Happy Global Love Day!

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Happy Global Love Day! Let us celebrate twelve years of recognizing May 1 as a “symbolic day of unconditional love.” As you enjoy this day, please reflect on the six tenets of Global Love Day, created by Harold W. Becker & The Love Foundation:

We are one humanity on this planet.
All life is interconnected and interdependent.
All share in the Universal bond of love.
Love begins with self acceptance and forgiveness.
With respect and compassion we embrace diversity.
Together we make a difference through love.

This is an opportunity to embody love and share your light with the world. Feel free to make a love pledge and spread love by using the hashtag #globalloveday. For more information about Global Love Day, visit http://globalloveday.org

With deepest love & gratitude,

Candace

Spreading Aloha Through Photography

As a child, I was interested in photography because my father was a photographer and he had a makeshift darkroom in our basement. My interest drastically dwindled during my high school years as spending time with friends and going to the mall seemed more important. During college, a flame reignited, prompting me to buy a digital camera to document “major” moments in my life but once it broke, I stopped taking photos altogether. Then, I moved to Hawai’i and my partner graciously allowed me to use his camera, which changed everything. Currently, I take hundreds of photos each week, exploring the island and sharing these wonderful moments with the world.

Photography has become a meditation for me, a way to be in the moment while also attempting to convey the magnificence of a blip in time. Photography has made me pay attention to things I have often overlooked, like a bee landing on a flower and the droplets of rain that remain on a leaf long after the rain has stopped. I am fully present when I take photos and more engaged with nature. I am able to recognize the intricacies and complexity of nature while also appreciating its simplicity and peace.

Yesterday, when I was sharing photos of my trip to Kaua’i, I realized that photography is more than just a meditation, it’s also a way to spread Aloha. Through sharing my photographs, I am able to spread the love that courses through my veins with each of you. I am able to express my gratitude for nature. Additionally, I am able to expose people to sites they may have overlooked or have never experienced. The opportunity to share the beauty of Hawai’i is an honor and a privilege of a lifetime.

Mahalo for reading! Please enjoy the photos below:

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Tantalus Palms

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Rays Through the Clouds

For more photos, please visit my online gallery.

The Universality of Love

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Earlier this week, I was experiencing some anxiety about participating in the Hawaii Wellness Expo because I felt that I had not prepared well enough for it. I remember feeling like I needed to have a big banner and lots of items to showcase (so funny where thoughts go especially when we have a moment of amnesia and take ourselves too seriously!). In the midst of it all, I just paused in order to truly reflect on why I was even going to the expo in the first place. The answer that arose was this is simply another opportunity to spread love and that I needed to drop all other agendas and return to the core. And that’s exactly what I did.

As soon as I remembered why I was going, an idea surfaced to ask my visitors “how do you spread Aloha?” That question led to the most amazing conversations, connections, and interactions. It was as if things became viral. People were smiling, laughing, and hugs were in abundance. It no longer became about asking people to join the mailing list or sign up for courses, it became about genuine connection and love. Over the course of the day, more than 80 people shared with us how they spread love each day. I’m tearing up as I write about it now.

I’d like to send a big thank you to everyone who passed by the booth and shared with us! This experience was an excellent reminder of what truly matters and just how universal love really is.

Mahalo for reading! May you experience infinite peace and blessings!

Happy Global Love Day!

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Today is Global Love Day, which was created to promote unconditional love and celebrate humanity! Please take a moment to review the six principles The Love Foundation shares with us:

We are one humanity on this planet.
All life is interconnected and interdependent.
All share in the Universal bond of love.
Love begins with self acceptance and forgiveness.
With respect and compassion, we embrace diversity.
Together we make a difference through love.
        

Each moment is an opportunity for us to open our hearts, express gratitude, and choose love. Let’s spread aloha through each of our actions! I hope that you have an amazing day and month full of love and joy!

Mahalo for reading! 

With love & gratitude,

Candace

Aloha Challenge

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“Every moment is an opportunity to choose love.”

One of the most significant things that attracted me to Hawaii is the “Aloha Spirit” or the spirit of love and giving. I was touched by how relaxed and compassionate people seemed around the island. My boyfriend used to say it seemed like people were being paid to be nice.

Aloha has a lot of meanings and it is way more than just a greeting. Aloha also means love. To say ‘I love you’ in Hawaiian, you would say ‘Aloha Au Ia ‘Oe.’ Aloha is also similar to the word Namaste. It is a recognition of the Divinity in another person and honoring our interconnectedness. Another translation pertains to joyful celebration of the present moment, literally translated to sharing life energy joyfully in the present moment (source). In Hawaii, sharing the “ha” or the life energy/breath is a very sacred activity, it is an allowance of someone to be in your space and a transmission of knowledge, love, and energy. So you see, Aloha has a very deep meaning and it extends far beyond just a greeting, it is a way of life and an attitude. Aloha is related to how we see each other and how we honor one another in the present moment.

