Beach Walk 199 – Body Worship

It’s Sunday; join me to celebrate some body worship and surfing too.

About Today’s Show:

There is a tiny church on the waterfront in south Kona that has its doors always open and a perennial view of the sea free to all. Appearance stories have been in the news:
* CBS gets caught taking 20 pounds off Katie Couric
* Ms. Aloha Nui Beauty Contest requires 200 pounds minimum (requires free registration)
* Maryam celebrates size sixteen
Regardless of how a person looks, s/he is bound to encounter prejudice (pre-judgment) from some people. That only matters if the prejudiced person is yourself.

The body is a rich part of our human experience living with limits and boundaries. Some people love to push those limits to extreme ends. After all the body is such an amazing thing to play with once we get away from value judgments and fears about its fragility!

The trick is to figure out what makes you most comfortable in your body. I’ve found that this is fluid for me, meaning I go through phases of wanting more or less food, more or less activity, more or less sleep, etc. It’s taken me decades to learn to be flexible and accepting of this diversity.

Next door to the church where I filmed today’s show is the KuÊ»emanu Heiau, a traditional Hawaiian temple devoted to surfing. Surfing used to be reserved for the ali&$699;i, and it used to be done naked. Now everyone can surf, but most people wear swim suits. 🙂

Would you like to submit a guest Beach Walks episode? (We’ve received one already!) If you would like to submit one, here are the guidelines:
* 3-5 minutes in length
* On a beach or not
* With a dog or not
* Spreading aloha – or positive energy
* Podsafe music (if you want to use music)
* No copyrighted material unless you have written permission

Hawaiian words
Nepunepu: plump
Nui: large, abundant, important
Aliʻi: royalty

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  1. Thank you for perpetuating the positive! I always see you with a smile, and it further brightens what is usually a beautiful day in Lanikai. So, keep it up with the paddling, the aloha and the walks!

  2. mahalo for your comment Terry! we really appreciate your taking the time to leave a comment. 🙂

  3. Another viewer emailed me this historical tidbit:

    “Did you know that in early Hawaii a specific yearly event was for pairing-off couples to be married? And as the standards for beauty were those of the Allii who had lighter skin(not having to labor in the sun) and overweight(more food, less exercise), the girls were actually buried a month up to their necks(to immobilize) in a leaf mixture that bleached their skin. There they were overfed by attendants to add the pounds, finally dug up just in time for the Polynesian version of the “debutant coming-out” party?”