Beach Walk 741 – Silence is Divine

I went on a 5-day silent intensive with Lola Jones a few weeks ago. For me it was pure heaven. I have in the past done 24 hours of silence on my birthday, and loved the clarity I experienced. To be able to ignore all others and go within myself for listening, for sharing, for counsel, was very powerful. There is a lot of noise, especially in my work on the social web (twitter, etc) And much as I love it, I was yearning to talk to the divine, to God directly. I can say that the moment we dropped into silence, having prepared for over 2 weeks, my mind came alive with conversation and insight, as if I were seeing my wise best friend after a very long absence.

Curiously enough, I still became quite close to the others on the retreat. We shared the energy of this experience – far more powerful than sharing words, which fail me so much of the time. There was more to this retreat that I will talk about later. For now, I offer up silence as a way to connect with your #1 – your large self, the divine you. And then you become such a gift to others.

Hawaiian word:
Hāmau: silence

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Beach Walk 738 – Version Control

A few weeks ago I talked about updating the database. And there is a tricky second aspect of that. If you are updating an old version of the database, then you miss out on stuff! This happens, sadly, all the time when more than one person has access to a master database. They work “locally, make a bunch of changes, and everything looks cool. But if they don’t connect and send their updates to the main source, then everyone else who uses it is missing something. Or sometimes the db gets moved, and you didn’t know, so you are syncing with an old version.

Each of us is also an author of the master database – in addition to noticing others’ changes we get to add our own! Voila – we end up with being able to “create our own reality.”

Hawaiian word:
Mana: version, as of a tale, branch, spread out

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Beach Walk 737 – Uber Shaman & His Pups

As I have said many times before, “you meet the coolest people on the beach in Hawaiʻi!” Today we met Chris SantaCroce, aka Uber Shaman. It was his birthday, and he was starting the day at the beach with his puppies. He is a renaissance man – doing a number of things with his talents, and in a beach walks kind of way, spreading cheer and consciousness and geekiness to those he meets! To him, I was “that lady who walks the beach?” Yes, whenever I can!

Hawaiian word:
Kahakai: beach

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Beach Walk 735 – Spring Bikini Edition

I’ve been conducting a very lackadaisical campaign on Beach Walks over the past three years to change attitudes about bikinis aka the Bikini Liberation Front. We mostly approach them from the point of view of bikini watchers, not bikini wearers. It is so loaded with who should or should not wear one. Well here in Hawaii they are ubiquitous! No matter what kine body you have – it just feels good to have the warm water of the Pacific and the warm sunshine wash over you. Wayne Dyer once said something very apropos here: “What you think of me is none of my business.” So if you find yourself wanting to wear a bikini this summer, it just may be that all that needs to get in shape is your mind!

Here are previous bikini episodes:
Barnard University Paper on Bikinis and Beach Walks by Patricia Lange
Beach Walk 699 – Bikini Madness
Beach Walk 436 – Bikini Culture, Internet Culture
Beach Walk 211 – Go deeper to see clearly
Beach Walk 149 – Free 2 B U & Me
Beach Walk 91 – Free Your Tummy!
Beach Walk 43 – Live Dangerously; Wear a Bikini!

Hawaiian word:
Manaʻo: mind
ʻAno: shape, type

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Beach Walk 734 – Updating the Database

Updating my database: servers do it automatically every few minutes in some cases- the Internet is so smart, it knows we are constantly changing!

One of the things I am changing is feeling under-appreciated. I had this awareness that I get my satisfaction and pleasure from what I am doing in the moment. Yet I too often have front-loaded and back-loaded things with expectations. They impact the energy and the experience itself. I am choosing to give up that habit as I am a pleasure seeking person! I have re-purposed the pity pot I used to have into a compost bin where my “I am done with that” thoughts go to be reconfigured. Now I ask myself, “Rox, are things being done to you or for you?” This changes the energy in a heart beat. (Because I understand now it’s all for me. And it’s all good.)

Hawaiian word:
Hōkeo ʻikepili: data bank, collection of information

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