Aloha Center for Transformation & Wellness is having an Aloha Challenge this week. The challenge is to complete at least one act of kindness per day. This is an effort to spread the Aloha Spirit throughout the world. Let’s all celebrate the inherent joy in the present moment and spread ALOHA. Please join the celebration on our Facebook page.

Mahalo for reading! May you experience infinite peace and blessings!

With deep gratitude & aloha!

Candace

Six Month Anniversary

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Today marks six months since my move to Hawaii! Moving here is one of the best decisions I have ever made. Hawaii is a place for restoration, rejuvenation, and clarity. Here are three powerful life lessons I have learned since moving here:

1. Fear does not have inherent power, we allot its power. The truth is that we can choose how much influence fear has over our actions. Admittedly, I was absolutely terrified to move to Hawaii. I had no idea how I was going to afford it, where I was going to work, what I was going to do, nothing. Instead of allowing fear to make me a slave to my mind, I decided to look fear right in the face and move forward anyways. I also want to add that absolutely none of my fears have come true, not a single one. From this experience, I realized that fear does not have to stop us, ever.

 2. Be present and relax. Living here has taught me to relax. Worrying and running around in a panic are not conducive to our well-being or the well-being of those around us. Worrying is such a consuming activity that typically has no benefit. I see now more than ever that life is always on our side, if only we stop fighting it. I have learned how to embrace uncertainty and I am freely relaxing in the arms of God.  I am finally allowing my life to flow uninterrupted.

3. You can run but you can’t hide. Many people move to Hawaii to escape something whether it’s emotions, experiences, or just life itself. Admittedly, I genuinely believed that coming here would eliminate some of the things I didn’t want to address directly. But, the bottom line is that we can’t run from life. Life will continue to present the very things that we try to run from regardless of a new location. The truth is that peace comes from within us. If we are unhappy on the mainland, we will be unhappy in paradise (Hawaii). The cause of our unhappiness is that we refuse to accept life’s invitation to embrace its full range of experiences. Paradise is wherever you are, as you are right now. 

 This journey is simultaneously beautiful, frightening, and incredible. Mahalo for reading!

With deep love & appreciation,

Candace

Oh Hawai’i!

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Oh Hawai’i

Written by: Candace Thoth

Oh Hawai’i, you shine so beautifully,

Your love is expressed through the continuously flowering botany,

Oh Hawai’i, can’t you see what you do to me?

You nourish my soul and heal all wounded energy,

Thank you for your gifts and aloha community,

Oh Hawai’i, let’s make your ways a global ideology.

Mahalo for reading! Wishing you all infinite peace!

Return to Aloha

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I am continuously amazed at the twists and turns my journey has taken throughout my life. Twenty-nine days from now I will be relocating to Hawai’i. Last year in July, I had absolutely no idea that I would be moving to Hawai’i. In fact, I was making plans to move to California to complete my postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford or UCLA. All of those plans completely changed on this very day last year when I reconnected with a dear friend from high school.

Upon reconnecting, my friend shared stories about his life in Hawai’i, speaking about his love of the land and its people. There was a majestic quality to his words when he spoke about Hawai’i. He inquired whether I had ever considered relocating to Hawai’i since my childhood dream was to live on a beach and to my own surprise, I responded no. Hawai’i was never a place I had even considered living and upon thinking about it, anxiety arose. My mind created numerous reasons why moving to Hawai’i simply would not be possible: It’s too expensive, it’s too far away from my family, I may feel out of place, and I’ve never even been there, etc. Although I verbally dismissed the idea, the seed had been planted in my heart. As days went on and my relationship with my friend blossomed, my curiosity and courage peaked.

As anxiety settled and clarity emerged, it became apparent that the next step was to visit Hawai’i, so on October 31, 2012 that’s exactly what I did. I flew to Oahu and fell in love. I fell in love with the ‘Āina (ancestral land), myself, and my beautiful friend. I felt like a newborn, curious and excited about everything and everyone I encountered. During my trip, there were many times I was brought to tears by the intense beauty of the ‘Āina and the people.

One of the most touching moments was during a walk through a forest where we saw a man who was making designs and shapes out of palm tree leaves. Upon meeting, he openly shared about the history and art of palm tree weaving (fronds). During our conversation, I noticed that he picked up another leaf and by the end of five minutes, he created a bird for me (see below). I was deeply touched by the level of compassion he was sharing with us in that moment.

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My journey to Hawai’i taught me that the Aloha spirit is real and contagious, it wraps you up and embraces you with warmth and unconditional love. The Aloha spirit is the very reason I am deciding to return to Hawai’i to make it my home, at least for now.

I intend to share my journey with all of you, as it is one of courage, love, and creation.

Wishing you all infinite peace!