out for some of you to grasp. That's okay. There is a quote by author Rima M. Morrell that states this feeling eloquently,

We journey by removing subconscious blocks, as well as by growing in consciousness and its use.

So, that's so beautifully stated, assisting me in summarizing this: Lomi brings us to a point of action in our lives. That "magic" of Hawai'i works in all ways everywhere.

 

Lisa Kai is a licensed bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday inspirations for health and wellness. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a tiki freak, loves nature and double dipping her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.

Blueberry Bliss...

In honor of practicing Aloha for myself and giving my mind a break for some integration time for all recent "a-ha moments", life lessons, and decisions; I am choosing to nourish my body and spirit and share it with you...

This is definitely one of my favorite smoothie recipes. It's also great in both warm and cooler weather for those that live in those climates - like me!

I call it    Blueberry Bliss

Ingredients: 1c. coconut water or purified water
                     1c. frozen or fresh organic blueberries   
                     1 frozen organic banana
                     1 or 2 TBSP raw cashew butter
                     huge handful(s) of organic spinach
                     3 dates
                     1/2 tsp. cinnamon or more to your taste (I like to add more, to amp up the digestive fire)

Organic produce does not have pesticides that are harmful to our Earth. If you don't know much about organic versus conventional foods, please do some research and make your own decision about it :)

Organic produce does not have pesticides that are harmful to our Earth. If you don't know much about organic versus conventional foods, please do some research and make your own decision about it :)

NOW.....
1. You will need a good blender for this.

2. Add the liquid to the blender first, then, add the other ingredients. (This will help to move the blades and crush the frozen fruit more efficiently.)
BLEND IT UP and ENJOY!

This will even blend up in an old "Oster" brand blender from the 50'S. The only blender that I have come across that doesn't do it well is the Ninja - sorry Ninja, you just don't make the cut for blending a lot of frozen, thick foods.

Have fun and play around to make it your own - and if you don't like blueberries, I promise to have other smoothie recipes out! Lisa Kai

 


Lisa Kai is a licensed bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday inspirations for health and wellness. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a tiki freak, loves nature and double dipping her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.

All Aloha CAN be...

To begin to understand the richness of Aloha is simple but complex. I have been working on it for at least 12 years, and may always be working on it...

It's easy to go to Maui for a week and feel the mellowness that comes from breathing and relaxing for what seems like the first time in your life. It's great to bring those good vibes, love, freshness, freedom and joy home with you. And then you begin to practice that feeling regularly; awesome! Go for it!!

But, I have learned that it's not always so good to always have that "Pronoia" Aloha vibe going. (Sorry Rob Bresny...)

Aloha is not all about dismissing those uncomfortable feelings in favor of a more positive outlook.
To replace feelings that may be uncomfortable with a glorified feeling of love can be a way of not taking responsibility for a part of life that seems to be a downer at that moment.

This usually happens around anger, frustration, or deep sadness that seemingly comes from nowhere. Maybe you don't appreciate those feelings you are having, or perhaps what someone says triggers something in you you don't want to face. (Ram Dass said we are all a mirror to keep polishing...) But these feelings are just as important as the happiness and joy that follow their acceptance and letting go. 

There is nothing supportive about, and more spiritually and emotionally halting, than telling someone not to feel what they are feeling, or telling them to replace it with a false feeling of joy and good vibes. To me it feels akin to shaming, or "stuffing things under the rug", which we all know leads to even darker places.

Aloha is also about accepting those feelings with love, acceptance and grace. It allows you to look a little bit deeper, if need be, to fully realize where they stem from, and then move on to a better place where you can bring genuine joy and happiness to the place that is part of you right then. In this way, Aloha can be a valuable lesson in embracing all that occurs in your life, good and not so good.

To those new on the spiritual path, and those not so new, it is a good reminder to accept and value every feeling that comes up - including the bummers.
They all have a place and a time.

With that, I say to you, Mahalo for listening and Aloha to every part of your being.
 

Lisa Kai is a licensed bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday inspirations for health and wellness. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a tiki freak, loves nature and double dipping her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.